This is unfortunate. 

The Boblo Boat that used to ferry passengers to Boblo Island has been set on fire, and fire crews are attempting to put it out. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, according to WDIV Local 4.

Though not clearly noted, they do mention that S.S. Ste Claire was moved to Riverside Marina last year, but it’s not specified if this is the Ste Claire, but it does say the fire is happening there now, so we can draw our conclusions.

WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit

LIVE: Old Boblo Island boat catches fire at Detroit marina


The boat fosters many memories for amusement park goers from Detroit and Windsor, and one of the boats took cinema center stage being featured in one of the ‘Transformers’ flicks. It was also the title of Royce Da 5′ 9’s most recent single with J.Cole.

From the looks of the live video, chances are that the boat will not be salvaged. The boat was part of a restoration project, which leads the question of if the boat was just “too much to fix” and was set on fire, or if this was truly an accident.

RIP Boblo Boat