Many Sunsets ago there were two sisters that would play along the Detroit river. For many years they would enjoy traveling with friends and family as they would visit a magic land on a wonderful little island. The sisters would make their trips, day after day, and as the years went by, they grew older and older, but still enjoyed there time together while greeting old friends who now have their own children. As the years went by there were less and less people that wanted to go on a journey with the two sisters, and then one day they finally made there last trip to the beautiful little island in the Detroit River. After 81 years of playing on the river together, the two sisters parted, and went there separate ways. one is still near the Detroit River resting and waiting for the day she can visit the little island with all her friends and family.
The Ste. Claire was launched at the Toledo Shipbuilding Company in 1910, and entered service later that year as part of the fleet operated by the Detroit & Windsor Ferry Company. For 81 years, this vessel carried passengers to Boblo Island until the park closed in 1993. The Ste Claire and her sister ship the Columbia are the last two passenger steamers left in the country. The Ste Claire was declared a US National Historic Landmark in 1992 and is currently on the rouge river awaiting restoration, you can find out more at Bobloboat.com
Update: The Ste Claire was recently purchased and moved to Riverside Marina, Here is an article about the sale of the ship at Clickondetroit HERE
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