WELCOME TO THE
S.S. CANADIANA TRIBUTE SITE
A Tribute to
the S.S. Canadiana 1910 - 2004, photo by
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.
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.
Bollard and Propeller, remain a silent
testimony to Crystal Beach's Marine
Initiative of "The Canadian Group"
Paul Kassay, Harvey Holzworth.
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
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
Boat Ste. Claire and the
Columbia Project , the last two
remaining examples of Mr. Kirby's work.
Enjoy your visit.
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