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  posted on 1/31/2009 at 02:52 PM
Supreme bummer.

I guess all the attempts to save her have failed.

She is now going to be permanently docked at Chattanooga...to be used as a Hotel.

A sad day.


http://www.hotelsmag.com/articleXml/LN918635842.html

[Edited on 1/31/2009 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 1/31/2009 at 04:48 PM
Very sorry to hear that.

The Queen's west coast sister ship, the Delta King, was retired many decades ago, being left in the port on the Calaveras river in downtown Stockton, California, where I grew up, everyday seeing it slowly rotting away. In fact, my Junior Hi School football team was named after her... the Delta Kings.

I remember well, a drunken teenage late night in 1968 when several of my buddies and I stood on the shore along side her and dreamed of restoring her ourselves so we could again sail her around the San Jouquin delta, up and down the Sacramento river between Stockton, Sacramento, and San Francisco, with bands like CCR, Iron Butterfly, Santana, etc., as nightly entertinment.

Youthful dreams and exuberance... which obviously never happened as we presented the idea to our parents, who actually did some research for us, finding out that, at the time, it was owned by Melvin Beli, the famous lawyer, who would not sell it.

Eventually, in the 70's & 80's, it was moved to several places between Canada and San Francisco, and finally to Sacramento, to be restored as a hotel/restaurant/theater, where she thrives today.

I sincerely hope the "Delta Queen's" final fate turns out as well.

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http://www.deltaking.com/ :

"The Delta King is an authentic 285-foot riverboat.
The King and her identical twin, the Delta Queen, were christened on May 20, 1927, and began their daily river voyages between San Francisco and Sacramento in June of that year. At 6:00 p.m. each evening, the grand ladies of the Delta left their docks for the 10 hour trip that included prohibition era drinking, jazz bands, gambling and fine dining. A stateroom was $3.50, but for a dollar and "’your own blanket" the night could be spent on the Cargo Deck.
The King and Queen reigned on the Sacramento River until the late 1930's when an increase in the number of roads, bridges and automobiles made riverboating a less efficient means of transportation.

Depression and World War II signaled the end of the sternwheel era and both the King and Queen were drafted into the U. S. Navy to serve on San Francisco Bay as net tenders, floating barracks, troop transports and hospital ships.
At the conclusion of the War, the Delta Queen was purchased and taken via the Panama Canal to the Mississippi River where she still serves. The engines of the Delta King were taken for spare parts. The King was shuttled between Canada and California as a derelict with hopes of becoming a floating Ghiradelli Square or Chinese Restaurant dashed at each turn by sinkings and litigations.

In 1984, after being sunk for 18 months in San Francisco Bay, the Delta King was towed to Old Sacramento, where it underwent a complete renovation. Five pain-staking years later the Delta King reopened to reign, once again, as the heralded monarch of the Sacramento River.
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  posted on 1/31/2009 at 06:26 PM
Very sad seeing these old steamboats put out to pasture.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2009 at 11:46 PM
Yes, it is.

There still is at least one authentic old steamboat still in service as a passenger carrying steamboat.

The Belle of Louisville. (the town where I was born and raised. )

http://www.steamboats.org/steamboat-pictures/belle-of-louisville.html

Still docked there and going on regularly scheduled excursions on the Ohio River. Just as the Delta Queen, it is on the National Register of Historic places. The reason it can still be in service is that it does not go on overnight excursions.

I think the authorities should be ashamed of themselves for this craziness of banning the Delta Queen simply because she goes overnight.

And for the life of me I cant understand why some city somewhere doesnt buy the Delta Queen and simply use her for non-overnight excursions like the Belle of Louisville does. Then she could continue on, rather than be turned into a hotel.

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[Edited on 2/1/2009 by D28guy]

[Edited on 2/1/2009 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 03:42 AM
I saw her a few times as a youngster in the 50's and 60's. Floating down the Ohio a time or two near Evansville, IN. My family vacationed at Kentucky Lake and once we were able to get pretty close in our boat. I was mightily impressed, her mention here brings back many wonderful memories.
Sorry that her voyage is ending, but maybe she'll be around for a few more generations to see.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 09:58 AM
Last time I saw the Delta Queen my buddy and I were out on the Ohio river fishing and we captured her on video rolling down the river. Truly a majestic sight.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2009 at 10:03 AM
Dang...

 

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