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S. 1717, A bill 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 (90 comments ↓)

S. 1717 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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Jo Ann Schoen

February 14, 2016, 10:52am (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.

JD Pauley

February 14, 2016, 1:16pm (report abuse)

Please help our river Hustory alive

Betsy Crouch

February 14, 2016, 1:25pm (report abuse)

Please pass this resolution so we can have living breathing history alive again. It will bring revenue to the river cities and employment to many. As Americans we discard so much of our historic buildings and landmarks. This is a chance to reverse the trend and let thousands enjoy the majestic Delta Queen once again.

Dean Millius

February 14, 2016, 1:50pm (report abuse)

As a citizen living on the Mississippi River in Dubuque, IA I would like you to support this bill to allow the Delta Queen to once again cruise the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. The Delta Queen owners are not looking for any government funds just the approval to exempt the Delta Queen from the ocean going law. It was never intended for inland waterway vessels. Since the Delta Queen has over 50 rooms she is brought into this law which in turn asking for exemptions from Congress. The Delta Queen has a perfect safety record. The new owners will be replacing the old boilers and many additional improvements once this exemption is approved. Please support this exception to continue the family tradition of thousands of folks along the river banks to see the only overnight paddle wheel steamboat cruising the American waterways.

For all the Delta Queen supporters please pass this along to others! Thank you!

John Dahlgren

February 14, 2016, 2:16pm (report abuse)

I support this.

Don Stedman

February 14, 2016, 2:28pm (report abuse)

I agree with Dean Millius!

Bernard H. Engelman

February 14, 2016, 2:32pm (report abuse)

Please support the passage of this bill. DQ is an important piece of Americana. Keep our rivers alive with tourism.

Jo Krieger

February 14, 2016, 2:33pm (report abuse)

I have gone up and down the rivers on the Delta Queen and never had a concern. It is American at its best and should be allowed to cruise the rivers ASAP.

I support this bill.

Shawn Maher

February 14, 2016, 2:47pm (report abuse)

I support this bill. Thank you Senators for sponsoring it.

Mary Willenbring

February 14, 2016, 2:54pm (report abuse)

Please support the passage of this bill and let the Delta Queen sail again! Thank you!

Bill Comstock

February 14, 2016, 2:55pm (report abuse)

Please do not let this piece of history go to waste.

Jesse Kohl

February 14, 2016, 3:24pm (report abuse)

I support this bill as a means of keeping the Delta Queen under steam and carrying passengers. The Queen is a vital piece of American history, a creator of jobs, and an economic benefit to all ports which it visits. As noted by others who have voiced their support, the Delta Queen has had a long and an exemplary record of safety, one which it could continue to uphold if it was given an opportunity by this bill.

Dean Millius

February 14, 2016, 3:52pm (report abuse)

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

http://www.mdgc.us/articles/2015/4/2/urge_congress_to_support_delta/

Jackie Smith

February 14, 2016, 3:59pm (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!

Paul Penta

February 14, 2016, 4:22pm (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.

Vickie

February 14, 2016, 5:53pm (report abuse)

I support this, please bring the Queen back!

David Anderson

February 14, 2016, 5:56pm (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.

Heidi Millius

February 14, 2016, 6:20pm (report abuse)

I support the Delta Queen. She is a beautiful piece of history that should be allowed to sail. I have stayed twice on the Delta Queen while she was docked. My family and fiancé had a wonderful stay and learned a lot from the crew. Give the Delta Queen the opportunity to teach other generations about her history.

Mary Burgmeier

February 14, 2016, 6:45pm (report abuse)

Allow the Delta Queen to cruise up and down the Mississippi River all the way to Stillwater and St. Louis. It is a beautiful ship and enjoy seeing these big vessels dock in Dubuque.

Dan Breitbach

February 14, 2016, 7:42pm (report abuse)

Only congress would be dense enough not to pass this.

williebug

February 14, 2016, 8:00pm (report abuse)

Thank you for your concern about safety.

But allowing the Delta Queen to continue is saving a piece of history

Frank X. Prudent

February 14, 2016, 9:50pm (report abuse)

The DELTA QUEEN is a living piece of American history. She has safely provided both Democrats and Republicans a view of America that no foreign flagged cruise ship can offer. It's time for Congress to recognize the will of Americans and once again save the DELTA QUEEN!

Dean Phillips

February 14, 2016, 10:11pm (report abuse)

The Delta Queen is the last remaining true steamboat. She represents an important part of our history. A time when river transportation was the lifeblood of our economy. Please vote Yes on this bill so future generations can experience the romance and history of traveling by steamboat.

Robert Reynolds

February 14, 2016, 10:29pm (report abuse)

Please pass this bill! The DELTA QUEEN is a piece of living history and is safer than most places you could ever go.

Gregory M. Weber

February 15, 2016, 6:50am (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 S. 1717 and correct the mistake made in 2006 that allowed the previous exemption to lapse after 58 years. This is long overdue. Thank You.

Mary Farrar

February 15, 2016, 8:17am (report abuse)

Please support s 1717. It was terrible to deny the exemption back in 2006

@Dan Breitbach (or whoever is making all these posts)

February 15, 2016, 9:59am (report abuse)

So you think being a smart-ass will help convince the congress to pass this bill? Sounds like you need to adjust your attitude.

George Burch

February 15, 2016, 10:33am (report abuse)

Please support this bill to return the Delta Queen to the rivers again. An important piece of american history for over 85 years.

Ted Guillaum

February 15, 2016, 12:22pm (report abuse)

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

Katie B

February 15, 2016, 1:07pm (report abuse)

We are talking about a wonderful piece of history here. The Delta Queen has been cruising the inland waterways for over 80 years and is the ONLY authentic overnight steamboat left. Let's get her back on the river where she belongs.

Jim Karnath

February 15, 2016, 2:36pm (report abuse)

Yes - it is long overdue to get the Delta Queen running and making history in the US. It has already proven it can cruise safely! Pass the bill!

Nina Faith

February 15, 2016, 2:39pm (report abuse)

I support the passage of this bill to keep alive the beautiful "Delta Queen"

Virginia Rhynders

February 15, 2016, 4:00pm (report abuse)

The safety record of the DELTA QUEEN is unmatched. It should be pointed out that she has a double steel hull, complete fire suppression systems, alarms and 24 hr watchmen. She will also continue to be inspected by the Coast Guard as in the past and is much safer that the large ocean going liners. I urge you to join the multitude of citizens who have worked so hard to "Save the DELTA QUEEN".

Ann DuPont

February 15, 2016, 4:26pm (report abuse)

Please support this bill and return the Delta Queen to American rivers. It is a living link to our American heritage.

Nori Muster

February 15, 2016, 5:07pm (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 S. 1717.

Michael H Jones

February 15, 2016, 5:35pm (report abuse)

I ask that help pass S 1717 This is a win win for the Senate, for the historic Delta Queen, for all the people who live in the towns along our in-land rivers and could see their business come back with the DQ again stopping at their landings. My wife and I have 20 trips on the DQ and are looking forward to many more with your support. Please vote for S 1717

Daniel Lewis

February 15, 2016, 6:09pm (report abuse)

Please pass S.1717. I am a licensed chief engineer who has been on board the Delta Queen many times over recent years and can say it has one of the best fire protection systems of any vessel on this country's inland waters. The Delta Queen's crew has also maintained a superb safety record for this vessel over its many years of service.

Richard Reiff

February 15, 2016, 6:19pm (report abuse)

The original intent of the safety issue regarding wood superstructure was for ships at sea. The riverboats currently in use and proposed to be used have significant fire protection as well as fire proof/resistant materials, not in use when the original issue resulted in loss of life at sea. Also, riverboats do not travel far from land or shore, in fact, are normally less than 1/4 mile from land. Thus safety of passengers, should an unusual situation occur, is not the same problem that a ship at sea might have.

Please pass this bill.

Shirley Coit

February 15, 2016, 6:38pm (report abuse)

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

Michael Gorman Weinert

February 15, 2016, 8:24pm (report abuse)

Please pass S.1717. Title 46 is too restrictive as it stands and is an economic wet blanket on many river towns. Please help us support the tourism industries of these towns and help us preserve the historic national treasure which is the Delta Queen in it's intended function.

JEB, Cincinnati

February 15, 2016, 8:29pm (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.

Jim Herron

February 15, 2016, 11:21pm (report abuse)

For the many reasons stated by others who have commented here and from my own personal experience in cruising aboard the Delta Queen, I ask you to vote in favor of this bill.

I have absolutely no concerns about safety on the Delta Queen and will cruise on her again if you allow it to go back in service with you yes vote.

Please make it happen. After all, there is no taxpayer or federal budget cost to this. Also, you will be helping to provide jobs with your yes vote.

Martin Kandl

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

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

Joyce Rutledge

February 16, 2016, 8:31am (report abuse)

Please Save the Queen and pass S.1717 Title 46. We have taken several trips on the Delta Queen and the best vacations we have ever taken.

Norman Sharp

February 16, 2016, 8:36am (report abuse)

Keep the Queen afloat and plying river waters. Yes to the bill to exempt the Queen.

Don Stedman

February 16, 2016, 9:30am (report abuse)

I urge you to support S,1717!

Charles W. Jordan

February 16, 2016, 12:21pm (report abuse)

I too wish to voice my hopes that S 1717 quickly finds its way out of committee and on to the Senate floor for a favorable vote.

Also I would like to see all of the naysayers to have the fortitude to voice their negative feelings here and state exactly why S 1717 should not be passed.

CM Peterson

February 16, 2016, 7:20pm (report abuse)

I signed a petition for a similar bill in the early sixties. She cruised the river safely for fifty years without destructive or costly repaird. The owners were glad to comply with the inspection requirements. The Delta Queen is a historic treasue and should be allowed to do the work she was intened for. Please pass S. 1717 so the Queen can continue to educate and entertain us!

Frank X. Prudent

February 16, 2016, 8:39pm (report abuse)

The DELTA QUEEN is an invaluable link to our country's past. She is not, "an old piece of junk." In fact she has carried a princess and sitting president safely on the heartland rivers of America. She is a direct link to the river and boats that Mark Twain wrote about, and has a one of a kind power plant that has moved her up and down the rivers of America since near the beginning of the 20th. Century. I would suggest that a modicum of thoughtful research would open one's eyes as to what a one of a kind world treasure she truly is!

Dean Millius

February 16, 2016, 9:44pm (report abuse)

I want to thank everyone for your comments. For someone here in Dubuque Iowa it's great hearing from other people across the Country who love our Delta Queen. She is loved and we need to continue to press our representatives and show them how much she has meant to past and most importantly FUTURE generations. She is worth the fight.

Jan Zweerts

February 17, 2016, 1:19am (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, 7:53am (report abuse)

Some use false facts as justification for voting against this bill. The words of the crew members who have lived and worked on this vessel, the safety record of the vessel, and the record of the Coast Guard inspections and safety drills passed with flying colors should be the basis of this decision. She has state of the art life safety equipment that is continuously improved, and new owners who have committed to spend the money to continue to improve the vessel in order to keep her viable and safe. Please vote yes to save this unique part of American history.

Carl Dragan

February 17, 2016, 10:08am (report abuse)

Please bring this important part of history back

Martin Kandl

February 17, 2016, 11:14am (report abuse)

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

Capt. Roy C. Push

February 17, 2016, 5:04pm (report abuse)

Paddle Wheelers are a symbol of our nation. We need to preserve them.

Sandra Felix

February 17, 2016, 7:54pm (report abuse)

This old lady of the waterways is still exciting to see as she passes by the river towns. What a shame she is in dry dock in LA now made to be a land lover. I support passing the exemption as many more folks who know and love the queen of the river. The eDelta Queen.

Charles Naughton

February 18, 2016, 12:53am (report abuse)

No, I believe it is time to send this one to final rest. Far too dangerous for even "within sight of shore" operations anymore.

Mary Oliver

February 18, 2016, 3:12pm (report abuse)

Why are you letting a part of our country's history being forgotten and dry docked. It's presence belongs on the Mighty Mississippi like it has been for generations. So many people depend on it and what it represents to everyone.

Martin Kandl

February 18, 2016, 7:05pm (report abuse)

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

David Dewey

February 19, 2016, 8:22pm (report abuse)

I don't know who Martin Kandl or Charles Naughton are, but I believe they have never seen the DQ or know 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, 11:40pm (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.

Deano

(logged-in user) February 23, 2016, 9:54am (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 opinions that should be shown are those in favor of the bill.

***

February 23, 2016, 10:19pm (report abuse)

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

https://washingtonwatch.com/blog/2016/02/21/save-the-delta-queen/

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, 3:13pm (report abuse)

I will repeat here what I posted on the companion house bill site:

I am NOT connected with the DQSC at all!

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.

Frank Lee

February 24, 2016, 10:32pm (report abuse)

Martin, could you be more specific and give your rationale for calling the DQ a piece of junk? That seems to be such a trollish comment just thrown out to rile up supporters.

Glennis Roseberry

February 25, 2016, 1:22pm (report abuse)

It is my pleasure to support this sites efforts on behalf of the Delta Queen, who's brother-steamboat, the Delta King, resides less than 100 miles from me. We should always stand the ground of historical pieces, places and things and do our best to send them safely to the future. The Delta Queen is absolutely no different. She is a gem to be honored and cared for.

Oh, one last thing. David Dewey is not Jo Ann Schoen, nor is he a shill for DQSC. He's my Historical Advisor for the Historic Oroville State Theatre...and he has the same passion for our building as he has for the Delta Queen.

Martin Kandl

February 25, 2016, 3:26pm (report abuse)

I don't have to "be more specific and explain my rationale" but here it is anyway - the thing is old, worn out, non-operational, and useless. There is no reason to spend time fooling with it.

For all you steamers who have so much time to spend on this old piece of junk - why not instead spend your time doing what a lot of us do - go to the local shelters and help the folks who need it, instead of whining and crying about a useless piece of junk.

For the history buffs - fine, park the junk wherever you want and let others come see it if they want. In fact Glennis, that's just where this thing was, just like the one you are so enthralled with in Sacramento. Then some group thought they could make a bunch of money with it by trying to run it up and down the Mississippi, getting in the way of legitimate commercial traffic. Turns out that was a mistake and now they are stuck with an albatross that can't even steam under it's own power.

It's junk - let it go.

DavidDewey

(logged-in user) February 25, 2016, 10:23pm (report abuse)

Martin, and more importantly, those who are visiting here and may not know much about the DQ.

First I am really biting my tongue to avoid calling you a complete idiot, but I will refrain from that!

The poor will be with us always, and how do you know some of us aren't already doing that? All the other comments you made are false. The DQ has never interfered with river commerce. She is not a worn out piece of "junk" she has many years of service life left in her. Yes, the boilers need rework or replacement, and that is normal in the life of a steamboat. The new owners were well-aware of the issues when they purchased her, including getting this legislation passed. Running a steamboat is very much like running a museum-you don't do it for the money, there are far more lucrative ways to make money.

So I ask you, why do you think it is so important to deny future generations the chance to see & ride a real overnight sternwheel steamboat? Since you asked me, I ask you, what's in it?

Martin Kandl

February 26, 2016, 12:03am (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.

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.

Glennis Roseberry

February 26, 2016, 1:08am (report abuse)

I'd say you certainly have made your opinion abundantly clear, Martin Kandl. We understand old things hold no interest for you. That is certainly your right. Meanwhile, there are others who do not share your opinion and shouldn't be attacked and accused of things you know nothing of.

Incidentally, Mr. Dewey volunteers a great deal of time in his community. He makes it possible for our community to have a Performing Arts Center by performing services few people can.

Why do you care if others appreciate history? There is no fiscal impact. Merely the opportunity to offer folks a way to experience how it was in the past. Why is it such a problem for you? I hope you don't raise your children with that attitude.

@Glennis Roseberry

February 26, 2016, 1:47am (report abuse)

I don't see why anyone can't speak their piece here without being attacked for doing so. Whether or not you agree with Mr Kandl, he has the same rights as you on this board. The fact that you don't agree doesn't make it fair for you to make remarks about him. That is the very same thing you are accusing him of doing. Just how do you have aby right to disparage his parenting, if he even has children? Careful about throwing rocks. Some of them have a way of coming back at you.

Martin Kandl

February 29, 2016, 11:17am (report abuse)

It's a piece of junk and a hazard. Scrap it now.

Martin Kandl

March 9, 2016, 11:23pm (report abuse)

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

Martin Kandl

March 9, 2016, 11:23pm (report abuse)

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

Nancy Cabe, Spokane WA

March 18, 2016, 10:28pm (report abuse)

I am totally supportive of S1717 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.

Martin Kandl posted his negative comments on here 9 times. Does he think repetition will influence the decision??? As for me, I suspect Mr. Kandl has an ulterior motive.

Deano

(logged-in user) March 21, 2016, 11:28am (report abuse)

@Nancy Cabe

And you, along with Mr Dewey and all the other whiners, don't have a motive behind your posting? Get over it.

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

DavidDewey

(logged-in user) March 23, 2016, 11:36pm (report abuse)

Whiners?? We set forth logical arguments for the passage of this bill because we want to see the Delta Queen run again and have the opportunity to ride her again. Some of us do have friends who worked on her in the past and hope do do so again. Being logical is whining? For some reason you and Mr. Kandl think the boat is derelict and, he at least, wants to see it demolished--forget saving any history.

So the two of you continue to repeat your, we believe, unfounded and unsubstantiated opinions over and over again.

I still ask, are you two somehow involved with the lobbyist group that American Cruise Lines is paying to prevent the bills' passage? Why ACL considers the DQ a threat to their river cruise business I do not understand; the DQ target market is far different than their market population.

In short; the DQ is NOT derelict, and when ready to sail, will pass any Coast Guard safety inspection, as she always has in the past, and should be given the chance to run again.

Deano

(logged-in user) March 24, 2016, 11:30am (report abuse)

"logical arguments"? What logic involves allowing a derelict to continue operating? Whining is what you are doing.

As to your assertion that I am somehow associated with some group the answer is no. I don't want or need any such association to tell me the truth about a piece of junk.

And just so we know - which group are you associated with? It is obvious you are some sort of promoter since you make statements and then don't back them up. It would come as no surprise to find you have a financial interest in this thing.

In short, this old piece of junk should have been abandoned long ago.

As has been said before in many different places - if something someone writes upsets you then don't read it.

DavidDewey

(logged-in user) March 25, 2016, 5:30am (report abuse)

By definition a derelict boat is not an operating boat; if a boat is operating, it's not derelict.

The only group I could be related to is that of past passengers. I have followed the DQ since I was in High School (1967 to 1971) and it wasn't until 2008 that I was able to take a trip on her. What I state here is my person point of view, based on experience and research.

I don't believe you know the vessel well at all, nor do you have a valid point of reference to declare her present condition. Both you and Mr. Kandl seem to love to call her "junk." I hope those reading here note that far more people have written about her great safety record and the positive influence she has had on many river communities' economies.

"As has been said before in many different places - if something someone writes upsets you then don't read it." I must say, what we write must upset you, as you always seem to need to reply to the postings, over and over again with the same unsubstantiated statements..

Ed Rock

March 25, 2016, 11:59pm (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.

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