Image courtesy of the Buffalo History Museum.
Image courtesy of the Buffalo History Museum.

Looking Backward: City of Detroit III, 1914

by / May. 16, 2018 9am EST
The Great Lakes passenger steamer has gone the way of the horse and buggy, but photographs remain. Here, in 1914, the lake liner City of Detroit III is hauled by the tug W. I. Babcock on the Buffalo River. The Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company, abbreviated D&C, made regular express runs between Buffalo and Detroit, docking the liner at the foot of Main Street. When it was completed in 1911, the City of Detroit III was the largest, most expensive, and most luxurious freshwater passenger liner on the Great Lakes, considered the crowning achievement of naval architect Frank E. Kirby. The liner was sold and scrapped in Detroit harbor in 1956.