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Columbia will be a new cultural venue – a floating platform for arts, education, and entertainment connecting New York City to the Hudson Valley.

Thanks to your support, we’ve made tremendous progress in the past two years. Columbia has undergone a $1.6 million hull restoration and is now docked in at Silo City in the Buffalo River. Stabilization work continues and the 115-year-old boat has been rechristened as a cultural venue – a place for arts and education. Next stop: Hudson River!

 Once on the mighty Hudson, Columbia’s work berth will be in Kingston, New York. After restoration, she will be docked in New York City and will make day excursion trips upriver, stopping at cities and towns and providing New Yorkers and tourists access to the great parks, historic sites, and cultural institutions of the Hudson Valley.

The SS Columbia Project is a 501c3 organization dedicated to restoring, interpreting and operating the National Historic Landmark vessel.


The SS Columbia Project is excited to present the Hudson River Story Barge – a traveling arts and culture celebration of boats, cargo, people, and ideas, and how they all came together to influence the region’s river, canals, and ports. Programs will be hosted aboard the historic covered barge Pennsylvania Railroad No. 399 (a surrogate vessel, since Columbia is currently in Buffalo undergoing restoration). Events include an onboard exhibit, a 360 virtual reality tour of Columbia, performances, interactive workshops, a STEAM board game for kids (designed by NYU’s Design For America team), and more. All events are free and open to the public.

The Hudson River Story barge will be docked on the Rondout Creek at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Roundout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401).

Click here for the full schedule and to RSVP.

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