H.R. 1248, To amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials (95 comments ↓)

H.R. 1248 would amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials.

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Save the Delta Queen!

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Jo Ann Schoen

February 13, 2016, 5:25pm (report abuse)

With no cost to tax payers, a spotless safety record, a job creator for many, and a vital piece of American history, it would appear that this would be a no brainer. PLEASE do everything possible to get this piece of legislation out of committee and on the floor for a vote as soon as possible. Thank you very much.

Dean Millius

February 14, 2016, 2:46pm (report abuse)

Please lend your support to return the historic Delta Queen back on the American Waterways. The new owners of the Delta Queen will be investing in new boilers and additional improvements to enhance this piece of American history. The Delta Queen has a perfect safety record and is needing NO MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT. Just an exemption from Congress. Please comment and vote YES!. Thanks! Dean

Don Stedman

February 14, 2016, 3:18pm (report abuse)

I strongly urge ALL members of Congress to vote in favor of this bill!

Dean Millius

February 14, 2016, 3:51pm (report abuse)

Here is an article from April 2015 for those who want to know more.



February 14, 2016, 4:25pm (report abuse)

The current mantra among politicians of every stripe holds that the entrepreneurship of small businesses is the backbone of job creation. If this is true, and I believe it is, it would appear to me that those same politicians can unite around this legislation. The current owners of the Steamer Delta Queen, like her many past owners recent and beyond, have taken a shot at operating the only overnight, true steamboat on the American river system.

This costs the government absolutely nothing and gives back to the government in additional wage earners paying taxes not only on the vessel itself and the vendors who service her but also the economies of every port of call on her itinerary. It is a classic, and truly rare, win-win.

Pay attention to your various constituents. Pay attention to history. Pass this and Save the Delta Queen.

Sally Harris

February 14, 2016, 5:10pm (report abuse)

Please pass this . Save the Delta Queen. I want to be able to travel on her. She is a part of our history.

Robert Soule

February 14, 2016, 5:37pm (report abuse)

I support this bill to help bring a significant historical vessel back operating on our rivers, the Steamer Delta Queen.

David Anderson

February 14, 2016, 6:06pm (report abuse)

The Delta Queen and other boats that would be able to sail have great safety records unlike the ocean liner companies who have multiple fires and loss of life over the years. Being steal vessel means nothing if safety isn't the priority.

Norma Martin-Voyles

February 14, 2016, 6:33pm (report abuse)

The Delta Queen is an icon to the inland waterways and a beautiful part of our American history. Vote YES on this bill to return her overnight passenger trips to our inland waterways and preserve the beautiful history of a bygone era.

Dean Phillips

February 14, 2016, 9:59pm (report abuse)

The Delta Queen is an important part of American History. She is the last remaining true steamboat. She represents how vital river transportation was to our country during that time. I strongly urge you all to vote Yes on this bill so we can share and preserve this part of our history.

Frank X. Prudent

February 14, 2016, 10:01pm (report abuse)

In America since 1968 to "Save the Queen!" has meant for Congress to exempt the National Historic Landmark, Steamer DELTA QUEEN from certain Safety of Life at Sea regulations which prohibit the DELTA QUEEN from operating overnight cruises on America's Mississippi River System. Once again Congress needs to "Save the Queen!" I've called my representative to voice my concern that this nation might lose one of the most historic vessels remaining in this world and what a shame that would truly be.

Let's all let Congress know, "Save the Queen!"

Maureen Herspring

February 14, 2016, 11:12pm (report abuse)

vote yes!

Gregory M. Weber

February 15, 2016, 7:01am (report abuse)

Congress has before it the rare opportunity to enrich the lives of countless people without having to spend a nickle. I strongly urge you to support H.R. 1248 exempting the Delta Queen from a law that was never intended to apply to her in the first place. It was a mistake to let her previous exemption that she had enjoyed for 58 years, lapse. Now we can can correct that! Thank You.

Nori Muster

February 15, 2016, 10:43am (report abuse)

The Delta Queen has fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and on-board firemen. They hold fire drills, and are always within a few yards of shore.

The Delta Queen is one of the safest boats on the American waterways and has never caused an incident like we see with foreign flag cruise ships that operate on American waterways.

The Coast Guard and insurance companies will fully vet the boat before it goes back into the cruise business.

When my father worked to save the Delta Queen in the 1960s and 1970s, as president of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, he promoted the boat as an American icon. Since those days, the Delta Queen has enjoyed recognition as a National Historic Landmark, National Historic Place, and National Historic Monument.

This is a chance to save this iconic boat, and it's the American thing to do to pass H.R. 1248 (and the companion bill in the Senate).

Ted Guillaum

February 15, 2016, 12:24pm (report abuse)

Pleas support this bill that will allow the Delta Queen Steamboat to return to service providing jobs and tourism dollars to the river communities that it will visit once again.

Patti Loftin

February 15, 2016, 3:36pm (report abuse)

Please save this iconic vessel! She has o e of, if not the best safety records of any vessel afloat.

Virginia Rhynders

February 15, 2016, 3:50pm (report abuse)

The safety record of this Historic Landmark if indisputable and the bill to exempt here from SOLAS must be approved. Even with the exemption she will undergo strict Coast Guard inspections and will continue to pass them as she has previously The economic boost to small towns along the rivers, the increased employment and the countless hours of enjoyment for her passengers are in your hands and I implore all Congressmen to pass this bill. Be a part of saving the DELTA QUEEN.

Judith Khoii

February 15, 2016, 3:52pm (report abuse)

I have traveled many times on the beautiful Delta Queen. I was aboard her for a 7 week stretch during the Heart of America Discovery Tour. In all the weeks aboard this historical landmark I never for a moment felt unsafe. Even down in the dining room I was completely sure of my safety! Please support this bill which will allow this wonderful authentic steamboat, the Delta Queen, to return to service providing jobs and tourism dollars to the river communities that it will visit once again.

Diane Thornhill

February 15, 2016, 4:54pm (report abuse)

Please help save the Delta Queen. She has a great safety record, always close to shore. She is apart of history and has served our country. She will also bring jobs and tourists. It's and dream of many who would love to see her back on the waterways of America, with your help it can be a reality. She is the legendary Delta Queen.

Michael H Jones

February 15, 2016, 5:27pm (report abuse)

Please pass H.R. 1248 Make this a win win for the House, American history, and all the people in all the towns where the DQ could again come calling. No cost to tax payers, a spotless safety record, historic American boat. My wife and I have 20 trips on the Delta Queen and forward to taking many more with your help in passing H.R. 1248

Shirley Coit

February 15, 2016, 6:33pm (report abuse)

I have traveled many times on the Deta Queen and always felt safe and well cared for. Please help save the Delta Queen!

Jackie Smith

February 15, 2016, 8:18pm (report abuse)

I have never cruised the Delta Queen, but have gone up and down river in a car chasing her in different ports on the upper Mississippi River to get the most wonderful picures of her and hear her beautiful whistle which I mis so much! It has the most history ever of any steamboat in history of the America's rivers and brings so many people to cruise her and flock down to the river to see her!

Check out my Facebook page, "Long Live the Delta Queen" and see my beautiful pictures of her!

Also check on her safety record and see that these people care for her and her passengers! This boat needs to survive for future generations to see what this famous steamboat's history and learn from!

JEB, Cincinnati

February 15, 2016, 8:31pm (report abuse)

Please pass this bill. It was originally written for ocean vessels. This vessel only cruises the inland water ways & passengers are safer on here than some ocean vessels. This is a national treasure which needs to be cruising, not tied up to some dock somewhere. Allow it to be used as it was intended, an overnight cruise vessel showing people the treasures along our inland waterways. Thank you for your consideration.

Martin Kandl

February 15, 2016, 11:26pm (report abuse)

It's just an old piece of junk. High time it was scrapped.

Travis C. Vasconcelos

February 16, 2016, 1:12am (report abuse)

This bill is tantamount to the saving of a national historic landmark the Str. DELTA QUEEN. With out the passage of this bill, our children and grand children won't know what history happened for them to be here. She is safer than our homes and the last authentic link to the custom of overnight steamboat travel on our inland rivers. Sure there are daylight boats..But, to travel as our forefathers did, she is the only authentic one left. This is not about asking for an exemption from a law because the boat shouldn't have been included in it. She has a safety record that is exemplary in every way. Because she travels the inland rivers, she will never encounter the situations the Safety Of Life At Sea law was designed to protect the public from. So the exemption is both valid and overdue. Save the DELTA QUEEN!

Joyce Rutledge

February 16, 2016, 8:27am (report abuse)

Please pass this bill. We have cruised on the Delta Queen and it was the best vacation we have ever taken.

Please pass H.R. 1248 Make this a win win for the House, American history, and all the people in all the towns where the DQ could again come calling. No cost to tax payers, a spotless safety record, historic American boat. My wife and I have 20 trips on the Delta Queen and forward to taking many more with your help in passing H.R. 1248

Don Stedman

February 16, 2016, 9:32am (report abuse)

I urge all members of the House to vote in favor of H.R. 1248

Charles W. Jordan

February 16, 2016, 12:32pm (report abuse)

Let's save the DELTA QUEEN again! The company that owns her has promised to do the right thing and continue the safety upgrades that Capt. Tom Greene started when the Greene Line purchased the boat after W.W.II.

Also it would be nice for those who have clicked that they are against HR 1248 to come out into the light and state why they oppose such a common sense, job producing issue.

Paul Hemmer

February 16, 2016, 8:50pm (report abuse)

The Delta Queen is an important part of the tourist economy of all states bordering the Mississippi. They are never more than. 1/2 mile from land. Old vessel rules should not apply. Passengers are safe traveling he Mississippi.

Jan Zweerts

February 17, 2016, 1:24am (report abuse)

My wife and I have cruised on the Delta Queen and would like to be able to do so again. Passenger traffic on the inland rivers is a good way for citizens see the US Army Corps of Engineers and US Coast Guard in action maintaining a vital shipping arterial. The Delta Queen is a great embassador to this countries history and should continue. Please pass S. 1717 for now and future generations.

Jennifer Lemmon

February 17, 2016, 7:35am (report abuse)

Please vote for this bill to return the steamer Delta Queen to overnight cruising. Allowing this vessel to return to the river, would provide an economic impact on so many fronts. This vessel has provided jobs to people from all walks of life, all races, and all ages. From the young man or woman not sure where their walk in life will lead to a more seasoned woman such as myself, this vessel provides a unique opportunity to earn a living and be educated by travelling the inland river systems. It is history and geography all rolled into one. The economic impact of tourism dollars, is unique to this vessel because people flock to see her whether or not they are passengers. She is living history; she is our history; she is an American icon. Pleas vote yes.

Martin Kandl

February 17, 2016, 10:37am (report abuse)

Still a piece of junk, dangerous junk at that. Time for the scrapheap for the old toad.

Sam Jones

February 18, 2016, 12:58am (report abuse)

It's time to hive up these dinosaurs. Come into the light of the 21st century.

I suppose you would prefer to use the telegraph, or possibly even the Pony Express, as our primary method of communication.

There is a very good reason this ship was put away. Let's leave it there.

Jim Lee

February 18, 2016, 6:22am (report abuse)

i am for this bill. the Delta Queen needs to be saved

Martin Kandl

February 18, 2016, 7:06pm (report abuse)

Still a piece of junk, dangerous junk at that. Time for the scrapheap for the old toad.

Norman Preston

February 19, 2016, 1:17pm (report abuse)

Vote for the bill to save the Delta Queen.

Richard M Sacksteder

February 19, 2016, 5:24pm (report abuse)

This gem of a historic steamboat should be granted the right to float on our rivers again under its ow staem power. Richard Sacksteder

David Dewey

February 19, 2016, 8:35pm (report abuse)

I don't know who Martin Kandl is, but I believe he has never seen the DQ or knows much about her. I know I am safer on board than I am in my own home. 24 hours a day there is a watchperson walking every deck of the boat looking for any problems, and a crew trained to evacuate the boat and fight any fires (along with a state-of-the-art fire suppression system); but at home, I only have a smoke alarm. The boat is never more than 5 minutes from shore, with a large gangplank that swings out to meet the shore, so passengers can walk right off. In over 80 years there has never been a need for such an evacuation.

Every room has direct access to an open deck, unlike a large ocean-liner. There's no maze of hallways to find your way out; just open the door, or the picture window and you are outside.

This cause is not about safety, it's about allowing a piece of American History to continue to operate, providing jobs and opportunities for all--what could be more American?

Martin Kandl

February 19, 2016, 11:39pm (report abuse)

I certainly don't know who David Dewey is either. But I can tell you he is a shill for the company that owns that piece of junk. In fact, I suspect a careful search of the company owner records may show him to be a member of that group.

Since this is still a country where expression of opinions is still allowed I will say again - it is time to scrap this old pile of junk and move on.

Dean Millius

February 22, 2016, 12:28pm (report abuse)

Martin Kandl I wish you would go for a tour on the vessel. Every comment you made is 100% inaccurate. I can also tell you that David Dewey is not involved with the new owners of the Delta Queen. (I don't know who he is.) I volunteered last summer to clean up the Delta Queen with my family. It is a piece of Americana that needs our support to generate revenues for small river towns and introduce her to a new generation of Steamboat fans. Be part of the solution, and not part of the problem. Thank you. Dean


(logged-in user) February 22, 2016, 1:38pm (report abuse)

So Jo Ann Schoen and David Dewey appear to be the same person, posting from the same IP address.

Dean Millius says "David Dewey is not involved with the new owners of the Delta Queen. (I don't know who he is.)" Now if that's not a contradiction all in one sentence then what is it? Perhaps there should also be some concern about Mr Millius' motivation as well.

Here's the solution - scrap this old wreck that is well beyond it's time to go.

Frank X. Prudent

February 22, 2016, 5:19pm (report abuse)

I can assure anyone that asks that JoAnn Schoen and David Dewey are not the same person nor do either have any fiscal ties to the current owners of the National Historic Landmark DELTA QUEEN. And nor do I!

I also find it interesting that the people whom have posted that are in favor of Congress denying the proposed legislation have resorted to name calling, mud-slinging, and belittling those whom treasure the grand lady of the American rivers while not proposing any actual facts or pertinent reasons.

Martin Kandl

February 22, 2016, 11:10pm (report abuse)

Posting from the same IP makes them connected in some way, even possibly the same person, regardless of the assurances from Mr Prudent.

And if you don't like what you read here's a remedy - don't read it.

For all you steamers - It's time to put the "Queen" on the scrap pile.

@Frank X. Prudent

February 23, 2016, 1:59am (report abuse)

About the name calling, mud-slinging and such you refer to in your post - just where is that? All I've seen so far is some people posting opinions opposed to yours.Others question the possible monetary motivations of some posters. Is that name calling and mud-slinging? Please clarify your statements for us.


(logged-in user) February 23, 2016, 9:55am (report abuse)

Two things for those who do not agree with this bill -

Don't bother to vote because your vote will not be counted.

And if you make a comment be prepared to have it edited or removed because whoever is in charge has decided the only opinion that should be shown are those in favor of the bill.


February 23, 2016, 10:20pm (report abuse)

And if you don't believe the owner/webmaster of this site is biased just read this blog post by said "gentleman".


So don't buy into the BS this guy spouts about how this is an open site. If he doesn't agree with you your opinion won't mean squat and it won't be heard.

This must be a very lucrative operation because we all know a lawyer wouldn't put any effort into anything unless he saw money in it.

David Dewey

February 24, 2016, 2:59pm (report abuse)

Since I'm on dial-up, I don't get to read this site frequently enough, it seems. To Deano & Martin;

I am Me, David Dewey, I live in Northern California, Jo Ann Schoen is also a real person, she lives "back east" (my wife is at work, so I can't ask her where Jo Ann's address is, sorry), but we are two real people, whose only connection with the Delta Queen is as Very satisfied passengers. I met her onboard the DQ, so I know she is real. I am a former Curator, and Antique Car restorer, and used to own a small steam launch. I also own a 100-year-old car, that I don't think is a piece of junk that should be scrapped. I will not question your motivations Deano or Martin, but I do know that you do NOT speak of something you know. The Delta Queen was maintained to high standards, and was regularly inspected by the Coast Guard, and if allowed to operate, she will be inspected regularly. There is no safety issue, nor is the DQ "a piece of Junk" anymore than the USS Constitution is.

Martin Kandl

February 25, 2016, 3:30pm (report abuse)

It is all in the perception of those looking. You like old junk, I don't. You want special dispensation for it to run up and down the Mississippi, getting in the way of legitimate commercial traffic, I don't.

So to put it as clearly as I can - I think it's a worthless pile that someone bought thinking they could make money. Turns out that isn't the case. t's junk - let it go.


(logged-in user) February 25, 2016, 10:41pm (report abuse)

As I posted on the Senate bill side, I don't understand what is in this for you, why you are so adamant the the DQ is junk, or that the DQSC wants to make "big bucks" running her up and down the rivers. Passenger traffic on the rivers IS commercial traffic, and is a legitimate use of the river, and does not "get in the way."

If you think the DQSC is going to make "big bucks" running the DQ, you sadly do not know the steamboat business. Folks do not get into this for the money, it is something that runs in your blood, for there are far more lucrative ways to make money.

Yes, I have a passion for history, I do not think the DQ, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, The Statue of Liberty, San Francisco Cable Cars are "junk"--yes they're old, and they've all needed major work to keep them functioning. Should we have discarded them instead of rebuilding them? I think not!

This effort asks for no public money, just permission to run!

Martin Kandl

February 26, 2016, 12:01am (report abuse)

I don't know why you want to live in the past, unless you have nothing in the here and now to be proud of. Perhaps that's your problem. It doesn't matter to me that you love old junk. That's your problem.

And your silly attempt to equate this old worn-out boat with the Lincoln Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, or the White House for that matter, is nothing more than an attempt to paint that old boat with real history.

Yes, legitimate passenger traffic, on safe vessels, is commercial. Your worn out old steamer is not in that class.

As I have said before, I have my opinion. You don't like it. Too bad. If it bothers you that much then don't read it.


(logged-in user) February 26, 2016, 4:27pm (report abuse)

For anyone curious about the DQ and this "discussion."

The DQ is listed on the National Register, and is also a National Historic Site, one of the few that moves; the SF Cable Cars are another. I chose the comparisons carefully; each has required a major investment to restore, most with public funds. The DQ is different because no public funds are asked for, just permission to once again travel the American Inland Waterways.

She has an over 80 year spotless safety record, and once running, she will be regularly inspected by the coast guard to insure that safety standards are met.

To say she is "junk" without facts to back that up, is not only silly, but misleading. I have been stating facts, you have stated opinions, that is why I respond, so others may know the truth.

Interesting fun statistic; when the DQ was running, Condé Nast Traveler surveyed cruise ships; of the surveyed ships, The DQ had the highest repeat passenger use, but the fewest onboard amenities!

Martin Kandl

February 27, 2016, 1:33am (report abuse)

I've clearly stated that this is my opinion.

You attempt to spout "facts" without much in the way of support.

Here's a fact for you - The guy leading the charge on this ill-fated operation has stated publicly “it’s probably the end for the Delta Queen." Now that's really an inspiring leader. I guess he has had a very difficult time convincing enough suckers to come up with the $10,000,000 minimum it will take to even get this hulk back up running.

You are probably someone who believes his opinions are of some import. That may be in your little pond but doubtful in the larger stream. Your supporters mostly came here from one or two "steam" enthusiast sites and really don't represent any large group of Americans.


(logged-in user) February 29, 2016, 2:18am (report abuse)

Mr. Kandl,

My facts can be verified by anyone wishing to search the DQ's history. Anytime my facts refute your opinions, you seem change them--first you say the DQSC is going to make big bucks running the boat, and now you say they can't afford to recondition it.

Apparently you also think your opinions are of some impact. Last I knew, the USA is a Representative Republic where minority rights are protected as much as the majority's needs are too.

All the postings here tell me that either you are upset with the DQ or the DQSC, or you are somehow related to the Lobbyist organization hired by American Cruise Lines to scuttle any chance of the DQ running again (this is a fact, just check their financial reports for 2014). Either way, further communications between us here on the subject are futile, and only serve to diffuse the real issue which is to get the legislation out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.

Martin Kandl

February 29, 2016, 11:15am (report abuse)

Mr Dewey has a comprehension problem.

"I think it's a worthless pile that someone bought thinking they could make money."

That does not equate to me saying someone was GOING to make a pile of money. I think someone INTENDED to make a bunch of money and then found out that had purchased a pig-in-a-poke.

I'm not upset with anyone other than those who think they should have a special dispensation from Congress to operate a piece of junk on the public waterways.

I've been telling you since day one that you were a fool for thinking this was going anywhere. After all, last session all the steamers were convinced it was a done deal and look what happened,

I say it is a piece of junk and should be scrapped as a hazard.

Don't like what you read - don't read it.

Martin Kandl

March 1, 2016, 8:03pm (report abuse)

To continue exposing Mr Dewey's attempts at deception:

He says this junker will be restored to it's former status and operate as it did before it was docked. And yet the company that owns it says the steam engines will be replaced with diesels. That would certainly not be "historic" in any way.

He said this junker would be steaming on inland rivers. But the owners publicly state they intend to sail it to Galveston. The only way to do that is to take into the Gulf of Mexico. This junker is considerably smaller than most steamboats. Larger boats are certainly more stable, especially in open waters. Doesn't sound so safe now.


(logged-in user) March 2, 2016, 7:48pm (report abuse)

Mr. Kandl, every time you post here, you show your ignorance of the issues. It would be laughable, except it misinforms the general public, so I will post here one more time.

Only the boilers will be replaced and will run on diesel rather than Bunker C. At the Coast Guard's request the main steam line is being replaced as well. The engines will remain intact.

Your other point of going to sea - it's my understanding the Intercoastal Waterway isn't really the Gulf of Mexico. It is a shallow, well-marked passageway with barrier islands to the south, and is always in sight of land.

As to her stability, she was designed and sailed across San Francisco Bay, a body of water that can be rather rough at times. When in regular service here in California, she did that crossing daily.

Ralph K

March 2, 2016, 10:29pm (report abuse)

hafta' say I'm with Marty on this one. This old piece of crap should just burned to the waterline and sunk.

Sandra Felix

March 3, 2016, 12:24am (report abuse)

This Bill has a lot of support from the public. Why does Congress not pass it. iT will cost the country nothing and make many people so happy. There is little left in this country to make us happy. Our history is being wiped out. I support this Bill and the Delta Queen.

Martin Kandl

March 4, 2016, 12:51am (report abuse)

"This Bill has a lot of support from the public."

What planet do you live on? The number of people who will actually stand up and be counted on this bill is far from that. The only support comes from a few steamers and the owner's shills trying to make it look like there is support.

It's junk. Put it on the scrap heap where it belongs.

Dale Silvey

March 5, 2016, 7:55pm (report abuse)

As I understand it this exemption is not needed if the boat carries 50 or fewer passengers. Since there have been statements made that it is all about the historic aspect and not profit then why not just limit the passenger load to 50, set the rates per passenger high enough to pay the bills and get on with it. Seems to me that would take care of the problem.

Martin Kandl

March 9, 2016, 11:24pm (report abuse)

This bill is a waste of time. This derelict old boat is unsafe and should be demolished.

Nancy Cabe

March 18, 2016, 9:53pm (report abuse)

I am totally supportive of HB 1248 which will amend the Safety at Sea Act and allow the lovely historic Delta Queen back on our rivers. The Delta Queen is not a sea vessel and should not have been included in the Safety at Sea Act in the first place! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote this bill out of committee and bring it to the floor for a vote. Passing this bill will cost taxpayers absolutely nothing, and yet it will bring employment and joy to many. I was on the Delta Queen back in 2008 when two travelling Coast Guard inspectors rode her from Cincinnati to Nashville and their report indicated the Delta Queen was SAFE. That record is available for you and the public to read.


(logged-in user) March 21, 2016, 11:30am (report abuse)

I agree with Martin Kandl - it is time to close the books on this old derelict and get on with things.


(logged-in user) March 25, 2016, 5:51am (report abuse)

I am dumbfound by the attitude that Deono, Mr. Kandl and Ralph K that the Delta Queen should be completely destroyed so they can "get on with things." I suspect they are of this new generation that I call the "Not Before Me" Generation. Whatever happened before they were born is not important. Part of the current "throw away" society--if it's old, it must be junk; get rid of it.

I own two cars 100 years old, my house is also old, so they probably think I live in the past. Well, here I am on the computer, so I must not be completely trapped in the past. Those who ignore the past will be forced to relive it, as they will repeat the mistakes already done.

The DQ is not derelict, nor is she "junk." She is a significant piece of American History; all we are asking is permission to let her run again. This permission is required because of a poorly-written law passed in the 1960s that was never corrected. The permission will not guarantee success, it just gives her a chance at success.

Ed Rock

March 26, 2016, 12:06am (report abuse)

Hey Huey Louie Dewey!

Tell us again how this junker got to Louisiana. Was it not towed, as in NOT OPERATIONAL when it left Tennessee? Sounds to me like you are just trying to blow smoke again. I'm with Marty and Deano that this is just a pile of scrap waiting to finish rotting away.

ISTM that you have just confirmed that you and the rest of your group are just old goats who can't let go of the past. You claim "here I am on the computer" but I think I remember you saying you were still on a dial-up connection. That's really showing us how modern you really are. Geez, what a loser.

I really doubt we will ever relive your past since you and your group are so ancient.


(logged-in user) March 26, 2016, 3:35am (report abuse)

You are the losers, this is mostly not relevant to the DQ's story. I chose to live in a rural area that has no cell coverage, no wi-fi coverage, and too many trees to have a good satellite connection. It has little to do with my love of history, but my choice to live in a quiet place.

The DQ was towed because the boilers need work; work that will be done once the exemption is passed. Towing was the most economical choice. Lots of boats get towed when being sent for refitting--does that make them "junk"?

Your comments do show your lack of respect for history, confirming my theory on your background. I do hope when you get to be the age of the DQ that your family members do not decide that you should be junked so they can move on.

I hope that others reading here will note the DQ's long excellent safety history; her now unique spot in Riverboat history, and her positive contribution to the river communities she served. Please give her a chance to do so again.

Ed Rock

March 27, 2016, 11:10am (report abuse)

I won the bet! I told a friend that you were a closet asshole and that I could make you show out. And here you are.

Just so all you steamers know - there are many folks in this country who don't give a rosy red rodent's rectum about all your "history" because it is not relevant what is happening to this country today. If you choose to stick your heads in the sand and live in the past - go right ahead. But don't get upset with the rest of us when we don't blindly follow you down that hole.

Ed Rock

March 27, 2016, 11:04pm (report abuse)

The word so sanctimoniously edited out above is "@sshole". Just want it clear what kind of person Huey Louie Dewey really is.

Ed Rock

March 30, 2016, 1:09am (report abuse)

To put a finer point on this project - resurrecting this old piece of junk is lust like polishing a turd. It may be shiny but it's still a turd.


(logged-in user) April 29, 2016, 6:26pm (report abuse)

To all my wonderful american friends,but just one tent in may 2016 and receive 3 first class tickets on the voyage of a life time,thats right a free cruise on the Edmond Fitzgerald From New York Harbor to the Port of Baltimore,where You can help unload the ships entering the Bay.Thanks to my fine American friends.

Atta Boy Omar

May 1, 2016, 11:27am (report abuse)

Love to have ya here. At least you aren't selling some crap about a worn out piece like the Delta Queen.


(logged-in user) May 6, 2016, 5:04pm (report abuse)

To my wonderful American friends,its been a long time since we spoke been in C Block for faulty latch zippers on my Acme camper tent model 6000. Its good to see the durby this Saturday as a one time special deal for you buy my new and improved tent model 6001 in May and receive 3 one way tickets from Secausus N.J. to the Derby of Kentucky on the jupiter 2 AS always Thanks to my fine American friends.


(logged-in user) May 7, 2016, 2:47pm (report abuse)

To My wonderful American Mothers out there,for this weekend only I have decided to honor you for this special day,Buy just one of my new and improved model 6001 Acme camping out tents,and I will through in the complete 9 disc DVD series of the famous 1960's epic comedy TV show,My Mother the car,in digital color.Thanks to my fine American Mothers.

Christopher Wirtjes

May 8, 2016, 3:01am (report abuse)

Please support passing this issue to bring back the historic Delta Queen in service. Thank you.

@Christopher Wirtjes

May 8, 2016, 8:04pm (report abuse)

Why? It's a piece of crap and should have been burnt to the waterline years ago.

As someone said above - it's just a turd and you can't polish it up to be anything else.


(logged-in user) May 9, 2016, 1:18pm (report abuse)

To my wonderful American friends,could she be a faded Rose from days gone by?? Model series 6001 tents are moving fast only a few weeks supply left so hurry on down and secure your order.If you do so ,you will receive the complete Dvd package volume 1 of Tanya Tuckers smash hit Delta Dawn,so dont delay volume 1 is almost sold out..Thanks to my fine American friends.

Martin Kandl

May 11, 2016, 1:15pm (report abuse)

Said it before and say it again - This bill is a waste of time. This derelict old boat is unsafe and should be demolished.


May 11, 2016, 9:17pm (report abuse)

I'd really like to be able to travel on the Delta Queen, so I would appreciate this bill being passed ASAP. I don't know why a few people here are SO dead set against her being allowed to do what she does best, which she had done for decades without incident. Perhaps they're some of the lobbyists hired by American Cruise Lines to work against the exemption, presumably worried that some of their business will go to an authentic vessel as opposed to reproductions. I don't know why anyone would continue to comment with such vitriol against something that really doesn't effect them at all.

And FYI, I'm not ancient, I just believe that our history is important, and should be preserved for our children to enjoy and understand. I want my daughter to travel on the Delta Queen, and her children as well. I don't respect those that have no appreciation for American history, and the Delta Queen is a piece of our history.

Martin Kandl

May 12, 2016, 9:08am (report abuse)

It's just an old piece of junk. High time it was scrapped.

Save the Delta Queen

May 12, 2016, 11:01am (report abuse)

I have great sympathy for the uneducated people spewing negative comments about the Delta Queen. This lovely boat is an economic engine for every small town she docks in. People drive many miles to line the banks of every town she docks in. All of those people eat, shop, and sleep in our towns. WE LOVE THE DELTA QUEEN! I can only surmise that the negative comments are from American Cruise Lines employees or lobbyists. Get off the payroll!

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