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Clipper City got into a little trouble this weekend during a craft-beer tasting excursion. The tour schooner ran aground near Liberty Island about 1 p.m., stranding the vessel filled with passengers and crew on a sandy shoal.

No injuries were reported and passengers were evacuated by USCG, FDNY and NYPD marine units. [The New York Daily News]

Coast Guard Station New York small boats assist local government agencies with the evacuation of passengers from the sailing vessel Clipper City, near Liberty Island, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Haines/ Released)

 

The New York Daily News: A booze cruise around lower Manhattan left passengers with a bad hangover Saturday after it ran aground near the Statue of Liberty and all 121 passengers had to be evacuated.

Clipper City, a topsail schooner owned by tour company Manhattan By Sail, got stuck in shoals a half mile south of the statue about 1:10 p.m., officials said.

A Coast Guard Station New York rescue boat assists local government agencies with the evacuation of passengers from the sailing vessel Clipper City, near Liberty Island, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Haines/ Released)

 

The boat, which is 158 feet long and 120 feet high, departed Battery Park at noon for a craft-beer tasting cruise with the passengers and nine crew members on board.

A member from the New York Police Department assists a Clipper City passenger from a Coast Guard Station New York rescue boat, at the North Cove Marina in Manhattan, Sept. 20, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Haines/ Released)

 

Nobody was injured in the mishap and the boat never took on water. All the passengers were taken to the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City by ships from the Coast Guard, NYPD and FDNY, officials said.

Read more from The New York Daily News here…

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

 

SS Columbia. Photo via SS Columbia Project facebook

 

Exciting news! A 1902 excursion steamship is coming to New York! [Detroit Free Press]

SS Columbia, one of two remaining excursion steamships from the early 20th century is on her way to Ohio for repairs, before heading here… to stay!

Photo via SS Columbia Project facebook

 

SS Columbia has been in Michigan for more than a century, ferrying downtown Detroiters to Bois Blanc Island, commonly called Boblo Island – a popular amusement destination at the turn of the 20th century.

The 112-year-old SS Columbia, one of the beloved but battered Boblo boats, leaves Detroit for what is likely the last time Sept. 16, 2014. The vessel was towed down the Detroit River to Toledo for repairs and maintenance in anticipation of being returned to service in the Hudson River Valley in New York. Photo: Dan Austin/HistoricDetroit.org via Detroit Free Press

 

SS Columbia was launched in 1902 and was the first steamboat in the US with a proper ballroom. The ship’s triple decks would be filled with passengers dancing and enjoying music, playing games in the arcade, or nibbling on delectable snacks that were procured at the snack bar.

Photo: Dan Austin/HistoricDetroit.org via Detroit Free Press

 

Detroit Free Press: The SS Columbia, one of the beloved but battered Boblo boats, has left Detroit for what is likely the last time. Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the steamer left her longtime home in Ecorse, yanked away by tugs to Toledo.

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 It is there that the nonprofit Columbia Project will lift the ship out of water, move it into drydock and get her shipshape again. Or at least shipshape enough to make the trek to New York state by next August. The SS Columbia Project has spent years working on a plan to return the boat to service in the Hudson River Valley.

To learn more about the S.S. Columbia project, go to sscolumbia.org.

Read more from Detroit Free Press here…

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