The Columbia has been at the shipyard in Toledo for the past year, while ironworkers repaired the hull. The tour on Thursday is an opportunity to view the progress, but it's also a chance for people in eastern Michigan and northern Ohio to bid farewell to the steamer that once carried holidaymakers from downtown Detroit to an amusement park on Bois Blanc Island in Lake Erie. So, if you don't want to drive nine and a half hours to see the Columbia in person this Thursday, you can take a virtual tour of the ship, courtesy of the Detroit Free Press, or you can just wait. The S.S. Columbia is headed our way!
In September, Columbia will sail across Lake Erie to a temporary berth in Buffalo. The ultimate goal for the steamer, after its restoration is complete, is to be a floating museum and cultural venue, offering daily excursions on the Hudson River. The big question for us in Hudson is: When Columbia is ready to ply the waters of the Hudson, will our waterfront be ready to receive it as it did the great dayliners of old?
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