The legendary Delta Queen is the last remaining historical steamboat capable for over night cruises, though this is highly endangered - for details, see Save the Delta Queen.
The Delta Queen and her identical twin the Delta King - called the million dollar boats - were fabricated from 1924 to 1927 on the River Clyde at the Isherwood Yard in Glasgow, Scotland, (other sources claim William Denny & Brothers Ltd., Dumbarton, Scotland) and assembled that same year at Banner Island shipyard in Stockton, CA. The machinery was built by William Denny & Brothers Ltd., Dumbarton, Scotland. The paddlewheel shaft and the cranks were forged at the Krupp Stahlwerke AG, Germany. The boats were completed on May 20, 1927.
The Delta Queen is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
She is actually 285 feet long, 60 feet wide and has a height of 66'-5'' to the top of the smokestack. There are 87 staterooms for a total of 174 passengers.
Since the exemption for the Delta Queen from the Safety at Sea Act expired end of October 2008 she must no longer carry overnight passengers. From February 2009 the Delta Queen is located at Chattanooga, TN, to serve as a hotel and restaurant beginning in April 2009. Delta Queen fans are still working on getting a renewal of the exemption from Congress. For details see www.save-the-delta-queen.org.
Find the complete history and more details about the Delta Queen: Delta Queen History and Details
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