The Hull The Steam Engine The Smoke Stacks The Pilothouse The Steam Whistle The Calliope The Paddlewheel The Passenger Decks The Landing Stage

Virtual Steamboat Model

The calliope of the Delta Queen
The calliope of the Delta Queen

A calliope is a steam-powered organ. The sound of this musical instrument is similar to the steam- or air-pressure powered organs you may know from the fairs. A calliope is a “must” on every steamboat.

The calliope on the mighty, old amusement and excursion steamers did part of the entertainment for the passengers and the waiting people at the landings.