Steamboat Related Videos & Music

Delta Queen – Grande Dame of the Mississippi

Travis Vasconcelos – 2008 – ca 120 min. – $24.99 (plus shipping $7 US, $12 international)

Did you ever miss these wonderful Riverlorian talks when you came home after a wonderful Delta Queen cruise? Now Riverlorian (well, Discovery Guide as they call them in these days) Travis Vasconcelos has produced a well over two hours audiobook with all these wonderful Delta Queen history and stories to play directly in your CD player at home: “Delta Queen – Grande Dame of the Mississippi” tells the story of the great historic steamboat from the beginnings on the Sacramento River and her famous voyage through the Panama Canal to the glorious days on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

Because I Told You I Didn’t

Travis Vasconcelos – 2008 – ca 45 min. – $14.99 (plus shipping $5 US, $7 international)

Travis’ music CD brings the great sound of the river to your home, featuring all time favorites like the “Delta Queen Waltz”, “Aura Lee”, “Lady is a Tramp” plus 15 minutes of the great Delta Queen Calliope. Not being one of these offish, high-end Hollywood studio productions makes these piano and calliope recordings even more authentic.

Delta Queen 75th Anniversary

Eccentric Crank Productions, Herron Rail Video – 2002 – 60/90 min. – $19.95/29.95 (available as video or DVD-R)
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Fabulous video footage of the 75th Anniversary Cruise and first cruise of the Delta Queen for Delaware North Co. August 26-29, 2002. With lots of Delta Queen and steamboating history, wonderful historic film material for example from the Gordon C. Greene, Avalon, President, Admiral, the Greene family and of course the Delta Queen. Watch the speeches held for anniversary, hear a great, long interview with Delta Queen Master Capt. Mike Williams, experience a pilot house tour by “Toot” Maloy, let First Assistant Engineer Jeff Smith introduce the engine room, listen to the history talk by Clarke C. “Doc” Hawley and to some steamboatin’ stories by Letha Jane Greene. I’d recommend the longer version of the video as the history talks are longer – and they are really good.

Iron Crowns & Paddlewheels

Eccentric Crank Productions, Herron Rail Video – 2003 – 87 min. – $29.95 (available as video or DVD-R)
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A history of steamboats on the Mississippi & Ohio Rivers. It’s 87 minutes with great vintage film of riverboats from the 1920s to today. Most of these boats are long gone today. It has towboats, packets, excursion boats and ore, all of them steam powered.
The main program runs 52 minutes but there is extra footage of stern-wheeler towboats, Herbert Hoover’s trip in 1929, the boat “Gordon C. Greene” and even a small stern-wheeler built in 1999. There’s also a preview of “Delta Queen 75th Anniversary” so the tape runs a total of 87 minutes.

American Queen – St. Louis to St. Paul On the Upper Mississippi River 685 Miles 7 Night Cruise

Herron Rail Video – 2003 – 104 min. – $29.95 (available as video or DVD-R)
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Cruise the Upper Mississippi River from St. Louis to St. Paul on the world largest steamboat, the American Queen. Jim Herron is showing you around the magnificent American Queen including an extensive engine room tour. Lock through three of the 27 locks on the Upper Mississippi River and listen to a long interview with the American Queen’s master Capt. John Davitt. The shore stops are showing Hannibal (MO), Dubuque (IA), LaCrosse (WI) and Red Wing (MN). On his way back to St. Louis Jim Herron is following the American Queen by car visiting the new Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, the Geo. M. Verity Museum in Keokuk and the Buffalo Bill Museum featuring the steam towboat Lone Star in LeClaire. Added is some great historic video footage of the Lone Star.

Sternwheelers on the Ohio – Tall Stacks Festival 1995

Eccentric Crank Productions, Herron Rail Video – 1995 – 120 min. – $29.95
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19 riverboats in action at the 1995 Tall Stacks Festival in Cincinnati, OH.

Tested by time to become an American Legend – The Steamboat Delta Queen

The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. & Gerald W. “Jerry” Sutphin – 1997 – 65 min.

A phantastic history video about the Str. Delta Queen narrated by Jerry Sutphin with wonderful and very rare historical material including the Panama Canal passage of the Delta Queen. This video is an absolute “must have”.

Banjoes, Fiddles & Riverboats – John Hartford and the General Jackson

Opryland USA Home Video – 1991 – 45 min.

John Hartford talks about steamboat history, music on the river and a lot of wonderful steamboatin’ stories. The video was recorded on the General Jackson.

American Traditions Volume One – The Great Steamboat Race – narrated by Loretta Young

The Entertainment Group – 1994 – 50 min. – $24.95


Jazzou Jones: Riverboat Ragtime (High Water Records, CD) – 1998

Beau Inman & Lee Havlik: Light Off, Warm Up, Throw Lines (Inman/Havlik, CD)

CARP: Save the Delta Queen (EPIC, Single) – 1970

Whistles, Calliopes and more:

Sounds of the Delta Queen – Actual Recordings made on board the Delta Queen on the Upper Mississippi River (LP)

Whistle Echoes of the Ohio and Mississippi River Steamboats Vol. 1 (Master Artist Recordings, LP) – 1965

Whistle Echoes of the Ohio and Mississippi River Steamboats Vol. 2 (Master Artist Recordings, LP) – 1966

Steamboats A-Coming (National Geographic Society, LP) – 1976

Captain Clarke C. “Doc” Hawley: Steam Calliope on the Delta Queen (Master Artists Recordings, Single) – 1968

Jay Quinby & Billy Menke: Tunes of the Delta Queen’s Steamboat Calliope (Decca, Single)

The Delta Queens Carefree Calliope (QCA Records, MC) – 1976

Steamboat Natchez Calliope (Dixieland Music & Gifts)

Crazy Calliope Music featuring Margie Meinert at the Wurlitzer Steam Calliope (Fraternity Records, LP) – 1957

The Sea at Castle Hill – The Alexander Hamilton of the Hudson River Day Line (Droll Yankees, LP) – 1963