Gossips has been following the progress of the S.S. Columbia ever since the project was first announced in May 2013.
When last we reported on the project back in August, the Columbia was getting set to leave the Ironhead Shipyard in Toledo, where it had been for the past year undergoing $1.6 million in hull stabilization, and make the journey across Lake Erie to a temporary berth in Buffalo.
Today the S.S. Columbia Project reports that the Columbia arrived safely in New York on September 2. On our side of the lake, the country's oldest surviving excursion steamboat was greeted by a flotilla of sailboats and kayaks led by the fireboat Edward M. Cotter and the tall ship Spirit of Buffalo as it was towed into Buffalo Harbor.
The Columbia will be docked at Silo City in the Buffalo River for a year in preparation for its journey to the Hudson River and New York City.
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Photos of the Columbia in Buffalo by Gene Witkowski for the S.S. Columbia Project