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Showboat Becky Thatcher probably gone forever

Posted 02-22-2010 at 08:35 AM by Franz Neumeier
The Marietta Register ( The Marietta Register Online - Web Extra: Becky Thatcher Sinks ) reports that the historic, 83 year old paddlewheel showboat Becky Thatcher sank on Sunday near Neville Island. Not much more information is available at this time except that a heavy snow load may have caused the disaster.
According to the newspaper eyewitnesses say they find it unlikely that she may be saved. The online article at the Marietta Register also has some - very sad - pictures from the Becky...
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Entertainer Charles "Chip" Saporiti passed away

Posted 12-30-2009 at 01:05 AM by Franz Neumeier
Updated 12-30-2009 at 02:28 AM by Franz Neumeier
We just got the sad news that long-time Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen entertainer Charles "Chip" Saporiti passed away on December 19 at the age of 52 at his home at Glendora, California. Chip's version of "Ol' Man River" will stick in our memories for ever, together with a memory of a wonderful singer and a great man. Requiescat in pace. See Chip's obituary for more details about Chip Saporiti's life.
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America Cruise Lines to expand

Posted 12-29-2009 at 01:55 AM by Franz Neumeier
American Cruise Lines has announced further expansion of their West Coast operations. Besides the purchase of the former Majestic America Line vessel "Queen of the West", which is supposed to run on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in 2010, American Cruise Lines said they'll announce further expansion plans to the West Coast in early 2010.
Fact is the addition of the newly built Independence to be completed in 2010 and speculations are that the company is also planning to operate either the...
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Delta Queen Crew Club recognizing former crew and passengers

Posted 12-07-2009 at 07:41 AM by Franz Neumeier
Delta Queen Hotel has announced the Delta Queen Crew Club, a program that recognizes the beloved boat’s most loyal fans by offering an opportunity to commemorate their trips and service with the purchase of a brass-plated nameplate.

Former passenger plaques will be engraved with the name of the passenger, their home port, the year of their first cruise, and the number of cruises they have taken on the Delta Queen. For those that served on the Delta Queen, plaques will be engraved...
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Belle of Louisville accident ends 2009 season early

Posted 10-18-2009 at 04:13 AM by Franz Neumeier
Updated 10-18-2009 at 05:07 AM by Franz Neumeier
The steamboat Belle of Louisville has been pushed into a drydock by strong winds on early Saturday afternoon. On board were about 300 passengers, several of them suffering minor injuries. The Belle of Louisville's paddlewheel crashed into a drydock of the McBride fleet near Harrods Creek breaking a few bucket boards as well as suffering damage on the jockey bar (which is the beam behind the paddlewheel that is attached to the ends of the cylinder timbers, holding the cylinder timbers in alignment....
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