Former Cedar Point paddle-wheel boat tours Sandusky Bay

Posted Monday, June 28, 2004 10:30 AM | Contributed by supermandl

In the late 1980s, Ed Ellis piloted paddle-wheel boats around a lagoon in Cedar Point, giving a running commentary to passengers on one of the park's most gentle rides. He has since restored one of the old cruisers and is bringing it back to the amusement park's doorstep. Starting last Saturday, Ellis is offering thrice-daily excursions on the Ogontz along Pipe Creek and Sandusky Bay next to Cedar Point.

Read more from The Toledo Blade.

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Monday, June 28, 2004 11:02 AM
It's funny to me how the artical mentions that cars actually stop on the causeway to watch the boat go by. That's actually what I did yesterday when I saw the mighty Ogontz floating toward me. My jaw dropped and I thought I was hallucinating. Having actually driven the boat every day for several summers myself, I couldn't help but get a little choked up at the sight of him. I hope to get a closer look in a few weeks. Maybe I'll even tell a few corny jokes while onboard, just for old times sake.
Monday, June 28, 2004 11:26 AM
Dident one of the paddle boats sink in lake erie a few years ago? Also , koodles to anyone who can name all of the old paddlewheel boats.
Monday, June 28, 2004 12:41 PM
Does anyone read the linked articles before asking questions?
Tuesday, June 29, 2004 8:14 PM
Yeah I heard one of the boats sank too.... If I remember the Ogontz ran REALLY slow in the mid 80's.... can't remeber all the boat names .... I think there was the Winnebago...Lake Erie ... "Black something or another".... but even better ...according to the legacy of the Captains do you know .."Why do they call the ride the Monster the Monster?' ... or what the sweeperttes do with their brooms at the end of the day?

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