Mississippi Queen

Mississippi River

The Mississippi Queen was built by Jeffboat Inc. in Jeffersonville, Indiana, from 1973 to 1975. Her owner, the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, says, she is "the fulfillment of Mark Twain's dreams". The Mississippi Queen was launched on November 30, 1974. Until her christening on April 20, 1975, in Louisville, KY, she was referred as "Hull 2999". She went into passenger service on July 20, 1976.

The Mississippi Queen is 382 feet long, 68 feet wide and has a height of 71 feet to the top of the twin telescoping stacks. There are 208 staterooms for a total of 422 passengers. The Mississippi Queen has the world's largest calliope with 44 gold plated solid-brass pipes, specially built for the Mississippi Queen.

Mississippi Queen at Cape Girardeau, racing the Delta Queen 

You will find more about the story of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. in the history of the Delta Queen. The Mississippi Queen went out of service in October, 2001, due to the bancruptcy of the parental company of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, the American Classical Voyages. Fortunately, the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. finally was bought by Delaware North Companies, Inc. and went back in service on May 7, 2002.

Majestic America Lone took the Mississippi Queen out of service end of 2007, planning to renovate the vessel but stopped this venture early in 2008. End of the 2008 season Majestic America Line decided to discontinue its cruise business. The Mississippi Queen has been sold for scrap and been dismantled in Pierre Part, Louisiana, by the end of 2011/early 2012. The bell of the Mississippi Queen has been saved and transported onboard the American Queen to Jeffersonville to find a new home in the Howard Steamboat Museum.

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