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Awfavre
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 10:03 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Gaelic tugs Carolyn Hoey & Patricia Hoey are now (9:45 a.m.) moving the old Boblo steamer Ste. Claire to her winter berth at the Nicholson Ecorse slip.

Those of you in the RenCen or in another building Downtown with a view of the river should be able to see the move.
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Living_in_the_d
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 10:54 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Did they ever restore this beautiful ship? Lots of memories.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:02 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Living, check it out here:

http://www.bobloboat.com/
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Living_in_the_d
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:09 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cool!, Thanks Johnlodge, You made My day.
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Rickinatlanta
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:15 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Took a tour of the Ste. Claire this past summer. The volunteers have done a tremendous amount of work with much to go. The boat was looking really good and it brought back a lot of memories from the 50's & 60's and Bob-Lo Island.
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Buyamerican
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:32 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Both Bob Lo Boats. I don't know which boat is the Columbia or the Ste. Claire; I thought you'd enjoy this picture taken by the Detroit Fire Department photographer many years ago.


Bob Lo Boats


(Message edited by Buyamerican on January 16, 2008)
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Sstashmoo
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:32 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

JL, that webpage made it sound like Columbia is still at Nicholson. I thought it was headed for Buffalo? To be a Casino? I took me old Chris Craft up in there and shot some DVD movies a few years back. That same day (early August 2006) there was a really nice old 90 foot or so steam yacht with someone living aboard. Not sure if they were transient berthed or what.

I'll try to get some video posted one of these days.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:43 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe the Columbia is still here. She is supposed to be moved to the Hudson River by 2009.
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Awfavre
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Sstashmoo, Johnlodge is right, the Columbia is still in the Nicholsonís Ecorse slip.

As for that yacht, Iím thinking it might be the lovely old Helene, which used to run charters on Lake St. Clair. Is the one in the link below the one you saw?
http://www.boatnerd.com/news/newsthumbs/images05b/HELENEb3206-26-05mn.jpg

She went to Nicholson's for fire damage repairs & a new pilothouse, reportedly sank at the dock, & never came back out. I donít know why. She used to pass by Downtown nightly during the summers for awhile there. Gorgeous vessel.

(Message edited by awfavre on January 16, 2008)

(Message edited by awfavre on January 16, 2008)
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Gingellgirl
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:54 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I like watchin' the boats go by . . .

http://www.detroithistorical.o rg/webcam/default.htm
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Sstashmoo
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:48 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

QUote: "reportedly sank at the dock, & never came back out."

Yep, thats the same boat I have on video. They never recovered her? That is a shame. Have any idea of her status now?

Sometimes I think they should pass laws like they do for pet owners. If people are going to purchase these pieces of Americana they have an obligation to care for them. Unless a qualified surveyor says otherwise. We've lost too many fine old vessels and living examples of our maritime history to simple neglect and disinterest. Our kids and their kids if so inclined will have jpegs.
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Msamslex
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 3:19 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I took our summer day camp kids on the Diamond Jack boat ride last year and we passed by the
St. Claire. I almost cried to see it in the shape it's in, pardon me, she's in. We went to Bob Lo so many times when I was a kid and had the best time. It saddens me to think that today's kids will never know Bob Lo just as they'll never know about the Hudson's 12 floor Christmas display downtown.
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Buddyinrichmond
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Oh the horrors! How will the kids cope?
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7_and_kelly_kid
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memories of the St. Claire?..........dancing with my 3 year old daughter while the engines were thrumming and the music was humming to the beat and watching the Canadian shore pass by.................sigh.....i' m sitting here trying to remember the song exactly........
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Gingellgirl
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 4:06 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Did it go
"Comic books and rubber bands
Climb into the tree top
Falling down and holding hands
Tricycles and Redpop . . ."
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7_and_kelly_kid
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When was the last time you had a good slug of Red Pop?............no no.....................It was a rock song out in the summer of '85?.....I'm working on it.............
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7_and_kelly_kid
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got it!........."Everybody wants to rule the world"..(ain't it the truth)
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Gingellgirl
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 4:32 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tears for Fears
Tres cool.
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Busterwmu
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For the past four summers, I've worked on the Diamond Queen, on Diamond Jack's downtown Detroit tour. We passed by the Ste. Claire moored on the face of Tri-Centennial park for every tour this past summer. If it's back in the same place this summer, we'll be doing it again. If you want to see the Columbia, take the Wyandotte 1PM tour on the Diamond Jack. They go up into the Nicholson's slip in Ecorse and turn around right beside the Columbia. The Columbia has shrink wrapping covered most of the upper decks.
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Ltdave
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i went to Bob-Lo with my parents, sister and grandmother one year. i think i was 9. i was not very impressed. i had been to Cedar Point 4-5 years earlier...

i felt TERRIBLE for my mom and dad having spent so much money (dad never got rich working those 42 years) for a fairly lame outing. after we got to the park we had to buy tickets to ride anything, just like at a transient carnival. the costs just kept on going up and up and you didnt really know what you spent until the day was over and you had an empty wallet...

i did like the boat ride and im sure my grandmother did too...
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7_and_kelly_kid
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yup.................thanks!... ...........of course I can't get it out of my head now......ah.it was a warm day.............maybe I can get them to play it at her wedding.............(if I'm invited).
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Sstashmoo
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 9:39 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Quote: "Oh the horrors! How will the kids cope?"

The same way they do now, stick em in front of a TV, buy em a PS2 and turn their brains to jelly. Know anyone like that?
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Irish_mafia
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:24 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I worked on the St. Claire on the summer of 82. Best job I ever had!

You are killing me with the talk of the Helene sinking. My old dog Casey was a puppy living on the sly on the Helene before she came to live in our home. It seems like only a summer or two that she (The Helene) has been off the water
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You're already dating yourself Sstashmoo, it's not a PS2 or a PS3, it's a Wii...if you wanna spend $59 a game. I recall the rates for the Ford, Chrysler & GM Employee Days @ Bob-Lo weren't too bad. The prices on Cali amusement parks are just nuts-even going thru Costco or ASB
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Dan
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Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 12:16 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

B..O..B..L..OOOOOOOOO It's Boblo Island.
It's Rock'n
It's Roll'n
WOW MAN!
Watch it go, round and round
B..O..B..L..OOOOOOOOO

With none other then Bart and Homer Simpson singing back up.

-Boblo commercial circa 1991....Somewhat distorted by my memory.
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Sstashmoo
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Quote: "You're already dating yourself Sstashmoo"

Batsonian reply: It was simply a metaphor. :-)
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We did the Ste. Claire tour this summer too. It was a rainy day, so we had all the privacy and time we wanted to explore what was available to see. Unfortunately, the rain also highlighted the leaks in the ceilings and other places that need attention. There's a lot of work to do, but it's attainable - the Book Cadillac is a case in point. But it'll take money. The memories are great. The boat seems smaller somehow (surprise, surprise), but it would be nice to get her back as an actual moving vessel.
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Memories? I was a DJ on the boats during the summer of '84. Love/hate kind of job. Loved it for the exposure and prestige, hated it because seldom were we allowed to actually go on the island with everyone else. Plus, it was the era of records and we had to bring our own equipment. 3-4 record crates, mixer and two turntables. Thanks, Apple! I coulda used an iPod 20 years ago!
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Watch the Bob-Lo commercial here
80's Bob-Lo commercial

Faygo Red pop commercial

It thrills me to know that so many remember our beloved Bob-Lo Steamers. Visit my sites The Bob-Lo Boat and The Bob-Lo Steamers Tribute site Full Steam Ahead
Mr. Lee
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My dad worked the Beer Deck of both the Ste Claire and the Columbia from 72-77.

One of the stories I remember him telling me was how when the cruise was winding down and heading back to Detroit, they'd always play "Brandy" by The Looking Glass
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I was fortunate enough to be a guest on the Helene during the hydroplane races on the Detroit River one summer in the late 60's or early 70's. It was owned by the uncle of a friend of mine. I believe his name was C.M. Verbiest or something like that. He was in the insurance business. The Helene was one classy vessel. I remember the crew members in their white uniforms serving drinks and food to all of us. Boy did I feel special! Out of place, but special! I'd never been around people that had much money.
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I remember back in the very early 80's my brother performed in a talent show or something at Boblo. He was a magician (Doventi was his stage name) I was only 7 or 8 so the whole day is a hazy memory, but the boat ride was my favorite part. I remember the seagulls would follow the boat and you could toss a french fry in the air and they would catch it in mid air which was the coolest thing ever. I remember a loud band on board and my dad taking me to see the paddle wheel. It was so big and loud I was afraid to get too close. I remember the 2 boats passing by and everyone waving to each other and the big horns saluting. Oh, to go back in time for a day...
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hey Mallory...I was on the St. Clair in the summer of 1984, working for the fred silber concessions company. Worked the stand at the rear of the boat on the dance floor. Girlfriend worked the souviener booth. good good times....andy
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Grumpy, You are correct that Mr. Verbiest owned the Helene at that time. She is currently owned by Shamrock Charters. This is one of the companies owned by the family that owns Nicholson's (Deane's) She is a beautiful boat and has always been diesel powered. They did an extensive job of restoring the wheelhouse after a winter fire and somehow the following winter she sank at her winter lay up dock. She has been raised, but has not yet been repaired. Sad to see. She's always been my favorite yacht.

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