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SPOTLIGHT: S.S. Columbia Project
The S.S. Columbia Project is dedicated to restoring, operating, and interpreting the historic steamship S.S. Columbia as a means of revitalizing the communities of the Hudson River Valley through responsible heritage tourism while reviving the region's 200 year old steamboating traditions. The restored Columbia, already a National Historic Landmark, will carry passengers (including students and tourists) up the Hudson River on day trips allowing them to enjoy the cultural, natural, and environmental resources of the region and re-establish the historic transportation link between New York City and the Hudson River Valley. The vessel will serve as a floating mobile museum and cultural events venue.
When the project first began its residence at the Neighborhood Preservation Center as an incubator group, it was an all-volunteer effort that was just beginning to establish itself to take on this ambitious project. Today the S.S. Columbia Project is a 501(c)3 with a paid staff and dedicated Board of Trustees and Advisors. This fall, the group was able to organize for the ship to be towed from Detroit to a shipyard in Toledo, Ohio where she is currently out of water being readied for a challenging journey next year up the St. Lawrence and then down the Atlantic Coast to New York for the rest of her restoration.
The plan is for her to arrive in New York next summer and be docked in Kingston, before being moved to a New York City berth. To see the video of her latest voyage and get more information on the project, please visit the project website.
The Neighborhood Preservation Center has been pleased to be the base for the S.S. Columbia Project since 2007. For more information about our office program, please visit our website.