A Tribute to the S.S. Canadiana 1910 - 2004, photo by Rick Doan.

The ship was designed by Frank E. Kirby for the Lake Erie Excursion Company, owner of Crystal Beach Amusement Park Built and launched at the Buffalo Dry Dock at a cost of $150,000, the ship featured three decks with a length of 216 feet and a beam of 56 feet. Her triple expansion 1,446 horsepower steam engine generated a top speed of 23 knots.  Amenities included the largest dance floor on the Great Lakes with a live orchestra.
As a passenger ferry between Buffalo and Crystal Beach she made six daily excursions. Nicknamed "The Crystal Beach Boat" with a maximum capacity of 3,500, she carried an estimated 1.5 million passengers over a 46 year run.
The Capstan, Bollard and Propeller, remain a silent testimony to Crystal Beach's Marine Heritage.

Major Donors

Text is forthcoming
An Initiative of "The Canadian Group"
Rick Doan, Paul Kassay, Harvey Holzworth.
My name is Mr. Lee, webmaster for the Bob-Lo Steamers, the Bob-Lo Boat Ste. Claire and former webmaster of the Steamer Columbia Foundation. The Bob-Lo Boats like the Canadiana were designed by famed marine architect Frank E. Kirby.  This site Is a tribute to Mr. Kirby and the men and women who served aboard the S.S. Canadiana.  It is also a tribute to  the Canadiana Preservation Society and its President Mr. Floyd Baker, this group is to be commended for their dedication and tireless efforts to save Canadiana. Sadly Canadiana was scrapped, another piece of our maritime history stolen from us. The links in the side menu bar contain the links to the text from the original S.S. Canadiana Preservation Society web site.  The top menu bar are links to the new pages I have created. 

The photo gallery on this web site contains images from various sources online and those which have been submitted by visitors. We make no claim to hold any copyright to the images posted on the site unless otherwise noted. I am simply blogging images found and any history or information related to them. When an image is found, its original source will be documented and made available on the site including a link to the source web site. While our goal is simply to promote images and information we find online to interested viewers, we understand if you may be the owner of the image and do not want it promoted here. If you are the owner of an image on our site and do not wish to have it posted here, we will remove the item if you provide the proper details and information to us via email.  Thank you for visiting this site and we ask that you support the preservation efforts of the Bob-Lo Boat Ste. Claire and the S.S. Columbia Project , the last two remaining examples of Mr. Kirby's work.  Enjoy your visit.  

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