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Chris Degnan 07-13-2010 12:31 AM

Mississippi Queen
Any updated news on the Mississippi Queen being scraped in south NOLA?

Judy Patsch 07-13-2010 12:29 PM

A spokesman for the Asian owner who doesn't speak English(the owner, not the spokesman) recently told a steamboater that the scrapping is on hold temporarily as potential buyers have suddenly come out of the woodwork... I wouldn't get too excited over this, as it probably includes us on here who have talked about saving it... be practical and sensible: if someone with enough money to not only buy her, but to restore her to working order had been interested, they would have bought her before she reached this stage of deterioration. This is only delaying the inevitable...I hope scrap prices don't drop while he awaits a buyer! Of course if this current owner could unload her for a profit, I imagine he would. Then it would fall to the new owner to face the facts.

Ted Davisson 07-13-2010 05:52 PM

Str. Mississippi Queen Update !
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Greetings From The Harvey Canal ,
The Present Home Port Of The Str. Mississippi Queen !
As of yesterday , the " Remains " of the Str. Mississippi Queen are still in tact and she is still floating at her new " Home Port " , on the Harvey Canal !
Personally , I don't believe that the Ol' Girll will meet the Welders Torch from the simple standpoint of economics that she is still worth more to some one or to some company in her present state rather than in a heap of scrap metal .
The pictures will bear oout that although she is in no doubt a deplorable cosmeticc condition , her vitals and essentials are still in tact . Her hull is still OK , her engines are still OK and her superstructure is still OK .
Sure it will take some one or some company with the deep pockets and the intestinal fortitude to look past the faded paint , broken windows and debris to see her ultimat potential as a possible vessel of their own choosing ! I would just guess thast the new owners could very possibly turn the Str. Mississippi Queen into a Hotel/Casino/Night Club venue especially when you consider all of the attractions that the New Orleans/Gulf Coast region attracts . TIme will tell on a number of matters and issues !
Thats my best guess ! What is yours ??
Smooth Sailing !
Ted Davisson

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Chris Purdom 07-14-2010 11:19 AM

Would love to see someone salvage her engines and steam powered generator. Wonder if a wintering in MN would take care of her mold problem. Either way I'd think the abestos would cause problems with whatever way they try and take her.

Lee Bercegeay 07-14-2010 02:48 PM

I visited her several times in May/June. The prospective buyer was there yesterday according to my sources. It is my understanding that if he does buy her she won't stay in NOLA but Madison Indiana, as a hotel. And hey, thats fine with me! Anything to save my beloved home for 4 1/2 years. Not being a company employee with no rotation, I was on for almost all of the 4 1/2 years except for lay-up and the infrequent cruise here or there that I took off.
Lee Bercegeay - MQ photographer '90 - '95. Keeping my smokestacks crossed but understand reality.

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