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Location DB > United States > New York > Buffalo > The Lansdowne
The Lansdowne
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created by msb on 11/11/2004 9:24 PM
last modified by nightbird on 7/15/2008 11:40 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The Lansdowne measures 70 feet by 300 feet from bow to stern, and is the last remaining side wheeler railcar ship on the great lakes.
 Basic Information
Type: Leased Barge
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: gone
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Buffalo, New York
United States
Owner: Port Authority Erie
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    Two rotting train cars, a huge steam engine connected to part of a paddewheel. Two floors above ground level, two floors below. A lot of interesting possibilities for photographs.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1886
    Closed: 2001
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    A 118 year old barge that is currently on lease for $2000 a month with Specialty Restaurants, who wants to turn it into a $5 million floating restaurant. Workers have stripped it to its iron shell, the form it is in today. Apparently, Specialty Restaurants has violated the terms of the lease by "not moving foward in a timely manner" and the Erie Port Authority is ready to cancel the lease. If it is canceled, the Lansdowne will be moved to another location.

    nostra youppi!
    7/17 - Erie, PA - Many Erieites considered the Lansdowne barge a blemish on the bayfront, but on Sunday residents were breathing a sigh of relief as the barge was finally tugged away to its new home in Buffalo, New York.

    "I think it's a wonderful day," said long-time Erie resident, Donna Geiger. "It's been an eyesore. It has been probably the topic of conversation for a lot of people coming to Erie, who don't know what it is out there."

    There were high hopes for the barge when it first docked in Erie in 1999. "I kind of wish they would have made it into the floating restaurant, to have a nice restaurant here, to go and have a nice supper, other than the ones that have been here for years and years," said Nancy Hart.

    But those dreams of transforming the barge were put on hold, along with more recent attempts at its departure from Erie waters. The Lansdowne was first set to leave months ago. Then another attempt was made Saturday afternoon, but high winds made the bayfront waters too choppy.

    After one unsuccessful attempt, and hours later, spectators watched as the Lansdowne finally headed out to open water.
    "It has been doing absolutely nothing except sitting out there, so we're all glad to see it go," said Geiger.

    And off it went through the harbor, leaving behind the city and crowds of relieved onlookers in it's wake.

    From WSEE TV-35 in Erie

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     Future Plans
    Demolition Permit issued in 2002.

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    Upper Floors
    Thu, Nov 11th, 2004
    posted by msb
    22 pictures
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    Lower Deck
    Mon, Nov 29th, 2004
    posted by msb
    14 pictures
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    Wed, Dec 28th, 2005
    posted by nostra-YOUPPI!
    1 pictures
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    scrapping pics at boatnerd
    Sun, Apr 20th, 2008
    posted by nostra-YOUPPI!
    2 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 7/22/2008 2:23 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jul 22 08 at 2:23, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 15 08 at 11:40, nightbird changed the following: Street Address, Status, Accessibility, Recommendation
  • on Jul 15 08 at 0:40, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 15 08 at 0:40, Emperor Wang changed the following: City, Province / State (please use full name)
  • on Apr 20 08 at 14:51, nostra-YOUPPI! updated gallery scrapping pics at boatnerd
  • on Apr 20 08 at 14:50, nostra-YOUPPI! added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Apr 20 08 at 14:50, nostra-YOUPPI! created a new gallery
  • on Jun 5 07 at 3:37, nostra-YOUPPI! validated this location
  • on Jul 21 06 at 21:56, Agent Skelly validated this location
  • on Jul 17 06 at 18:41, nostra-YOUPPI! changed the following: City, Latitude, Longitude
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