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Date: May 24, 2002 at 20:32:24
From: Nori Muster, [216.127.165.66]
Subject: Re: Delta King's "parts"

URL: Save the Delta Queen History


Hi Everyone,
Here’s a compilation of all the documents relating to the Delta King from my history index at
http://steamboats.com/deltaqueen.html
Simonton bought the Delta King parts and here’s the documentation:


Jan. 1964
Correspondence: Richard Simonton to E.J. Quinby regarding second boat ("Somehow I
don't seem to get enthusiastic about the President or any of those Streckfus
boats. . . I always keep coming back to the same thought or latent hope
that we might acquire the Delta King and restore it")

May 1964
Correspondence: Simonton to Leitha Greene (two letters) regarding his daughter's
marriage, the steamboat race and press coverage, buying spare parts from
the Delta King; to friends regarding steamboat race, annual meeting; to
media acquaintances. Fred Way to Betty Blake regarding media, steamboat race.
Hoover to Simonton detailing requirements to license the Delta King.

June 1964
Correspondence: Simonton to Quinby (two letters) regarding Delta King,
his travels and itinerary; to Fred Way (three letters) regarding Delta King,
old Delta King parts, DQ steering mechanism.

Sept. 1964
Correspondence: Simonton to Quinby regarding his travels and itinerary,
the Delta King ("I think it's too far gone and the end wouldn't justify
the means.").

Oct. 1964
Correspondence: Simonton to Fulton Shipyard regarding Delta King engine parts.

Nov. 1964
Correspondence: Simonton to Quinby (three letters) regarding Delta King
parts; to Greene regarding Delta King parts.

Dec. 1964
Correspondence: Simonton to Greene regarding Delta King parts.

Undated Document:
List of Delta King parts.

Simonton arranges to purchase engine parts from the Delta King in 1964,
but by the end of 1965 the deal remains unfinished, with the parts in
California.

Jan. 1965
Correspondence: Simonton to Greene regarding Delta King parts.

Feb. 1965
Correspondence: Simonton to Quinby regarding Delta King parts.

April 1965
Correspondence: Simonton to Greene (three letters) regarding steamboat
race, Delta King parts, DQ darkroom, his itinerary, Mississippi flood,
steamboat race (DQ wins). Greene to Simonton regarding Delta King parts,
darkroom. Simonton to Waterways Journal regarding steamboat race, Cairo incident, annual
meeting, building a second boat ("We have exhausted the possibilities of
converting existing boats to our requirements, and no boats exist which
would meet the stringent requirements and still qualify for the federal
subsidy."); to Hoover regarding construction of second boat; to acquaintances;
to Fulton Shipyards regarding Delta King parts. St. Louis shipyard to Simonton
regarding construction of steamboat.

Jan. 1966
Correspondence: Simonton to Greene regarding Delta King parts, new boat, etc.

Oct. 1966
News Clippings: Stockton Record, "Delta King Sale Delayed." (this is not about the "parts" but about the sale of the boat - I think that from here on, the documentation is about the demise and salvation of the King.)

1972
Air California, in-flight magazine, "Paddlewheels and Piracy" on Delta King.

1974
News Clippings: San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Days of the Delta King"

Sept. 1974
Correspondence on state of Delta King; trademark of name "Delta King"; othe legal; new boat calliope; new boat presenation, "Sister for the DQ "; new DQ movie.
News Clippings: River News-Herald &Isleton Journal, two aricles
on Delta King; Sacramento Bee, on Delta King.

Dec. 1974
News Clippings: Napa County Times-Herald, refurbishing Delta King.


April 1976
News Clippings: Stockton Record, "Muddy Waters Around Delta King Cleared - A
Little."

My records only go up to the 1970s, but I hope this helps.
~Nori


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