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Time to Call your US Representative
June 24, 2017

It's time to call and ask your US Representative to support the Delta Queen Steamboat. Tell them you support HR 619 to return this historic landmark to the rivers.
Media coverage (House): mariettatimes.com * postbulletin.com * newsandsentinel.com * stripes.com * mariettatimes.com * bna.com * labortribune.com * usabreakingnews.net * timesfreepress.com * recordnet.com





Information Request - Dixie Queen
June 5, 2017

C.J. Freeman came into two lights from the old Dixie Queen, the original steamboat from the Thames River in London. There is a current Dixie Queen modeled after the older boat. Here are two photos showing the lamps, which are still in working order. If you have any further information about the boat, or possible history of these items, please send it along and we will forward it to C.J. Freeman. - editors (contact)

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Information Request - Copper Etching
June 5, 2017

On Apr 7, 2017, at 4:26 PM, Keith M. wrote:

Hi there.

I came across an amazing old copper etching of a Civil War Era (I think) ship.

I attached a photo. Could you recommend how I can go about identifying the vessel?

I think it may be a military vessel.

Thank You so much.

Keith Marantz

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This is a pressed copy.

Editor's note: if you have any information, send it in and we will share it with Keith (contact).





Ancestry - The Greenbrier 1946
June 5, 2017

On May 8, 2017, at 4:02 PM, Tammy Wooding wrote:

My Grandfather Benjamin Samuel Wooding served on the Greenbriar. According to his love letters to my grandmother, he was on the Greenbriar in 1946.

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Editor's note: we welcome people to share their steamboat ancestry. If you would like to contact Tammy Wooding, we will forward your emails (contact Steamboats.com)





Resurrected U.S. river cruise
industry continuing expansion

May 9, 2017

A great story on how we went from zero paddlewheel steamboats in 2010 to what we have now - and the possibility of getting back the Delta Queen Steamboat. Travelweekly.com, by Michelle Baran, May 10 issue.





Delta Queen Steamboat Exemption Sails Through Senate
April 3, 2017

The Delta Queen won the vote in the Senate eighty-five to twelve. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, then to the White House. The steamboat community offers a hearty congratulations to the Delta Queen Steamboat Company and everyone who has worked tirelessly to bring us to this point. Many thanks to the Senators who voted yea.

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To learn more about the history of the Delta Queen at this site, go to steamboats.com/museum
Media coverage (Senate): stltoday.com * arkansasonline.com * helena-arkansas.com * newslocker.com * topix.com * dailycomet.com * gallatinnorthmissourian.com * iheart.com * bestynews.com * canadianews.org * feedblitz.com * foreignaffairs.co.nz * news60seconds.ddns.net * thecourier.com * todaylatest.online * altamontpress.com * bizjournals.com * cincinnati.com * citybeat.com * courier-journal.com * courier-journal.com * crossroadstoday.com * mtfca.com * natlawreview.com * oldsaltblog.com * rypn.org * scoopnest.com * stltoday.com * topix.com * wcpo.com * wopular.com * townhall.com * portman.senate.gov * workboat.com
freerepublic.com * rypn.org * myleaderpaper.com * rollcall.com





Steamboat Books for Sale
March 15, 2017

On Mar 15, 2017, at 8:07 AM, Lois Porter wrote:

Nori,
I am sending a listing of a couple older steam boating books that belonged to my husband (I am a weaver so have no need for these). I used to sell art and textile related books (before Amazon came along). I have others also that I can send later. Let me know how this works. Thank You, Lois Porter books72001@yahoo.com

1. Captain Frederick Way, Jr. THE LOG OF THE BETSY ANN & Way's Recent Reflections from Ohio River Magazines. OH, 1966-67. Autographed, 4 copies. Soft cover, staples are rusting. 70 pp. each $20.00 post paid

2. Rev. Chester D. Berry. LOSS OF THE SULTANA and REMINISCENCES of SURVIVORS. Darius D. Thorp, 1892. Worn hard cover with gilt lettering. 426 pp., frontis illus. of the Sultana, with lithos of several survivors. $70.00 postpaid

3. STEAMBOAT DISASTERS and RAILROAD ACCIDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES. Published by Warren Lazell, Worcester, 1843. Rebound hard cover. 408 (foxed)pp., several engravings. $75.00 post paid

4. THE BIOGRAPHY OF T.C. COLLINS WRITTEN BY HIMSELF. PART ONE 1832-1873. Compiled and edited, with preface by Herbert L. Rouse, Sr. Gate Way Press, #249 of 750 copies, autographed. 1986. Hard cover, dust jacket, 302 pp. plus index. $30.00 pp.

5. THE ADVENTURES OF T.C. COLLINS - BOAT MAN. TWENTY FOUR YEARS ON THE WESTERN WATERS. 1849-1873. Compiled and edited, with preface by Herbert L. Rouse, Sr. Gateway Press, #249 of 750 copies, autographed. 1985. Hard cover, dust jacket. 250 pp., page edges foxed. $25.00 pp. #4 and #5 together $50.00

Editor's Note: If you are interested in any of these books, email Lois directly: books72001 - at - yahoo.com.





Delta Queen Steamboat Supporters Speak Out
March 11, 2017

The News and Tribune of Southern Indiana makes a case for passing Delta Queen legislation in its February 23 article, "FULL STEAM AHEAD: Southern Indiana residents push to get Delta Queen back on the water." Reporter Danielle Grady cites personal stories and urgent messages from Jo Ann Schoen, Travis Vascncelos, Keith Norrington, and Phillip Johnson.

If you hesitate on whether to call your Senators and Representatives - read this article. Then call.

Read the article: newsandtribune.com





Support the Delta Queen Steamboat
March 5, 2017

The Delta Queen needs our help. Call your Senators to support Senate Bill S. 89, and contribute to the Delta Queen to help with maintenance while she's waiting to go back to work.

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Contact the Delta Queen Steamboat Company to support the Delta Queen.
Go to: dqsteaboat.com





Good news from the Delta Queen Steamboat Company
January 25, 2017

UPDATE: The recently introduced bill in the U.S. Senate by Senator Claire McCaskill was just passed by the Senate Commerce Committee to be considered by the full Senate for a vote. Now would be a great time to contact your U.S. Senators urging them to support Senate Bill S. 89 allowing the historic DELTA QUEEN to sail again!

Read more: lebanondailyrecord.com - workboat.com - hiawathaworldonline.com - workboat.com - stlpublicradio.org - nola.com - abcnews - stltoday.com (editorial) - lasvegassun.com - wn.com - beaumontenterprise.com - ktts.com - wevv.com - travelagentcentral.com - Congressional legislation filed by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and now co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Tom Cotton (R-LA). - publicnow.com - bizjournals.com (Louisville) - bizjournals.com (Cincinnati) - portman.senate.gov (press release) - mccaskill.senate.gov (press release) - courier-journal.com - dailycomet.com - latimes.com - kmov.com [the article is there, but not the video] - wvxu.com - Delta Queen backers say Coast Guard safety worries will be addressed: stltoday - hannibal.net - semissourian.com - newsandtribune.com





Delta Queen 2017
January 29, 2017

On Jan 29, 2017, at 10:39 AM, Jo Ann Schoenwrote:

YES!!! For those of you who do not know there is a renewed effort in Congress to pass the exemption the DELTA QUEEN from the Safety of Life at Sea Act (SOLAS) that she needs to run again, Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri has introduced Senate Bill # S 89 with 6 co-sponsors and Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio has introduced House Bill # HR 619 with 8 co-sponsors. A very SPECIAL thanks to these two who have and are working so hard to keep our dream alive!

Due to the overwhelming support from Senator McCaskill, the senate bill has already been passed by the Senate Commerce committee and is expected to successfully pass the senate soon. It is hopeful for similar results in the house.

So again, I am asking you to PLEASE contact your Senators and Representative. If you don't know who your Representative or Senators are - as we've had an election and some of us have new folks in Washington representing us, simply type in US House or US Senate - you can then click members and search for your Congressmen that way.

The best way to contact them and make sure your voice is heard is to call their Washington office. If you can get to the aide in charge of Commerce, Science and Transportation in your Senators office and the aide in charge of Transportation in your Representatives office the better. However, many times they will want to just take a message. So that is fine. Or if you can't call during working hours, many allow for voice mails to be left.

If you can get a conversation going below are highlights that will help them know you are educated on the issue.

I know there are still rumors out there that she is not safe to run, so I will highlight the arguments below:

1) She does not go to sea! She is always within sight of land and therefore can put into shore very quickly.

2) She will have a COI from the Coast Guard, who will make a thorough inspection before granting the Certificate of Inspection.

3) Her new owners have actually been in discussion with the Coast Guard as to what they will require in order to pass that inspection. So when she is getting her makeover - she will also have many systems upgraded.

4) She will have a Coast Guard trained fire fighting crew.

5) Per the new bills - the new owners will "make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials".

6) She has a fire prevention and suppression that is monitored 24 hours a day.

7) She has a watchman walking the boat, that keys each station from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.

8) She is a National Historic Landmark that educates folks to what life on the river was like decade ago and brings history alive for your and old.

9) She is the last fully steampowered, sternwheel overnight passenger vessel left on our inland rivers today.

10) She was nominated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of America's Most Endangered in 2016.

THANK YOU again for your continued efforts and support.

2017 the Year of the QUEEN!!!!

- Jo Ann Schoen





Save the Delta Queen in 2017
January 12, 2017

Good news for the Delta Queen Steamboat came out of Washington, DC, on January 10. US Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced S.89, a bill to put the historic vessel back into service.
S.89 - 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 and for other purposes. 115th Congress (2017-2018)

You can track the bill here and sign up for alerts: congress.gov.

Call your two US Senators to tell them you support S.89 because you support the Delta Queen Steamboat. Read more at St. Louis Today: stltoday.com.





Rabbit Hash General Store Set to Reopen this Spring
January 12, 2017

The Rabbit Hash General Store, destroyed by fire last year, is now on track to reopen this spring. The store was a fixture in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, since 1831. To read more about the renewal, go to Kentucky for Kentucky - kyforky.com





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