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Capt. Dennis Trone killed in an airplane crash

Posted 05-05-2008 at 03:36 AM by Franz Neumeier
Capt. Dennis Trone, long-time river captain and designer of the Julia Belle Swain and the Twilight was killed in an airplane crash today in the afternoon. According to Associated Press his self-built, single-engine plane has crashed near Brodhead Airport in Spring Grove Township, about 30 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin.

Capt. Trone has been a highly respected marine architect and well known for designing and building the sternwheeler steamboat Julia Belle Swain (1971) as well as...
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Ambassadors to Sell Majestic America Line

Posted 04-29-2008 at 09:11 AM by Franz Neumeier
Ambassadors International today has announced plans to sell Majestic America Line. According to Joe Ueberroth, chairman and CEO of the company, the cruise boats will be operating the 2008 season. He also wrote in a press release that there are several "credible parties" interested in buying some or all assets of Majestic America Line, consisting of the cruise boats Delta Queen, American Queen, Mississippi Queen, Queen of the West, Columbia Queen and Empress of the North.

The other...
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Delta Queen exemption failed

Posted 04-24-2008 at 10:53 AM by Franz Neumeier
Updated 09-27-2009 at 06:08 AM by Franz Neumeier
Today the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill came on the floor for a vote. As a last ditch effort by Rep. Steve Chabot made a motion to recommit to add the amendment to the bill #2830 while it was on the floor. Unfortunately the vote was lost 195 to 208 votes against the Delta Queen exemption.

While this of course is disappointing, there are still some other options available to get the exemption. Please check by to find out how you can help supporting the...
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