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Delta Queen: Memphis to New Orleans

Oct 30, 2008

Here is the official schedule for the Delta Queen for the next couple of days which might be her last active days as overnight passenger steamboat on the rivers.

Don’t forget: We are not bidding the Delta Queen goodbye. We are sending her off to rest for the winter, while we continue the fight to have her exempted once and for all from a law that never should have involved her

Delta Queen at Anderson Ferry
(click to enlarge) The picture shows the Delta Queen on the Ohio River at Anderson Ferry near Cincinnati, OH.

The Delta Queen will arrive in Memphis on Thursday, October 30, for her final visit of the 2008 season. She is scheduled to come in at 8 a.m., but most likely she will be there in the early morning hours. Majestic America Line will hold a "Farewell Tribute" ceremony from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. On Friday, October 31, at 6:00 p.m. the boat will depart Memphis for New Orleans with no passengers and only a skeleton crew onboard.

At each of five more ports along the way, the Tribute ceremony will be repeated. The grassroots Save the Delta Queen Campaign and the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus urge everyone to come down to the waterfront to enjoy the boat’s legendary calliope and performances by the Delta Queen band and singers, but most importantly to rally in favor of keeping this quintessential American treasure in full operation.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 30 – Memphis, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1 – Helena, Arkansas, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 2 – Greenville, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 3 – Vicksburg, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4 – Natchez, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

On Thursday, November 6, the Delta Queen will dock at Oak Alley Plantation for a private onboard ceremony. Plans are still in progress for events in New Orleans when the boat arrives there on Friday, November 7.

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3 Responses to “Delta Queen: Memphis to New Orleans”

  1. Bob Says:

    Wake Up Congress! The time to act is now!

  2. New Orleans Ladder Says:

    Hi, Y’all,
    thank you so much for hanging with the Queen!

    We hung your post onto today’s Ladder and would like to be available for anything you need to promote during the week, as The Queen approaches New Orleans.
    Perhaps we can get something going there.
    If you do a daily post on her passage down the river, please email that to me so I can post it on the Ladder too.

    As an aside, I lived in Memphis 20 years before moving to New Orleans some time ago… and we used to sit on the bank with a bottle of wine and just look at that beautiful steamboat when she came to town. I had always dreamed of taking a trip on the Delta Queen, but alas…
    She is just as gorgeous at Port in New Orleans, like a jeweled hand in an embroidered glove.
    Sigh…
    Also you should get the book: “Inventing New Orleans, the writings of Lafcadio Hearn” http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/406
    He has a great steamboat story.

    Thank you again, and do contact us if we can help publicize the voyages of The Queen.
    Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

  3. Mansukh Vora Says:

    I have seen the Delta Queen’s final visit to Memphis. I am honored to be part of her last visit to Memphis. I will remember Delta Queen’s last visit to Memphis forever…