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Detroit tourism, 1930s

Detroit tourism, 1930s

Two passenger boats sit on the Detroit River near downtown Detroit, MI. They likely traveled across Lake Erie between Detroit and Buffalo, NY. The Guardian building is seen flying the American flag on its roof. View full size.

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New to Shorpy's site, but saw you were talking about these ships. My grandfather, George J. Kolowich was the last Chairman of D&C Navigation, and my father worked for the company in the late 40's. I possess the bronze dedication plaque for the GREATER BUFFALO, which also is inscribed to reflect its requisitioning by the US Navy in 1942 as the U.S.S. SABLE, which operated off Chicago alongside the U.S.S. Wolverine (formerly the Sea&Bee) as aircraft pilot training carriers during WW2. Collecting all I can find about the GREATER BUFFALO and her sister ship, the GREATER DETROIT.

Re: Greater Buffalo

Thanks Jimmy. I did some more searching and found some pictures of the Greater Buffalo from its heyday and as a training carrier.

"In 1924, the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Company launched the 2 largest Great Lakes side-wheeled excursion steamers ever, the Greater Buffalo and the Greater Detroit. Designed by renowned marine architect Frank E. Kirby, they were built to provide "night boat" overnight service, transporting up to 1,500 passengers between Buffalo and Detroit."

Greater Buffalo

The boat on the right appears to the S.S. Greater Buffalo, a sidewheel excursion boat that was converted to a small aircraft carrier during W.W.II and based in Chicago for pilot training. It was renamed the U.S.S. Sable.

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