Baseball fans took steamer across lake

Sandusky Register Staff
May 8, 2013


This week on the Sandusky History blog, a reminder that people have been taking boat rides across the lake to go to baseball games for a century.

One of those boats was a steamer that traveled to Detroit to see the Tigers play Philadelphia.

"Notes in our historical files indicate that the Frank E. Kirby traveled between Detroit and Sandusky, with stops at Kelleys Island, Put-in-Bay, and Middle Bass Island, until the end of 1919."

For more details and pictures, click HERE.



A Cleveland steamer?






I can't imagine that trip in a steamer from Sandtown. A stop at all 3 islands and then to Detroit? Did they have to leave a day early? :)


I wonder how many hours or days it took the Philadelphia Athletics to make the round trip to Detroit and back to Philadelphia?

I found this internet information about the Frank E. Kirby being one fast boat back in the day.

"Ashley & Dustin, of Detroit, managers of the side-wheel steamer FRANK E. KIRBY, running between Sandusky, and Detroit, and credited with being the fastest boat on the lakes, write the Marine Review confirming what has been said about their having deposited $300 with the owners of the Sandusky Register for a race between the KIRBY and the steamer CITY OF TOLEDO, recently built by the Craig Ship Building Company of Toledo and fitted with horizontal triple expansion engines by the Cleveland Ship Building Company."

Many years ago, I donated my time and some money to the ferry G. A. Boeckling. The old ferry was towed from Wisconsin I believe and was docked at the Sandusky (Ohio) waterfront. There were many who donated their time and money to help restore the old steamer ferry. I believe that the Sandusky High School students built both pilot houses on top of the ferry. The ferry later was towed to Toledo, Ohio where it later burned and was cut up for scrap.

What was the reason why this old ferry was towed to Toledo, Ohio? I heard that many in Sandusky considered the ferry to be an "eyesore" and the non-profit group was forced to have it towed to Toledo. I was told that the ferry was ignored while stored in Toledo.

I often wonder how a completely restored G. A. Boeckling would have benefitted Sandusky, Ohio as a tourist attractiion with excursions on Lake Erie.

For you Cedar Point fans, old photos of Cedar Point can be found in the link below.