SS Columbia and her resurrection . . . back in November 2011, when I took this photo in Detroit, I was not a believer.

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But a year ago, she was towed from Detroit to a Toledo graving dock for inspection and most urgent hull repairs.  The photo below and some of those that follow are used with permission from the SS Columbia project.

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This past summer she was refloated, and

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on September 1, Great Lakes tugs Michigan (1965)  and Nebraska (1929) arrived to tow her from Toledo to Buffalo.   Here’s 0820,

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0830, and

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departing the Maumee River by 1030.

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The next two photos were taken by Luke Wark . . .  late afternoon September on a very placid Lake Erie.  Now note what happens to the stack in the next few photos.

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David Torke captures the tow arriving off  Buffalo and

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up the canal to its new but temporary dock . . . .

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Many thanks to Ian Danic for permission to use these photos.  You can keep informed about the project through this website.

Click here for the article from Professional Mariner.

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