New Boblo Boat documentary out next month in Detroit

“Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale” poster. Courtesy of Emagine Theatres

A new documentary traces an effort to save a Boblo Boat, one of the steamships that used to bring Detroiters to the famed Boblo Island amusement park.

Driving the news: Narrated by singer Martha Reeves, “Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale” opens Sept. 15 with showings in several Emagine Theaters and the Mariner Theater in Marine City.

Flashback: Tons of locals still have memories of the park. It was open for more than 85 years until it shut down in 1993.

  • The ferry ride there and back on the Columbia or Ste. Claire was a highlight: “After coming aboard, visitors could look down from the main deck into the engine room, where powerful shafts and cams slowly warmed up. With a blast of the big steam whistle, lines were cast off, and the 20- mile voyage began…” the Detroit Historical Society’s account reads.

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