Ste. Claire (passenger steamboat)

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Ste. Claire
Steamer Ste Claire c 1915.jpg
Name: Ste. Claire
Operator: Detroit & Windsor Ferry Company
Builder: Toledo Shipbuilding Company
Yard number: Hull 116
Launched: 7 May 1910
General characteristics
Type: 190 feet long, 50
Tonnage: 870 (gross), 507 (net)
Length: 190 ft (58 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 14.5 ft (4.4 m)
Depth: 17.3 ft (5.3 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
Ste. Claire (steamer)
Ste. Claire (passenger steamboat) is located in Michigan
Ste. Claire (passenger steamboat)
Location 125 S. Dix St., Detroit [1]
Coordinates 42°17′45″N 83°9′2″W / 42.29583°N 83.15056°W / 42.29583; -83.15056Coordinates: 42°17′45″N 83°9′2″W / 42.29583°N 83.15056°W / 42.29583; -83.15056
Built 1910
Architect Kirby,Frank E.; Toledo Shipbuilding Co.
Architectural style Other
NRHP Reference # 79001177
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 2, 1979[2]
Designated NHL July 6, 1992[3]

SS Ste. Claire is a steamship that was formerly located in Detroit, Michigan. She was declared a US National Historic Landmark in 1992.[3][3][4]

The ship was designed by Frank E. Kirby, who also designed the SS Columbia.

"Ste. Claire was launched at 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, a record of service on a single run unequaled in U.S. maritime history."[3] However, the latter part of the claim is false: it is undermined by the fact that the Columbia served on the same run for a slightly longer time, which the NRHP registration document makes clear.[4] After the island park closed in 1993, she fell into disrepair. In 2003 she was towed to Toledo, Ohio, where she has been undergoing restoration. In 2015, the vessel was towed to the former Detroit Lime Dock on the Rouge River, while her restoration remains in limbo.[5]

A partial restoration of both ships, Columbia and Ste. Clair, was made for the 2014 feature film Transformers: Age of Extinction.[6]

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  1. ^ Jim Kasuba (November 6, 2015). "Boblo Boat Ste. Claire moves from Ecorse to Rouge River; restoration set to begin". The News Herald. 
  2. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Ste. Claire". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  4. ^ a b Worden, Bill (1 November 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Ste. Claire / Steamer Ste. Claire" (PDF). National Maritime Initiative. National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-08-28.  and
    "Accompanying four photos, from 1910, c.1915, c.1966, and undated" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  5. ^ Austin, Dan (July 24, 2015). "Unless it finds a new home, Boblo boat may be scrapped". Detroit Free Press. 
  6. ^ "Historic Boblo boats land role in Transformers 4". CBC News. 29 July 2013. 

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