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Ted Davisson 04-29-2010 11:14 PM

Str. Mississippi Queen - SOLD !
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Greetings From New Orleans !
I have just received an e-mail from a close and reliable friend and some one whom has had his ear very close to the ground that the Str. Mississippi Queen has met her fate !
According to my friend , the Str. Mississippi Queen has been purchased and will be moved and sold for SCRAP ! Her engines and hull will be salvaged but her super structure will be SCRAPED ! The hull will be turned into a barged and no telling at this point will happen to the remains !
What an inglorious end to such a majestic vessed and what a shame that the " Powers That Be " failed miserably to take care of not only this vessel but the entire Delta Queen Steamboat Company has well !
I will report more details has they are sent me !
What A Crying Shame For All Of Us !
Smooth Sailing !
Ted Davisson

inactive user 02 04-29-2010 11:28 PM

Capt. Ted,

Just last week I heard another rumor that indicated the cost to remove the asbestos was cost prohibitive in her scrapping. Which is why she was still sitting at Perry Street. I remember all the interior panels were maronite asbestos. But, I thought they were all sealed up. I guess when they started the "refit" in 2007 someone noticed what they were cutting in to.

If the hull and engines are being salvaged, is there hope to think a new vessel could be built on that hull?

If there is a chance we will get a new steamboat out of this. I am all for it! I doubt that is the case and it is a pipe dream, I know! One can always dream, can't they? Imagine what Capt. Alan Bates could put atop that hull? What about the late Capt. Dennis Trone?


Mary Sward Charlton 04-30-2010 09:41 AM

Sad indeed. I meant to post pictures of the MQ, much like the ones Captain Ted just posted, from the ride-along I did with him in NOLA two weeks ago. But a slow modem while I was in Seattle foiled my attempts. What you can't see in the photos is how the black mold is so bad on the outside that it looks like smoke damage, and the boat continues to list badly. It nearly brought me to tears, and I had to turn away. Unbelievable that a vessel could be reduced so quickly to this, and we were powerless to do anything about it.
But let me add this: did anyone read Captain Ted's post about the [B]open flame being used on the DQ[/B]? Why no outcry? It's just a matter of time until we lose her, too--and I am astonished no one picked up on this!

Franz Neumeier 04-30-2010 10:05 AM

Mary, do we really need to feed Oberstar's concern about the DQ? No! She's safe, and if there is open flames on the DQ, them there are also fire extinguishers, sprinklers etc. in place. No reason to worry and certainly no reason to stir things up again. We need to save her, not to feed the concerns of her enemies! Please.


Greg Weber 04-30-2010 11:58 AM

Mary, Franz is spot on. While not the best case scenario, a grill on the texas bow doesn't worry me too much. Until relatively recently, open flame was to be found everywhere on Her Majesty. Sterno in the Orleans Room, and in the Texas Lounge, birthday candles, and smoking everywhere. I well remember leaving St. Louis and Chef Jackson discovering that he was completely out of sterno, no other means available to keep the "Sailing Night Buffet" warm! His solution was to keep replacing the water in the hotel pans with HOT water. It worked, sort of.

Bob Reynolds 04-30-2010 12:35 PM

Indeed. EVERYBODY used to smoke. While it was officially verboten, you know people smoked in bed. Sterno was used all the time. Prior to about 1971, the galley used open flames to cook.

Though I now live in a brick home, for years we lived in a frame house with a big wooden deck on the back. I never thought twice about firing up the BBQ grill, 10 feet from the back door, even in the fall with leaves blowing around. There's careful, and there's ridiculous.

inactive user 02 04-30-2010 01:12 PM

I looked on Bridge Cam on [url=]New Orleans, LA Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather -[/url] and she was still at Perry Street, where I left her 2years ago. I so hope this is not it. If it is....I have to remember a wise statement I heard just Wednesday night. It is so true here as well. "We had a good run, didn't we"?

If her time has come, we had a good run.

Through the tireless work of several hundred good steamboaters, the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN beat many odds and came out as a great steamboat, in the truest steamboat sense. We had a good run!

Don't forget, she was the last true steamboat. When she tied up at the Perry Street Wharf on the 5th of December 2007 to cool down for the last time she ended a run as the last totally authentic steamboat. She was the last to use her steam for everything aboard. The only diesel engines aboard her were for her bow thruster and emergancy generators. Her main generators and all other operations were entirely steam operated.

Today, historically speaking, I should be driving down Indiana 111 to meet up with the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN and follow her up to the Mc Alpine Lock and Dam. She would have already stopped in Brandenburg, KY today to let off the passengers who wanted to go to the Kentucky Oaks races at Churchill Downs. About 2 or 3pm she would amble into the lock and be raised into the upper pool. Then slowly she would proceed up Louisville and Portland Canal. She would come up into the Louisville harbour with her calliope playing and then a long, two shorts, a long and two shorts on the whistle later she woud tie up at the Louisville landing till Sunday evening, when her post Derby passnegers would board for the first spring trip to St. Louis. This always signaled the return to spring in the Ohio River valley....for several decades. We had a good run!

Its now all gone...there is no excitement on the river front today. No DELTA QUEEN will appear out of the fog tomorrow morning with her Derby passengers. The DELTA QUEEN and MISSISSIPPI QUEEN won't depart on dinner cruises after the Derby (a desperate attempt to get all their passengers back on board and accounted for)..followed by the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE as they ascend the Ohio River and come back to the landing round midnight. Those were beautiful times....I would spend the day on the landing visiting frends, fellow crew....We had a good run!

No "In The Good Old Summertime", no "Big Band Cruises", no "Civil War" cruises coming up this season. We had a good run!

Thanks to all of you who worked on her, worked for her, and made hers a life of creating magic for her passengers...."we had a good run"!


Mary Sward Charlton 04-30-2010 01:52 PM

OK, folks, I'll go with you on this one. I don't like it, though--we were so much more strict those last few seasons! It just made me wonder if their lease allowed it.
I'm glad I got to see the MQ one more time, even if it did make me sad. She was never my favorite--the DQ will always hold that place--but it should never have come to this place for her.

ed frazier 04-30-2010 06:03 PM

A sad day.
They say New Orleans is the best place to die and jave a funeral. It would be a nice send off if she could have a happy and classic New Orleans funeral, jazz band accompanied by the colliopes of the Natchz and Creole Queen. It would also be nice if her siaters could attend her funeral. Reminds you of relatives who are imcarcerated when their family membera pass on. MAY HER SPIRIT LIVE FOREVER. Might we be able to get her good boiler for the DQ?

Tom Schiffer 04-30-2010 06:28 PM

Mary: Propane can be wicked stuff but it is much better used out-doors where the wind can take any leakage away and dilute it below the threshold of ignition. Propane is heavier than air and can settle in low spots...especially indoors...and travel far in search of an ignition source. MISSIE was and is fueled by propane and only one fellow in nine seasons refused to get it based upon the propane issue. I asked if his boat was fueled by gasoline and he said it was. I said that gasoline fumes could also travel in search of an ignition source and he shut up and got in MISSIE at Rising Sun. All had a good safe time but it needs to be kept in mind what can happen. When you think about all the folks, some of them fools perhaps who pump their own gasoline EVERY DAY and the very few accidents that happen. I have SEEN a man pump gasoline into his van holding the nozzle open and stargazing while doing so. When I saw what he was doing he was standing in a twenty-foot diameter puddle of gasoline totally surrounding his van. When he saw he was pumping gasoline onto and all over the ground, he got in and calmly drove off. The gal inside the service (?) station said: "Well, what do you want ME to do about it?". She obviously did NOT work on the DELTA QUEEN! Cap'n Walnut

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