Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Legislation introduced to get historic Delta Queen back in business
"The bill would require the Delta Queen to annually modify 10 percent of the wooden portions of the vessel—mostly cabins and public areas," Shafer writes. "The problem has been that some maritime officials fear that the wood and other structural materials on the vessel could constitute a fire-safety hazard." The Delta Queen, which is 285-feet-long and has 88 cabins, remains in dry dock in Houma, La.
The steamboat, which began service as an overnight passenger vessel in 1927, was recently named to National Trust's 2016 11 Most Endangered List, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and classified as a National Historic Landmark, Shafer writes. The steamboat was purchased in February 2015 by the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. that was founded in 1890 and originally was known as The Greene Line. "The company intends to move the riverboat to the Missouri site if cruising rights are restored." (Read more)