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Old 03-30-2016, 11:01 AM
Phillip Johnson Phillip Johnson is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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Originally Posted by Judy Patsch View Post
One other bright spot: the whistle is still there. Phillip, in your visit this weekend, would it be prudent to store it with the other irreplaceable brass items???
Look closer, thats not the real whistle, but a fake (apparently a convincing one!). The DQ's famed Lunkenheimer whistle has been safely stowed away for a couple years now in a secure location, along with all of the other brass, gauges, signage, etc.

These pictures, while not flattering to the Queen's image show a primarily cosmetically poor condition, and the result of sitting in humid Louisiana. The very wood that has put the DQ in her current situation is also her best defense against mold. Unlike the all steel Mississippi Queen, the Delta Queen doesn't sweat during temperature swings like the steel bulkheads of the MQ (and even the AQ when she was in layup). The interior of the Delta Queen remains dry and free of mold and mildew thanks to the active ventilation we have working. The only areas where we have had to be vigilant on mold is the lower hull and crew quarters, but we have dehumidifiers running down there and have not had any issues. This is the same practice that was used before when the DQ was laid up in NOLA after 9/11, and so far is yielding similar results.

The wood rot along the edges of the decks is a result of wasted away deck drains that allowed any rain water landing on the deck to penetrate the wood structure. All of these drains were replaced last year and the areas around them renewed with new wood, sealed and painted. Now we're slowly getting back to addressing the damage caused by the rusted out drains. While she may not look pretty, our primary goal when the boat reached Houma was to seal her up and stop the leaks, and to that end we have been successful.

These images really speak to why we must continue fighting for the exemption, the boat needs to be able to generate revenue for herself so these issues can be addressed. The funds for the major restoration work needed are waiting, but won't be made available to use until the exemption is passed. Financial institutions need to know the boat can pay them back, and cruising with an exemption is how she can do that.

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