Delta Queen Could Cruise Again

The Delta Queen (© Jeremy Atherton, 2003).

The U.S. Senate approved Monday a bill sponsored by U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill that would let the historic Delta Queen riverboat operate once again on the Mississippi River.

Full St.LuisPublicRadio story HERE

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(Courtesy Delta Queen Steamboat Company)

The Delta Queen was launched in 1925 and first began cruising operations in 1927, to sail the Mississippi and its tributaries caring 176 passengers.

While designated as a National Historic Landmark, Delta Queen currently cannot sail with more than 50 passengers, based on requirements of the Safety of Life at Sea Act (SOLAS), passed in 1966.  That law prohibits overnight sailings on wooden vessels.

While the historic ship has a steel hull, the ship’s 88 staterooms and public spaces are mostly of wooden construction.

However she sailed for decades under a SOLAS exemption, but that expired in 2008.  The Delta Queen is currently docked in Chattanooga, TN, where it served as a hotel.

(Delta Queen Steamboat Company)

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2 Responses to “Delta Queen Could Cruise Again”

  1. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Thanks for the feedback – i’ve never had the pleasure.

  2. Fredrick V.James Says:

    I’ve stayed a few times on the old “Delta King” docked in Sacramento. She used to do the SF to Sac run for years and then after being abandoned and half sunk, was renovated and is now a hotel with an excellent restaurant, charming small cabins and the cool breezes of the Sacramento River.

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