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    AMERICAN QUEEN QC shore stop

    The AQ was tied up at her QC landing at 7:35 this morning, a couple hours later than usual, but well ahead of her shore tour times. Considering all the low water perils she has encountered this past week, that was quite good. She is at a new landing, in Bettendorf, next to the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel. This dock was constructed with the idea that the QUEENS would use it, but until today they docked at Oneida St. in Davenport. This site is where both the DQ and MQ were to land abreast of each other back in the Grand Excursion. Fortunately high water foiled those plans. I say fortunately because this dock is right in the heart of the Rock Island Rapids, and had the DQ and MQ both been there, one would have been precariously close to the basically one-way channel. (Perhaps remnants of the DQ's wheel which was shattered on the rock bottom on another trip are still lying on the riverbed.) This landing is a couple of miles upriver from Oneida St. in Davenport, which was a nice flat mile walk into the quaint Village of East Davenport along the bike/walk path. This landing is a ramp and 100 yards or so away from the quaint Isle of Capri gambling boat and hotel. At Oneida, locals could get a great closeup view of the entire length of the boat - here casino security will stop them at the ramp well away from the boat.
    Here are shots from her approach and landing today, August 13, 2014:
    1) The AQ and the Isle of Capri casino, which is an actual boat yet. The marina was built as part of the casino deal with Bettendorf.
    2) the closest locals will get, and the ramp the passengers have to negotiate to get anywhere
    3) the arrival, which started at 7 AM
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    AQ QC arrival

    Rounding to at the Isle landing........
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      #3
      More AQ arrival shots

      Gingerly working her way from the channel to the dock.
      Departure is scheduled for 5 PM. If you watch that lock webcam, check it out about 5:45 PM...
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        #4
        Judy, why the change to Bettendorf? Oneida St was the perfect spot to land. Is this situation permanent? Certainly a bone headed decision if so.

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          #5
          Why the change?

          Greg, I don't know the reason, but I would gue$$ it is a financial con$ideration. It certainly i$n't a practical one - you know how handy Oneida $t. is to thing$. That ramp alone i$ a bad fir$t $tep for the pa$$enger$ to negotiate, and they have to u$e it to get to anything.
          I do remember when that marina and dock were built, that it was stated that the QUEENS would be landing there, and indeed in 2004 for the Grand Excursion, as I mentioned earlier, both the DQ and MQ were scheduled to dock there. But the high water delayed them and neither stopped here at all. I had to laugh when the casino security guy, who said they were early (7:30 as opposed to the usual 5, uh huh), said they weren't docking at Oneida St. because it was too shallow there. I just looked at him and said: Really? That close to the dam, which is holding the water for the whole pool? He had no response. I don't know what the water depth is there at the casino, but let's just say they came in VERY slowly and with quite a bit of smoke emanating from the starboard stack.
          The one positive thing I saw was the parking lot and manuevering space for the tour busses, much better than at Oneida.
          It is a corporate/hotel decision for whatever reason, probably made without much navigation officers' input, and hey, it protects the boat more than at Oneida from the riff-raff of the locals wanting to get a look at it - not board, just get a look at her. I'm sure their bookings on all cruises have such a long waiting list than they don't need to worry about public exposure any more.
          Greg, at least we were around in time to be able to enjoy the boats as boats, and run by people with knowledge of the term NCP (no, that doesn't stand for New Casino Parking).

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            #6
            In all fairness, maybe the city told the AQ that they can no longer land at Oneida St., and neither the boat nor office had any say over the matter. If it was indeed the office, well that decision does seems worthy of Majestic America, but now aren't all of the MAL holdovers all gone?

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              #7
              Don't know but...

              That is possible, not probable though. The QoM was at Oneida last week, whether that has anything to do with it or not. As I mentioned, when the casino marina and dock was built in the 2000s, it was the intention of the city of Bettendorf to have the QUEENs land there. It just took 10 years or so for that to happen...

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                #8
                the departure at 4:50 PM

                I had noticed on Facebook postings that the AQ appeared to have moved up on the dock from when I saw her. Look at this one and compare it to my early one - the brown shack was at the bow and here is midship. She did indeed move up 2 pilings, on orders from a 'higher-up' - whoever that might be! She left at 4:50 but still got beat to the lock by a double. The second cut was beginning so she didn't have a terribly long delay. This gave me the chance to get some shots from Arsenal Island, something previously impossible because it is directly across from the Oneida St. landing. She finished locking at 7 PM. She will return next Tuesday passing through unbound and stop here 2 weeks from today down bound.

                1) 2 pilings upriver from original landing spot
                2) getting ready for the I-74 bridge immediately below the landing
                3) backing out carefully in the Rapids
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                  #9
                  From Arsenal Island

                  I like sequential pictures...
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                    #10
                    and finally

                    1) entering Lock 15
                    2) Capt. John Boyle
                    3) Here's a fooler: is this at Oak Alley, Nottoway, Houmas House????
                    (we've got levees on the Upper too!)
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