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Steamship Lecture Series: "Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale" Screening and Q & A

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
6:30 pm
Michigan Maritime Museum
South Haven, MI 49090
Cost: $10 non-members, Museum Members FREE
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The Michigan Maritime Museum’s Steamship Lecture Series continues with a screening of the award-winning documentary, Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale at the Maritime Heritage Center on Wednesday, February 15, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. After the screening, filmmaker Aaron Schillinger will join virtually from across the state for a Q & A with the audience.
When STE. CLAIRE and SS COLUMBIA sounded their whistles, every Detroit kid knew it heralded the coming of summer and the magic of ferrying over to nearby Boblo Island Amusement Park. In 1993 Boblo Island tragically shut down, and the boats were left to ruin. Mirroring Detroit's decline and resurgence, two teams of people doggedly attempt the restoration of these iconic vessels as the city stands in the midst of a grass roots renaissance. Martha Reeves, the Motown legend with a lilting voice, narrates this revelatory fable-doc that’s full of heart and hard truths about a challenging restoration and the intoxicating ways that nostalgia can inspire and blur memories. Whether or not you had the chance to ride these iconic boats yourself, you’re sure to enjoy this fascinating look at their history and potential restoration!
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