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A visit to the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN 11 Dec 2010

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    A visit to the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN 11 Dec 2010

    Hey all,

    Just thought I would share my pics from a recent visit to New Orleans and the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN. Since I was parked in an area marked "Do Not Enter" and the signage all over the place made it known I was not welcome, I went in, took quick pictures and got out of there. It is a very sad scene down there on the Harvey Canal.

    Travis

    #2
    ...while I was there I noticed a few men in the engine room. They were moving what looked like piping and small engineering things forward into what used to be the Main Deck passenger state room area. Since I couldn't get close enough to take interior pictures (and felt is best to stay as incognito as a man with two cameras and a big van could under those circumstances) I have no interior pictures. I am assuming they are starting to part out the engine room...although I cannot confirm this as I was not actually IN there or ON the boat.

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      #3
      ....it was incredibly sad to see the boat in her current state of decay. She is almost totally black from the mold and there is rust all over her. I did notice the wrought iron work is missing off all the railings, the Paddlewheel Bar brass railings are missing, the wheel between the Mermaids is missing, lots of fittings and accessories like door knobs are missing. The boat is just a shell of what she was. Notice on the stern shots, the monkey rudders and hard over to the stb'd. She looks horrid!

      Lets hope she is either resurrected or destroyed soon. This is a HARD scene to look at...seeing the boat I watched from her launching to the end of her career rot away to nothing as the vultures pick her carcass of the last threads of meat left.

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        #4
        MQ decline

        She's even darker from the mold than when I saw her in November. While it is nice to harbor hopes of saving her, once you see her in person, you know her fate - I keep hoping its sooner rather than later to save some dignity. It sounds like the deed is finally being done, as there were no workers ever dismantling anything on my visits.

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          #5
          Why does mold grow on exterior surfaces? I understand mold growing on moist, unventilated surfaces like bathrooms, but why does mold grow on the outside of an outdoor structure?

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            #6
            Stand still for 10 minutes in New Orleans and mold, like cudzu, will grow on you.

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              #7
              A few more from January

              Took directions from Judy's posting, and it sure is starting to look like a ghost ship. Someone needs to preserve the entrance staircase signs for a muesum or something......
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                #8
                Broken windows, curtains blowing in the breeze...

                A few more. This was on a Saturday late morning, no one was around, and I did a quick run past. Best for photos in the early morning due to sun angle.
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                  #9
                  Different Boat, so what is the story behind this one?

                  Just about 2 miles north from the MQ along the canal..Looks like a former casino?
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                    #10
                    More items gone now...

                    Whoa, I just noticed that the pretty red and gold letters MISSISSIPPI QUEEN have been removed from the bulkhead - that's just a gray painted lettering now. Yes, I go over in the morning too to get shots. That casino boat was what the TP used in their article about the MQ going to be scrapped - they don't even know what she looks like. But this boat appears almost as soon as you get onto Peters St. along the canal. I guess they didn't bother going any farther. I don't know which gambling boat it would have been, not the first Boomtown Belle in the canal. I suspect it was elsewhere in Louisiana and was brought down into the Harvey Canal for whatever fate... The problem with saving those signs Richard, and I agree they'd be nice in a museum or private collection, is that you'd need a pretty good ladder and tools to 'liberate' them.

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                      #11
                      You find someone with a ladder.....

                      .... and if I can make it down again I'll bring the tool box. We just need someplace to safely store it (and other small but unique items) until it can be cleaned up and placed on display somewhere.

                      Serioiusly, there should be a way to get offical permission for a local riverboat museum or other group to remove and save a few items that have little or no scrap value. The biggest reason owners don't want people hanging around (other than liablity issues) is that they are hoping for full scrap value and any large metal removed tends to reduce residual value. Also, if someone removes something structurally imporatant some really interesting action could take place.

                      Originally posted by Judy Patsch View Post
                      Whoa, I just noticed that the pretty red and gold letters MISSISSIPPI QUEEN have been removed from the bulkhead - that's just a gray painted lettering now. Yes, I go over in the morning too to get shots. That casino boat was what the TP used in their article about the MQ going to be scrapped - they don't even know what she looks like. But this boat appears almost as soon as you get onto Peters St. along the canal. I guess they didn't bother going any farther. I don't know which gambling boat it would have been, not the first Boomtown Belle in the canal. I suspect it was elsewhere in Louisiana and was brought down into the Harvey Canal for whatever fate... The problem with saving those signs Richard, and I agree they'd be nice in a museum or private collection, is that you'd need a pretty good ladder and tools to 'liberate' them.

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                        #12
                        Scrap value

                        Getting the full scrap value for the MQ is getting harder the longer she sits and things disappear, although I assume the letters were removed by workers employed by the owner. But I still ask, why the wait?

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