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Delta Queen opponents: What are your arguments?

Posted 06-26-2008 at 12:41 AM by Franz Neumeier
Updated 06-26-2008 at 05:43 AM by Franz Neumeier
Not even one single argument has been given by Rep. Oberstar or any other opponent of the exemption for the Delta Queen. Not one single precise and detailed argument that explains why they think the Delta Queen is a fire hazard. They just repeat the same lies and stupid comparisons with pre-Civil War boiler explosions, 747 aircrafts and other stuff that is far away from truth and reality.

I'd really like to encourage everyone, especially journalist working on a Delta Queen story, to...
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Full Head of Steam: Week of June 15-21

Posted 06-22-2008 at 01:52 PM by Jon Tschiggfrie
Merriam-Webster defines the term hooey as synonymous with nonsense, and lists its first written usage in the year 1912. However, the indomitable lexicographers failed to find the term’s origin. While listening to a calliope recording this week, I noticed that the lower notes on the instrument utter an airy “oo” sound, while the higher whistles screech forth with “EEE!” I therefore posit that the term’s etymology is thus: a disgruntled calliope witness, listening to the instrument some ninety years...
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Wooden superstructure disclaimer

Posted 06-22-2008 at 01:30 AM by Franz Neumeier
A small piece of documentation I'd like to share: Here is the required disclaimer from the Delta Queen tickets all passengers have to sign together with the Terms and Conditions in order to get on board. The part about the wooden superstructure not meeting all requirements for fire safeta is printed in bold letters. Here is how it reads:

If embarking the Steamboat Delta Queen, you hereby acknowledge that the wooden construction of the Delta Queen's passenger berthing areas prevents
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Full Steam Ahead: Week of June 8-14

Posted 06-15-2008 at 12:15 PM by Jon Tschiggfrie
It is an unusual force of nature that puts entire Iowan cities under eight feet of water yet keeps NOLA dry for days at a time. If this third week had a theme, it was, oddly enough for a steam calliope research project, Water Avoidance.

Penning this posting while northward out of Cape Girardeau, I’m given a chance to reflect on how oddly successful this week’s research has been in the South. Our itinerary took us through Springfield, Illinois and St. Louis on our way to New Orleans....
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American Queen, Empress of the North cruises cancelled

Posted 06-11-2008 at 05:16 AM by Franz Neumeier
Updated 09-27-2009 at 05:06 AM by Franz Neumeier
Majestic America Line obviously has cancelled all cruises of the American Queen departing after November 8, 2008, and for the Empress of the North cruises departing after August 2, 2008. Passengers are reporting that their travel agents did inform them about this fact this morning.

Update: Majestic America Line has confirmed the cancellation of the cruises, offering their passengers a full refund or rebooking with a 50% discount. A press release from the cruise line says "soft advance...
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