SS Columbia Project

SS Columbia Project Steamer Columbia, the oldest surviving passenger steamboat in the United States, will revive the grand tradition of the great American excursion steamboats.
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The non-profit SS Columbia Project is restoring America’s oldest surviving passenger steamer, the National Historic Landmark vessel SS Columbia. Once restored, Columbia will: 1. Reconnect New York City to the Hudson Valley cities and towns; 2. Operate as a new event venue on the Hudson River -- a floating platform for arts and entertainment; 3. Offer immersive, interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs; 4. Self-sustain as a for-profit events space

The non-profit SS Columbia Project is restoring America’s oldest surviving passenger steamer, the National Historic Landmark vessel SS Columbia. Once restored, Columbia will: 1. Reconnect New York City to the Hudson Valley cities and towns; 2. Operate as a new event venue on the Hudson River -- a floating platform for arts and entertainment; 3. Offer immersive, interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs; 4. Self-sustain as a for-profit events space

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SS Columbia Project
12/01/2020
SS Columbia Project

SS Columbia Project

It's giving Tuesday! We're asking all our friends and supporters to join us in raising matching funds for a pair of critical projects. Every dollar helps- Please donate and share!
charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/restoring-the-ss-columbia-matching-funds

It's giving Tuesday!  We're asking all our friends and supporters to join us in raising matching funds for a pair of cri...
12/01/2020
Restoring the SS Columbia -Matching Funds

It's giving Tuesday! We're asking all our friends and supporters to join us in raising matching funds for a pair of critical projects. Every dollar helps- Please donate and share!
charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/restoring-the-ss-columbia-matching-funds

Built in 1902, Steamer Columbia is truly the last of her kind. The SS Columbia Project is restoring the boat and will return her to the waters as an iconic historic vessel and cultural and educational resource. But we need your help. Time is running out ...

Detroits Other Rosa Parks: Sarah Elizabeth Ray
10/01/2020

Detroits Other Rosa Parks: Sarah Elizabeth Ray

"Bob-Lo Discrimination Ruled Out" by James M. Haswell. Printed Tuesday, February 3, 1948, by Detroit Free Press.⁠

Here's an excerpt below:⁠

"The Supreme Court by 6 to 2 decision held that the Michigan law forbidding discrimination in public accommodations on grounds of race, color or creed, applies to Bob-Lo boat excursions even though they are foreign commerce."⁠

🗞️ To read the full article, visit our website. LINK IN BIO⁠
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⁠#SarahERay #civilrightsactivist #detroit #detroithistory #civilrights #civilrightsmovement #blackhistoryfacts #historyteacher #historyfacts⁠ #injustice #femscholar #blackeducation #educationmatters #racism #detroitsotherrosaparks #blackvotersmatter

Please join us TONIGHT at 7pm for a live virtual benefit reading of Glory Be Columbia: Mistress of the Moonlight written...
09/21/2020

Please join us TONIGHT at 7pm for a live virtual benefit reading of Glory Be Columbia: Mistress of the Moonlight written by Justin Rivers and directed by Michael Joseph Ormond.

You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glory-be-columbia-live-reading-tickets-119701559587

The play explores a woman’s life-long and unique connection to the SS Columbia, one of America’s last day boat steamers as both her older and younger selves act as an archive to Columbia‘s special place in the lives of so many Detroit-area natives. This event is open to the public.

This live reading will feature the talents of Tony Award Nominee, June Gable, Zoe Watkins, and Evan Brubaker. Glory Be Columbia will benefit the SS Columbia Project, a non-profit currently restoring the historic steamer.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glory-be-columbia-live-reading-tickets-119701559587

You Tube Video Preview: https://youtu.be/YDuquCP3Vk8

09/04/2020

We're very happy to share that the Columbia has received two grants in recent weeks:
The Gerry Charitable Trust awarded us $25,000 for restoration work on the boat,
And from the JM Kaplan Fund, $15,000 for general operating support.

Thanks so much to all our supporters!!

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
08/14/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

Fourteen years ago today, Sarah Elizabeth Ray passed away. Our research tells us she was alone and surviving on social security checks. Sadly, this is all too common a story in America.

Sarah was a civil rights pioneer and the matriarch of Detroit’s east side. A strong woman who bore much responsibility on her shoulders. Today let us also remember her love of dance and song. How she could light up a room with her laugh.

Please help us tell Sarah’s story so that she, like the many people who fight to make change in the US, might never be forgotten again.
www.DetroitsOtherRosaParks.com

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
08/13/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

Fourteen years ago today, Sarah Elizabeth Ray passed away. Our research tells us she was alone and surviving on social security checks. Sadly, this is all too common a story in America.

Sarah was a civil rights pioneer and the matriarch of Detroit’s east side. A strong woman who bore much responsibility on her shoulders. Today let us also remember her love of dance and song. How she could light up a room with her laugh.

Please help us tell Sarah’s story so that she, like the many people who fight to make change in the US, might never be forgotten again.
www.DetroitsOtherRosaParks.com

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
08/13/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

Fourteen years ago today, Sarah Elizabeth Ray passed away. Our research tells us she was alone and surviving on social security checks. Sadly, this is all too common a story in America.

Sarah was a civil rights pioneer and the matriarch of Detroit’s east side. A strong woman who bore much responsibility on her shoulders. Today let us also remember her love of dance and song. How she could light up a room with her laugh.

Please help us tell Sarah’s story so that she, like the many people who fight to make change in the US, might never be forgotten again.
www.DetroitsOtherRosaParks.com

08/12/2020

This is the raw undedited recording of the event launching Aaron Schillinger's short video "Sarah Elizabeth Ray: The Rosa Parks of SS Columbia" from July 21, 2020. The recording includes a showing of Aaron's short. Action starts at about 3 minutes 30 seconds.

SS Columbia, Sara Elizabeth Ray... Buffalo?
07/20/2020
SS Columbia, Sara Elizabeth Ray... Buffalo?

SS Columbia, Sara Elizabeth Ray... Buffalo?

When the SS Columbia (built in 1902) first floated into Buffalo, no one could have guessed the history that floated along with her. Not only is the Columbia the doppelgänger to Buffalo's once beloved SS Canadiana (only the wheelhouse remains), the ship is also an important piece of black history. Y...

Presenting:Sarah Elizabeth Ray: The Rosa Parks of SS ColumbiaA Short Video Produced by Aaron SchillingerZoom Video Confe...
07/15/2020

Presenting:
Sarah Elizabeth Ray: The Rosa Parks of SS Columbia
A Short Video Produced by Aaron Schillinger

Zoom Video Conference
with Panel Discussion to Follow Video
Tuesday, July 21, 2020--7:00 PM

To register please visit: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4642096

Great News!:The National Trust for Historic Preservation have recognized Columbia in the "Where Women Made History" prog...
07/09/2020
Where Women Made History

Great News!:

The National Trust for Historic Preservation have recognized Columbia in the "Where Women Made History" program, honoring Sarah Elizabeth Ray and her fight for justice 1945-1948.

Check it out:
https://contest.savingplaces.org/rajiprz2

Ten years before Rosa Parks was removed from a bus, Sarah Elizabeth Ray was removed from a boat, Steamer Columbia. Sarah's experience (long unrecognized) is now known to have inspired Rosa's. In June 1945, Sarah was aboard Columbia, the sole African American on a celebratory graduation cruise with h...

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
06/22/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

Video launch announcement! On this day 75 years ago, a brave African American secretary named Sarah Elizabeth Ray began her fight to integrate the segregated Boblo boat, SS Columbia. Until now, this civil rights hero has been largely forgotten. We want to change that.

We partnered with Detroit writer and activist Desiree Cooper to recreate her fight for equality. Our four-minute, animated short film, “Sarah Elizabeth Ray: Detroit's Other Rosa Parks,” will have its public premiere at the July edition of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers live storytelling event.

Check out these stills from the film and stay tuned for details!

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers®
Desiree Cooper
SS Columbia Project

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
06/19/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

On June 18th, 1898 our beloved Boblo Island opened for the first time. 122 years ago today! We have another important anniversary coming up this weekend. Stay tuned for a special video soon!

Photos courtesy of the Marsh Historical Collection.

04/10/2020

Friends of the SS Columbia, Once again, this grand old lady is facing an existential threat, this time brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. Please consider making a donation today- every dollar matters! Thank you, and stay healthy. -The crew of the SS Columbia.

Another magnificent shot from Jim Cavanaugh of James Cavanaugh Photography. Breathtaking view of Buffalo Silo City with ...
01/28/2020

Another magnificent shot from Jim Cavanaugh of James Cavanaugh Photography. Breathtaking view of Buffalo Silo City with Columbia dockside.

An aerial view of some of Buffalo's historic grain elevators along the Buffalo River.

Torn Space Theater
01/17/2020

Torn Space Theater

#tst BURDEN 2016, TST's Roaring 20s on the S.S. Columbia!

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I would love to know current information about this boat. I would love to see a current day picture also.
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SS Columbia made a brief appearance on New York Yankees baseball tonight. Yanks are playing the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field tonight. This flashed by as they went to break.
I sailed aboard her in 1975!
i was on the great ship as a kidd in the 70s picked us up in wyandotte mi and my best part that i watched was the engine i am now a marina owner 1 mile north of wer it picked me up
I thought this article would be interesting to your sites followers.
An invitation to Columbia's launch.
This is a question that's been in my head for awhile, When the restoration of Columbia's funnel is complete, will there be some sort of design or coat of arms on it or will it just be a plain black funnel?
If you are a Canadian and you went to Boblo Island, we want to hear from you! This Saturday October 5th (tomorrow) the Boblo Boats film crew will be at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market (from 9am - noon) and the Downtown Amherstberg Waterfront from 1pm - 3pm gathering Boblo memories. If you have stories or thoughts on your times at Boblo please send us a message and we will arrange a time to meet you. We are looking for diverse stories from all people. All participants get a free Boblo postcard! Please message our FB page Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters or send an email to: [email protected] Or just show up at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market from 9am to noon or by the Amherstburg Waterfront from 1pm - 3pm. Thank you, Aaron Schillinger (Director)
Just curious, what source materials (Deck plans, photographs, passenger recollections, or a combination) will be utilized in the restoration of Columbia's interior?
Why does this boat sit idle in Buffalo, NY? I lived there until my recent move to Arizona, there hasn’t been any activity on board this vessel in 2 years. It sits like the ghost ship it is lonely with many people interested in seeing the inside. This could be a great way to raise some funds toward your restoration project. It isn’t doing you or the people of Buffalo, NY any good just being an eyesore on our water. Please come up with a plan to satisfy everyone.