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The SS Seeandbee and Uniting Great Lakes Cities Again

A BRO reader has dug up some fascinating footage of the side-wheel coal-burning excursion steamer named the “See and Bee, or the SS Seeandbee”. See for the Letter “C” and Bee for the letter “B”. The two letters represented two main port cities – Cleveland and Buffalo.

“This is possibly the only video of the Sea and Bee aka Cleveland and Buffalo Passenger Ship,” says our BRO reader. “It raises the question whether a Great Lakes Cruise Ship will once again dock in Buffalo Harbor. After all, the DL&W was where it docked and the Buffalo Creek Casino is right across the street. It would only make sense for the Senecas to promote both a Cruise Ship and a Light Rail extension to Niagara Falls where disembarking patrons could spend a night at either casino, visit the falls or downtown Buffalo. Traditionally Buffalo was integrated with Cleveland and Detroit – if all 3 cities are on the upswing, shouldn’t the three cities start talking with each other on things each city could do to complement the other?”

The excursion steamer was deemed successful and financially viable until the depression and competition from trucks and trains. Ultimately the ship was converted (in Buffalo) to a military training aircraft carrier (on the Great Lakes), which meant that the 470 staterooms and 24 parlors were dismantled. At that time she became known as the USS Wolverine, IX-64. 

To learn more about the ship, and her unique history as it pertains the Great Lakes, visit

Photo: The S.S. Seeandbee docked in Buffalo, ca. 1930. Cleveland Press Collection, CSU Archives


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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