Last year at about this time, Gossips reported on the project to bring the National Historic Landmark steamship S.S. Columbia, the last surviving steamer in America, to the Hudson River and restore her. This year, there's an update on the project's progress.
The exciting news is that next year, in spring 2015, the S.S. Columbia is expected to make the trip from the Detroit River, where it is now moored, to the Hudson River, where the steamship will be restored to its former glory with the goal of reviving the historic water transportation link between New York City and the Hudson Valley. It has not been determined how Columbia will make the journey, whether towed by a barge or on a barge, but the journey will be by water--from the Detroit River into Lake Erie, through the Welland Canal into Lake Ontario, along the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic, then down the coast to New York Harbor, and from there to the Hudson River, where Columbia will be moored in Kingston while it is being restored. Kingston was chosen because the Clearwater is docked there and Hudson River Maritime Museum is there, but Hudson needs to prepare, so that when the Columbia has been restored it can stop here as the day liners did in the past.
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