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Former Boblo Island Steamer St. Clare Burned


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Old 07-06-2018, 08:47:50 PM
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Default Former Boblo Island Steamer St. Clare Burned

Fear a total loss, she was built in 1910
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/ne...ina/763257002/
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Default Re: Former Boblo Island steamer St. Clare Burned

Thank you for posting, Farquharman.

It's a sad day for all of us who spent at least part of our growing up years in this area, and for whom the Bob-Lo boats and amusement park contributed many fond memories. I'd like to imagine it could be fixed but it looks pretty hopeless to me.

If any one thing can be said about greater Detroit with absolute certainty it is that we are extremely poor stewards of our historic heritage. And I don't see that changing any time soon.

For those of you non-Detroiters who are wondering, "Bob-Lo" amusement park was located on Canadian Bois Blanc Island, downriver from Detroit. Every summer people from all over the region would flock to downtown Detroit, park their cars and get onto the Bob Lo boat for the short ride to the island. It was a nice island and the whole experience was great fun for even those of us who did not care much for amusement park rides. If you and your date stayed late, you could look forward to a romantic evening boat ride back to the city. But who needs that junk when we have smart phones and big screen TV?

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Default Re: Former Boblo Island Steamer St. Clare Burned

Long before I was afflicted with Steamitis, I took an evening cruise on the Boblo.

I can remember watching the triple expansion engine for most of the trip.

Sad news.
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Default Re: Former Boblo Island Steamer St. Clare Burned

The show boat Minnasota in dry dock here had the same thing happen to it A welders torch caused the fire and all they saved was the paddle wheel. It was steam driven.
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Default Re: Former Boblo Island Steamer St. Clare Burned

Sad,very sad.
But what I find even more sad is the fact not much thought went into that process. They all knew fire was a risk,they all knew welding makes sparks,how hard would it be to have placed a couple pumps and hoses around for fast response? The way the fire was being fought you would think they were roasting wennies instead of trying to put it out.

I realize this was probably a accident but sometimes considering modern society's hatred toward our past and preserving it, makes me wonder if it was not on purpose. Arson does happen,for insurance,revenge,and spite.
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