The SS Columbia Steamship, also called the Boblo Boat, took generations of Detroiters to the Boblo Island amusement park on Bois Blanc Island from 1902 until 1991. Since then, the historic ship fell into disrepair. Today, the SS Columbia Project is working to restore her for use on the Hudson River in New York. The SS Columbia was constructed in Wynadotte, Michigan. She was the first steamboat in the US to have a proper ballroom thanks to a new girder system designed by naval architect Frank Kirby. It took 90 minutes to to make the 18-mile trip to Bois Blanc Island, so passengers could enjoy dancing, an arcade, and a snack bar along the way. The SS Columbia is also famous as a setting for a Civil Rights battle in 1945. Sara Elizabeth Ray, a young African American woman, boarded the boat with her classmates for a graduation cruise. When the transportation company told her to leave the boat, Ms. Ray filed a complaint and won her suit in the state and US Supreme courts to forbid discrimination in public places. The decision helped pave the way for Brown vs. Board of Education, which determined that separate facilities are inherently unequal. This scan was taken while the boat was in dry dock in Toledo. It has since been moved to Buffalo, NY for continued restoration.