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John Berry wrote: The St. Clair is in Toledo OH. under going a total restoration. "I am involved in fundraising for the restoration of the Ste. Claire. She is currently in storage in Toledo, Ohio – ironically, the same shipyard where she was born. She has been covered in plastic to prevent damage from the elements. The current owners, John and Diane, purchased the ship and want to restore her to glory again. To date, they have financed the refurbishing of the Ste. Claire with their own money. Restoration and government funds are being sought for help underwriting the costly revival."
To date, the hull has been fully repaired and repainted. It took two weeks just to scrape the zebra mussels off the ship. The Ste. Claire recently passed U.S. Coast Guard inspection, good for the next five years. She was poorly looked after by previous “historic minded” individuals and companies. The ship is structurally sound, but much woodwork will be required. The engine has been completely dismantled and packed in oil, but can easily be put back together, according to the previous ship’s engineer. The brass railing where children used to swing around the corner on is still there, as are the stained glass windows at the top of the stairs. Most of the wood moulding is intact too. To read all about it click the pic or click here for some great info.


......The Steamer Columbia, which was formerly one of the famous Boblo Boats, is in danger of being sold to New York. Support the effort to keep Columbia in Detroit by clicking the above pic............ Detroitpix