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Thread: The Return to Service of the Delta Queen - documenting her journey

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    Morning Dale and all,

    Yep, Us steamboat folks have to be a glut-ten for punishment with a false sence of economic value as basic requirements. It takes dedication more than common sense to keep you steam up.

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    All interesting stuff Dale, but I think Russ was asking about the physical changes made over the years, not the expenses incurred. Russ, here are a few from my cruising days: in 1973 there were public restrooms on the top deck. In 1974 these had become B staterooms 313 and 314. There were 6 rooms without baths on the Cabin Deck, which were incorporated into adjoining rooms to enlarge them, probably after 1983. Skid Row on the Cabin Deck stern got the interior cabins added so that they had bathrooms, early 70s. After the 1983 season the small rooms on the Cabin Deck stern were converted into 2 large suites, at which time the 2 portholes were replaced by the 4 larger windows in the splashboard to allow the suite inhabitants a stern view. This is when the pop machine was removed from the stern too. Somewhere around 1990 the Officers Quarters on the forward end of the Sun Deck were transformed into several passenger suites, the Captain's and Chief Engineer's cabins, and the outer stairs to the pilothouse were added since the old center interior stairs were closed off. Of course, the new hull, the reconfiguration of the smokestack, the repainting of the fru-fru over the calliope, the removal of the unifon on the calliope, the stripping to the wood on the stateroom doors, changing the calliope console from red to brass, are also physical changes over the years since I started riding in 1973. The calliope was installed in 1960, the steam pipe to it and the fru-fru changed/added for the 1971 season, and on and on. This is all from my memory and of course there were other changes over the years prior to my time. I think many of these have been discussed on here over the years. You might check the archives for this topic.

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    Morning Judy and all,

    Thanks for the info. It is what I was looking for. Keep you steam up! Russ

    PS: for shipyard Sam - I am unable to open yo9ur private message? Email me using the address in the book I sent you. Thanks.

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    Russ, Judy and Dale: Judy has pretty well covered it as far as changes we see/saw on the DQ over the years. Iíll also add that the crew quarters were gutted and rebuilt during the 1970 or 71 layup. They went from bunk room style to two to a room, with air conditioning (well, what passed for air conditioning). The galley was completely redone at the same time. Many windows on the port side main deck removed in the 90ís. The stateroom doors being refinished to natural was a project of Harold DeMarrero; theyíre okay, but I really prefer the white doors. Yes, it all takes money, and while there have certainly been some lean years for the DQ/Greene Line, there were times the boat made money, too. I am not now, nor have I ever been privy to any of the financials, but for the company to build the AQ and the coastal boats says something as far as money goes. I know itís not all romance, but for the boat to have lasted since 1949, it had to have been making money for somebody, or else several different entities would have thrown in the towel.

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    *DQ changes/Cost of all*
    Steamboating, colleagues,
    Yeah, I was probably thinking more in the question above of the financial costs over the years. Interesting RE: all the external, internal structural changes, hotel department alterations. And you all above would know for sure. Somebody said once, "The DELTA QUEEN has been a work in progress since 1947." I can't remember who, but somebody mentioned years back [Could have been the late Larry Walker a DQ fan] about, "How much money do you think they've spent on the DQ in all the years since 1947." Yes, Bob, there were "lean years for the DQ/GREENE LINE." That happened when she was put on the Market by Mrs. Greene due to falling reservations. Other times, during lean years, those in the home GL office told of how they pinched pennies 'thinking' of the cost for an extra standing prime rib beef roast or two. Letha Greene mentioned to me, "I worried all winter leading into Mardi Gras about our reservations. The Mardi Gras trip indicated generally how healthy the year would be." I often wondered how she laid her head down at night for a full sleep without the DQ haunting her? There were also more than a few 'silent partner' investors in the GL than people knew in 1947. Thanks for the above.

    R. Dale Flick
    Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

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    Just read with pleasure the March 2019 S&D Reflector article by Phillip Johnson "Steamer Delta Queen Update" She is still a long way from the call, "all aboard that's coming aboard, all ashore that's going ashore"; but, things are moving in that direction. Watch www.delatqueen for updates.

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