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Old 12-13-2018, 01:45:37 PM
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Historic Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again; boat undergoing $10M repairs

12/13 - After a decade at dock, 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and several other rivers.

The Delta Queen was sidelined in 2008 by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels. Both U.S. senators from Missouri — Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt — co-sponsored a bill to allow the exemption, which requires modifications to the wooden portions of the vessel, most of which are cabins and public areas. The hull is already steel.

"Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in American steamboat history," Leah Ann Ingram, vice president of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co., said in a statement. "This was the first big step in returning the Delta Queen to the waterways, where she belongs."

The Delta Queen began operation in 1927. Passengers have included presidents Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter. It served as a naval ship during World War II and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. is based in Kimmswick, Missouri, near St. Louis, but the boat itself is undergoing repairs in Houma, Louisiana. The upgrade will include replacing boilers original to the boat, along with generators, plumbing, the steam line and heating and air conditioning. The total cost is estimated at $10 million to $12 million.

The company expects to begin three-, five- and seven-day cruises on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha, Arkansas and Illinois rivers in 2020. The Delta Queen is expected to visit more than 80 ports each year, including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Louisville, Kentucky, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Blunt said more than 170 jobs are expected to be created in Kimmswick, and cited the benefit of many of the cruises beginning and ending there.

"This important part of our nation's history will create jobs and strengthen our state's growing tourism industry," Blunt said in a statement.

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I found this short video of the Delta Queen’s engine room from 2006 over on Facebook.
https://www.shipvideos.net/ships/vid...BkqBAkioXR5Lb4
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I cant wait for a trip, Im only 2 hrs from Cincinnati. I'll be watching for the first tours!
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That is great news. I am taking a trip on the American Queen this summer. Right now it is the only steam powered paddle wheel driven cruise boat on the Mississippi. It will be good to have another.

Btw. The American Queen is steam, but it isn’t old.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:14:29 PM
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A interesting article on the Delta Queen safety. (Spoiler, probably the safest place you could chose to spend the night.) Another example of to much government. https://deltaqueen.wordpress.com/str...taqueensafety/
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The Delta Queen used to dock at my hometown of Marietta Ohio on her way up and then back down the Ohio River and I always remembered how big it looked to me as a child. Was so sad to hear when they docked it for good, but this is great news to have her going to travel again. Thanks President Trump!
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Also thanks Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill who worked together to get a bill to the President's desk for him to sign.
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I cant wait for a trip, Im only 2 hrs from Cincinnati. I'll be watching for the first tours!
I had to do a double take because yesterday I made this post then went and signed up for alerts from the delta Queen website. Today when I looked it has somebody elses name on it.Its not important but I have to wonder how that happens.I still want the ride on that boat!
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I had to do a double take because yesterday I made this post then went and signed up for alerts from the delta Queen website. Today when I looked it has somebody elses name on it.Its not important but I have to wonder how that happens.I still want the ride on that boat!
I also wondered how that post (yours) got my name on it. I too want to take a ride on her. Maybe up to Pittsburgh Pa. from Marietta Oh. and back.
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Update sail date 2020

https://savingplaces.org/stories/sav...g#.XScVM8opChD
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A interesting article on the Delta Queen safety. (Spoiler, probably the safest place you could chose to spend the night.) Another example of to much government. https://deltaqueen.wordpress.com/str...taqueensafety/

Really?
https://www.google.com/search?q=Morr...PrBNXkT7iYP-M:
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Yes. A paddle wheel boat on flat water and never out of site of land is a very different circumstance. I would spend a month on that boat any time.
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I am not interested in looking at the gingerbread, as most tourists are.
I enjoy old mechanicals. Unfortunately, a lot of the classic machinery is gone. The generators and coal fired boilers were priceless. I believe replaced with diesel gensets, which support cabin air conditioning, and oil fired boilers. I think the only original machinery will be the engine and some of the steering gear.
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