I'm very surprised, but the new Delta Queen Steamboat company really expects to get her operational permission from Congress and is towing the Delta Queen to New Orleans to be put in dry dock for boiler changes and major repairs to be ready to run in 2016. Here's a story on it all;
And now we need your help witting your congress person to support HR 1248, a bill that will grant the Delta Queen permission to run again as an overnight passenger vessel. If you could convince them to be a co-sponsor, that would be fantastic!
Hmm, that's "writing" not "witting", sorry! But while I'm back again, emails and phone calls would work too. This should be a non-partisan bill, but so far it seems to mostly have Republicans behind it--help us get some Democrats sponsoring it!
Let's Save the Delta Queen for the future generations!
The Delta Queen really needs to come back to California where it belongs on the Sacramento River!
The sister ship to the Delta Queen is tied up at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
there's no place in California for the Delta Queen to survive operating & she's been on the Inland waterways decades longer then she was out here, yes she's a California Native, but she belongs to the Nation now and has a much longer and grander history where she is.
Rick, sorry, the Delta King is docked in Sacramento, not SF. BTW, the Delta Queen is running on one of the King's engine cylinder and the King's Wheel shaft. Long story, but the King gave up his machinery to keep the Queen running.
I saw an article in today's Jefferson County Leader that Kimmswick, Missouri has been chosen to be the new home port for the Delta Queen. Congratulations Kimmswick!
These boats always remind me of one of my favorite movies.
Will Rodger's last movie, filmed in California and also the swan song for most of the boats you see in that photo. California boats use a single stack, so the movie folks added the fake twin stacks. I'm fairly certain the big boat in the middle is the Fort Sutter, which was kinda like a prototype for the Delta Queen & King. It survived into the 1960s as a stationary display.
Also note the high bows and water clearance, this was also not typical of Mississippi boats. But, hey, it's Hollywood--who cares??
Love the scenes where they're putting the "medicine" into the boiler for "super fuel."
Also there's some calliope playing too, more reasons to like this film!
Kimmswick is an easy run down Highway 67 from the St. Louis area. (Some would say it is in the St. Louis area.) The Model T and Model A clubs often head there on day trips for lunch and browsing antique stores. The Delta Queen will make a nice addition.