February 5, 2020 -- Ghost Ship??
Project Boat -- The tattered SS Columbia looks like a ghost ship sitting along old abandoned grain elevators in Buffalo, New York’s “Silo City”..
The three-deck steamboat that last transported passengers a quarter-century ago between Detroit and an amusement park in Canada now sits docked on the Buffalo River in the middle of the old grain silos. Peeling paint, rotted wood and rust mark the once-gleaming boat. The ballroom on the second deck could have staged the ballroom-dancing ghouls in the cult classic “Carnival of Souls.”
The boat arrived here about two years ago to undergo restoration. When the crew’s work is eventually completed – 2023 or 2024 is the current timeline – the plan is for the boat to once again carry on open waters. The cost is pegged at $18 million, with just $4.4 million raised to date. Those funds have been used to scrape 2 tons of zebra mussels off the hull below the waterline, shore up decks, clean the engine room and remove asbestos.
The S.S. Columbia was originally built in Wyandotte, MI in 1902. It's 207 feet long and 60 feet wide.
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