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Delta Queen Model Restored|
September 22, 2015
Celebrated model builder John Fryant published an article about his restoration of a Delta Queen model for the Cincinnati Museum Center. The article appeared in the "Small Stacks" column of the S&D Reflector, Vol. 52, No. 3, September 2015. The project to restore the model was a collaborative effort between the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Bill Muster Foundation.
The Delta Queen is the first of a series of paddlewheel models John Fryant will restore for the Museum. The Muster Foundation and Cincinnati Museum Center started the project in June 2014, and hosted a luncheon for Delta Queen fans, including many from the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen.
In his article, John describes the model's "before" condition, how he investigated its origins, and explains how he restored it. He also reflects on the timing of the model restoration. A few weeks after he completed the model, the actual Delta Queen sold to good people, who are currently restoring it to go back into the cruise business.
Click here for a pdf of the S&D article, click here for a searchable pdf. More links: the S&D Reflector website * the Cincinnati Museum Center * model boats section at this website * memories from the 2014 Cincinnati Museum Center party, when this project got started.
2016 Delta Queen Calendars are Ready!
My new Delta Queen Calendar has been printed & is available for immediate shipment. The photos in this year's calendar were taken between 1998 & 2008.
The price of the calendar will remain $15 & shipping will remain $3 for those calendars that need to be mailed. Reduced Shipping possible for multiple orders shipped to the same address.
Please get your orders in & checks to me as soon as possible as last year a few people were too late as I sold out & the same number of calendars were printed this year.
Delta Queen Steamboat Company Names Kimmswick as Homeport
September 11, 2015
The Delta Queen Steamboat Company has chosen Kimmswick, Missouri, just south of St. Louis, as its corporate headquarters and home port for the Delta Queen Steamboat. Our hearty congratulations to this historic river town, and to the DQSC.
News coverage: fox2now.com * visitkimmswick.com * Maritime Matters * wn.com * memphisdailynews.com * newschannel9.com * chattanoogan.com * cincinnati.com * bizjournals.com * houmatoday.com * stltoday.com * dailyjournalonline.com * justgoodnews.biz * whio.com * travelweekly.com * newsandsentinel.com * wlwt.com
Updated Delta Queen History Pages
September 10, 2015
Over the weekend we here at Steamboats.com decided it was high time we fixed some links and updated some historical data. The Delta Queen Legislative and Corporate History Timeline is one of the pages we updated. The other section we tightened up was the Legislative and Corporate History From the Files of Bill N. Muster and Richard C. Simonton. The corporate history files catalog the vital documents from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, when Richard Simonton and Bill Muster ran Greene Line Steamers. It was the first exhibit at Steamboats.com, when the site started in 1998. It's now easier to use, and more accessible. If you have any additions, corrections, or feedback, please send it in!*
Legislative and Corporate History - click here.
Legislative and Corporate History Timeline - click here.
2001 Steamboats.com Logos (never before seen!)
Steamboats.com Museum Image Appears on Show Boat Programme
September 2, 2015
The Dave Thomson Collection at the online steamboat museum recently provided a steamboat image for the program of a live performance of the musical Show Boat. The production was by the College Amateur Operatic Society, and took place July 16-18, 2015 in London. Click to see the program and a photo of the stage: Show Boat in London.
Concert on the American Queen
Get your tickets now to see the Platters on the Steamboat American Queen in New Orleans, Saturday, September 5, 2015! Click here for more information.
Online Museum: New Waybills and Steamboat Documents
August 8, 2015
The Dave Thomson Collection now has twelve pages of steamboat documents, which include 161 images. If you've looked through these documents before, the new ones begin at the bottom of page six. If the waybill section is new to you, we invite you to look through all twelve pages.
To see Steamboat magazine covers, book covers, paintings, ads, posters, and other ephemera, look through the illustrations. You can find illustrations, photos, and a complete index to the Dave Thomson Collection at Steamboats.com - click here.
Steamboat document exhibit at the Steamboats.com museum: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
New Photos of the President Sidewheeler from Readers
August 4, 2015
Last week, two old photos of the President Sidewheeler came in through email, both from different people. Click here to see the photos and learn more about the sad history. The much-beloved vessel is now lying in pieces in a salvage yard in Effingham, Illinois.
Senate Bill Amendment would Return Delta Queen to Cincinnati
July 31, 2015
If you live in Cincinnati, and want your riverboat back, a new amendment would do that. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman added an amendment to their Save the Delta Queen bill that would name Cincinnati as the boat's home port. Read more: WLWT TV
In Search of Ralph Law Art
July 23, 2015
On Jul 23, 2015, at 12:34 PM, Erin Law wrote:
I am in search of Ralph Law paintings and sketches. He mainly did watercolors, but, I know that there are also sketches out there. Ralph is a relative of my husband and his family. It would mean the world to us to be put in contact with these paintings and sketches. If you know of anyone who would have these for sale, please let me know. The best way to contact me is through e-mail
erinlaw1982 - at - hotmail.com
Thanks so much for your help with this.
American Queen in High Water
July 20, 2015
Over the weekend, the news came in that the American Queen cannot go any higher on the Ohio River due to flooding in Kentucky. Here's a video posted this weekend of the American Queen passing under a bridge with inches to spare.
Youtube.com - American Queen passes under a bridge during high water.
Media coverage: American Queen Cancels Upper Mississippi Cruises, Travel Pulse * Flooding Causes American Queen, Queen of Mississippi to Skip Henderson Stops, tristatehomepage.com * American Queen stop in La Crosse canceled, wxow.com* American Queen Cancels Trips, 1410wizm.com * American Queen stop in La Crosse canceled, topix.com * American Queen stop in La Crosse canceled, newsjs.com * American Queen's visit to Hannibal today cancelled, hannibal.net * High water takes toll on riverboat dockings, Southeast Missourian * American Queen will not make July 22 Stop in Clinton-other Clinton stops not affected, krosradio.com * American Queen's visit to Hannibal today cancelled, snewsi.com * American Queen stop cancelled Wednesday, clintonherald.com * the AMERICAN QUEEN and high water - Steamboats.org * American Queen deals with high river levels, docks in Scott County - kfvs12.com * American Queen deals with high river levels, docks in Scott County – KFVS * American Queen Steamboat cancels docking in Henderson, newsr.in
New Delta Queen Legislation Now in House and Senate
July 13, 2015
Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman introduced S. 1717 on July 8 to exempt the Delta Queen from certain requirements for seagoing vessels, so it can once again operate on the inland waterways. Cosponsors include Senators Claire McCaskill (MO), John Boozman and Tom Cotton (AK), and David Vitter (LA). The new Senate bill 1717 is a companion to H.R. 1248 introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in March by Congressman Steve Chabot (OH).
The Delta Queen is currently undergoing renovations in Houma, Louisiana, to get ready for the cruise business.
Delta Queen Facebook page * brown.senate.gov * WTRF.com * cincinnati.com * bizneworleans.com * Columbus Dispatch * triblive.com * travelpulse.com * wn.com * myinforms.com * heraldstaronline.com (poll) * thenewscommenter.com * geosnews.com * newslocker.com * newstral.com * topix.com
Boat for Sale / Boat Model Restored
June 4, 2015
Big day at the Steamboats.com News Desk. The first breaking news story is that a genuine small steamboat named Tinkerbelle is for sale for only $25,000. Click here to see the boat. Here's one of the photos:
The other great news is that John Fryant has completed the restoration of the Delta Queen Steamboat model for the Cincinnati Museum History Library and Archives. click here to see the model and learn something of what went into restoring it. Here's one of the photos:
Latest news on the Julia Belle Swain
June 1, 2015
The Julia Belle Swain has been in dry dock in Dubuque, undergoing reapairs, and the LaCrosse Tribune published a progress report. The article, "Belle of the River: The painstaking remaking of the Julia Belle Swain," links to a photo of the boat with the wheel removed. That always makes this steamboat lover nervous, but I trust that they will put everything back together, and it will all turn out great. Prior to this renovation, the Julia Belle was out of use for some years.
Here's a 2007 photo of the Julia Belle Swain, by Dave Thomson, taken in her last season before going out of service.
From the Fred Way Directory: "This delightful excursion boat was planned and built by Capt. Dennis Trone [in 1971] and was christened by Julia Belle Swain Shelton [daughter of Capt. Percy Swain] for whom the original  boat of the name was called . . . The grace and charm of the boat has made her familiar to TV viewers as she appears in movies and commercials."
The Painstaking Remaking - lacrossetribune.com
Link here for more about the Julia Belle Swain at this site!
You can Support the Delta Queen through a Donation!
Donate now: indiegogo.com.
Watch a news spot on the Delta Queen: KATC TV, Houma, Louisiana.
Congratulations to the Belle of Louisville in the Steamboat Race
May 3, 2015
Congratulations to the Belle of Louisville for her victory in the Kentucky Derby Festival's Great Steamboat Race on April 29. The historic steamboat competed against the diesel powered Belle of Cincinnati. Our best wishes to both boats!
The Kentucky Derby website (discover.kdf.org/great-steamboat-race) lists the winning boats, going back to its first race in 1963:
1964–Belle of Louisville
1967–No race (due to high water)
1969–Belle of Louisville
1970–Belle of Louisville
1971–Belle of Louisville (by default)
1972–Belle of Louisville
1975–Belle of Louisville
1976–Julia Belle Swain (from Peoria, Illinois)
1979–Belle of Louisville
1980–Belle of Louisville (by default)
1981–Belle of Louisville
1982–Natchez (from New Orleans, Louisiana)
1983–Belle of Louisville
1987–Belle of Louisville
1988–Belle of Louisville
1991–Belle of Louisville
1993–Belle of Louisville
1995–Belle of Louisville
1996–Belle of Louisville
1998–Belle of Louisville
1999–Spirit of Jefferson (racing for the side-lined Belle)
2000–Belle of Louisville
2002–Belle of Louisville
2004–Belle of Louisville
2005–Belle of Louisville
2007–Belle of Louisville
2009–Belle of Louisville
2010–Belle of Cincinnati
2011–Belle of Louisville
2012–Belle of Louisville
2013–Belle of Cincinnati
2014–Belle of Louisville
And this year's winner: the Belle of Louisville!
Newly Restored Steamboat Museum Exhibit
April 28, 2015
The Keith Norrington River Room Exhibit is back online after months in the Steamboats.com basement workshop. The exhibit was spread out over about twelve pages, which was the style at the time when we only had dial-up. Now that everything downloads much faster on wi-fi it's all on two pages. Visit the Norrington Exhibit today! Link to it here! To get to the Howard Steamboat Museum, drive to Jeffersonville, Indiana, or click here.
Delta Queen Arrives Houma, Louisiana Today
April 7, 2015
This is a screen capture of an announcement from the official Delta Queen Steamboat Company (DQSC LLC) Facebook page, April 6. Also from DQSC FB page, April 7:
UPDATE: The captain of the JW HERRON has decided to hold up for the evening so that we can assure the safest passage for the DELTA QUEEN tomorrow through the narrow Intercoastal Waterway. This will provide the opportunity to the people along her final few miles to see her pass in daylight. She'll pass by Larose, LA midday and arrive in Houma, LA between 2:00 and 5:00 pm [April 7, 2015]. She will be docked off of Industrial Ave in Houma, LA. Please keep watching our Facebook page in the coming months as we will continue to bring you all of the action from the decks of America's favorite steamboat!
Twenty Year Anniversary of the American Queen
The amazing American Queen Steamboat celebrates twenty years this year. Festivities will take place all day June 12, in Helena, Arkansas. See: phillipscountychamber.org
Although American Queen was out of service for a couple years, the Coast Guard took good care of her in a mothball fleet in Texas. To learn more, link to the American Queen page at this site - click here for more photos and stories about the American Queen. More news about the American Queen: UK interest in Mississippi River Travel * UK interest. * lacrossetribute.com on summer tourism * Alton Daily News on summer tourism * vicksburgpost.com 5-26-2015 * vicksburgpost.com 6-11-2015 examiner.com * jetsettersblog.com * washingtonpost.com * travelweekly.com * jlctraveltourism.com * alkahouse.com * natchezdemocrat.com * msnewsnow.com * paducah.travel - AQ in Paducah for 4th of July * vicksburgpost.com * theadvocate.com - AQ 20th anniversary * oldtowncape.org - summer travel * telegraph.co.uk - AQ review
Photo by John Weise.
Delta Queen Leaves Chattanooga Today
March 22, 2015
This afternoon, the Delta Queen will leave Chattanooga, with her fans and well-wishers following after her aboard the Southern Belle. It's a new beginning for the Delta Queen, which is on the way to a ship yard on the lower Mississippi River. The Delta Queen will return to the cruise business next year.
The Southern Belle follows the Delta Queen as she departs Chattanooga. Screenshot from Youtube video by Jasminne. Other media coverage: DQSC, LLC Facebook: facebook.com/DeltaQueenSteamboat * Associated Press * Southeast Missourian * Youtube video by Nathan Chubbuck * misinformed blog post / facts thrown to the wind * Youtube video by Kyra Dobler * Chattanooga Bystander * Vimeo video montage from Chattanooga Times Free Press * Discus blog * editorial * myleaderpaper.com * Associated Press * Chattanoogan * WRCB TV * steamboats.org forums * timesfreepress.com * Tuscaloosa News * Pintrist - a purdy picture * workboat.com * Youtube - Cornel Martin interview + footage * Youtube - Channel Nine news report * Youtube - the Driving Blogger - 24 minutes * Youtube - by Beaver Vision - 24 minutes * travelpulse.com * nooga.com * newschannel9.com * mydailyregister.com (mentions) * heraldsun.com (mentions) * dqsteamboat.com (the new official website) * waterwaysjournal.net * ualrpublicradio.org * nola.com * arkansasonline.com * helena-arkansas.com * wwltv.com * thehayride.com (brief mention) * houmatoday.com * waterhousepr.com * professionalmariner.com * lanewsfeed.com * helena-arkansas.com * KATC TV * houmatimes.com * bayoubuzz.com
Delta Queen Begins Her New Life on Sunday
March 18, 2015
This Sunday March 22, the Delta Queen Steamboat will leave Chattanooga, her host city since 2009. After a full renovation, she will go back to work in the riverboat cruise business. Her arrival is anticipated for 2016. Her presence on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers will bring new authenticity to the rapidly expanding river cruise business. She will be a welcomed addition to the American waterways, beloved by passengers and all who see her from the shore, or from other vessels.
Here's a news clip about the anticipated farewell to take place in Chattanooga this Sunday: timesfreepress.com. Another article about the historic send-off planned for Sunday: chattanoogan.com. Follow the Delta Queen down the river on the Southern Belle, departing Chattanooga at 2:30 p.m., returning at 6 p.m. The Delta Queen will continue down the Mississippi River to a boat yard in the New Orleans area.
A New Model of the Delta Queen
March 12, 2015
Here's a video with a series of still photos showing the detail and amazing accuracy of Bill Johnk's new model: Dropbox Video Enjoy.
Tracking H.R. 1248 in the House of Representatives
March 10, 2015
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.
Sponsor: Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] (introduced 3/4/2015) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 3/4/2015
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 3/4/2015
Rep Gibbs, Bob [OH-7] - 3/4/2015
Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] - 3/4/2015
Rep Joyce, David P. [OH-14] - 3/4/2015
Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] - 3/4/2015
Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] - 3/4/2015
Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] - 3/4/2015
Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] - 3/4/2015
Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] - 3/4/2015
Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] - 3/4/2015
Rep Wenstrup, Brad R. [OH-2] - 3/4/2015
Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] - 3/4/2015
The Delta Queen in Chattanooga, after a February snowfall. Photo by Mark A Herndon - Lasting Vision Studio - Chattanooga. Visit the Delta Queen Steamboat Company online: Delta Queen Steamboat at Facebook.com.
Exhibits Updated at the Dave Thomson Collection
March 9, 2015
The main wing of the online Steamboats.com Museum, the Dave Thomson Collection, now has an additional ninety images. New parts of the collection include a special exhibit on the Becky Thatcher and steamboat illustrator Deal Cornwell. We invite you to visit the Dave Thomson Collection and look for the new jpgs. Click here to go to the Dave Thomson Collection at Steamboats.com.
Model Looking for New Owner
March 5, 2015
On Mar 5, 2015, at 5:44 AM, Ty B wrote:
Hello, I have a question. I have acquired a model that I have questions about. 1st its made of matchsticks. And a whole lot of them. Also a letter typed "with a typewriter" confirms model built 1970's around fort madison, ia. I believe he built it while in prison. Any helpful thoughts as too what it replicated, approx value, good place to try and find a good owner.
Its over 3ft tall and 40" long. With the original letter from the builder and the story behind it. Each room has furniture light etc. in it. You can see by looking in each window. The captains area has handcarved furniture ect.
Editor's note: William is looking for a selling price in the hundreds. If you are interested in this unique steamboat model, contact steamboats.com. We will put you in contact with William.
Save the Delta Queen Bill: H.R. 1248
Bill introduced: March 4, 2015
Statement by the Delta Queen Steamboat Company (DQSC LLC):
We are thrilled to announce that long time advocate of the DELTA QUEEN, Congressman Steve Chabot of Cincinnati, OH, has introduced new legislation in support of getting the historic vessel back on the rivers where she belongs! Please contact your Congressional Representatives urging them to co-sponsor House Bill H.R. 1248! Thanks for your support, and LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
Editor's note: For the latest news on the Delta Queen go to the official Delta Queen Facebook page - click here and "like" this page.
Media coverage: cincinnati.com * newslocker.com * cincinnati.com (opinion) * travelpulse.com
DELTA QUEEN STEAMBOAT
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Feb. 16, 2015)—DQSC, LLC (dba The Delta Queen Steamboat Company) a Delaware limited liability company, Tuesday completed the purchase of the Legendary Steamboat Delta Queen from TAC Cruise, LLC (aka Xanterra Cruise, LLC) a Delaware limited liability company.
The legendary Delta Queen began service as an overnight passenger vessel in 1927, carrying passengers, cargo and automobiles between Sacramento, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. After a brief period of service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the vessel was sold as war surplus to Captain Tom Greene, owner of the Greene Line Steamers of Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1946 to 2008, the Delta Queen operated as an overnight cruise vessel along many of the prominent river and waterways running through America's heartland, including the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Arkansas Rivers. Later on, the vessel operated as a dockside hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. from 2009 until 2014.
"My partners and I are thrilled to be taking this critical first step toward the preservation and restoration of this important piece of American and river history," said Cornel Martin, President and CEO of Delta Queen Steamboat Company. "We look forward to the day when the Delta Queen will once again be able to ply America's waterways and allow passengers to relive the experiences of Mark Twain and his unique cast of river characters from the decks of a true 1927 steamboat."
The Delta Queen is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is classified as a National Historic Landmark. The steamboat has also recently been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a National Treasure.
"Our goal is to have the Delta Queen return to cruising America's waterways in 2016 following extensive mechanical and hotel renovations," said Martin.
For more information, visit the Delta Queen on Facebook.
About Delta Queen Steamboat Company
The Delta Queen Steamboat Company was founded in 1890 and originally known as The Greene Line. The company's name changed in 1974. The company is made up of several long-time supporters of the Delta Queen steamboat. The mission of the company is to preserve, restore and return the legendary Delta Queen to overnight cruise service through the inland rivers of America's heartland.
Editor's note: we support DQSC, LLC, and their stewardship and ownership of the historic Delta Queen Steamboat. Following is a collection of media reports: bizjournals.com * nola.com * tennesseedaily.com * WDEF.com * Railway Preservation News * maritimematters.com * newstral.com * timesfreepress.com * chattanoogan.com * usatoday.com * bizjournals.com * wlwt.com * Twitter page * Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus * The Rural Blog * qctimes.com * qctimes.com * newstral.com * maysville-online.com * herald-dispatch.com * John G. Whitacre * courierpress.com (editorial) * thonline.com * travelpulse.com * tlgnewspaper.com * stltoday.com
Looking for Information on the Neosho
On Feb 19, 2015, at 8:34 AM, TKN Tony wrote:
I found this tag 2 days ago in Needles Calif with a metal detector. Needles is located next to the Colorado River which had steamboats traveling up and down in the 1800s and early 1900s. I've been searching for a steamboat by the name "NEOSHO" and have been unable to find any information. Wickipedia definition of "NEOSHO" is "clear water".. I would appreciate any info you could give me or guidance to this information.
So far the only results i've come up with is a military vessel of civil war era—that i believe went up and down the Mississipi river-but could easily be a later vessel of the same name. I have found other relics in this same area that do date to the 1860s.. Attached is a photo of the tag i found—tag measures 1.75 in across. —Tony Grazul
Editor's Note: if you have any info., please send it in, and I will forward it to Tony.
Steamboat River Queen, by Kinkade Studios
This beautiful Kinkade steamboat sailed in and landed in my inbox today. It's painted by Thomas Kinkade Studios, featuring Zac Kinkade (nephew of Thomas Kinkade). For more information about this painting, and how to buy a print, link to the brochure—click here.
Many thanks to Tommy & Tammy Ashker, owners of the Thomas Kinkade Inspiration Art Gallery, Memphis, for sending in this magnificent new painting.
Seeking Historic Information on Steamship Elizabeth Fedora
Editor's Note: Mr. C.B. Lewis contacted me in 2003 and 2005 to find information about his steamboat ancestor. He is now seeking information about the Steamship Elizabeth Fedora. If anyone has something to share, please send it in! I will forward it to him!
On Feb 1, 2015, at 10:03 AM, c.b.lewis wrote:
My great-grandfather was a riverboat captain named David E. Brown. His brother owned a steamship co. out of Bayou Sara, La. (his name was John Jackson Brown). David's steamship sunk near Cleveland, N.C. about 1876. He swam to shore but died of Pneumonia. I had seen an article somewhere of the Steamship Elizabeth Fedora going to Alaska. David Brown's wife was Elizabeth Fedora Horner. Any info. would be greatly appreciated.
As a teenager, I worked at a gas station in Baton Rouge, La. for Mr. Orie D. Stallions. He was a steamboat captain and his chief engineer worked with us also. Mr. Stallions was the youngest captain on the river. He had captained the Sprague. Heard many stories about Paducah and Cairo..etc........C.B. Lewis
Bayou Belle Sternwheeler Photos Wanted
On Jan 15, 2015, at 9:14 PM, M.W. wrote:
Hi I am looking for any information on the Bayou Belle Sternwheeler restaurant that was dock on St. Charles Rock Road in St. Louis or Bridgeton Mo. It burned down in the late 70's or early 80's.
Editor's Note: If you have a photo of the boat, please send it in! I will make sure it gets to Melissa. Following are the only two photos she has:
Delta Queen Life Preserver
January 7, 2015
Here at steamboats.com, we are just sitting around, waiting to hear the good news that Congress has a new bill to save the Delta Queen on the docket. Meanwhile, reader Carla A. sends in this photo. This item is currently available at an antique shop in Northern California, so if you want it, contact us immediately. Carla said she doesn't have anywhere to put it, but maybe you do!! Please join us in waiting with optimistic expectation to hear any good news on a new save the Delta Queen bill.
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