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Delta Queen Steamboat Company is the new owner of the Delta Queen

Feb 19, 2015

Eventually the purchase of the Delta Queen is finalized, contracts have been signed on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The Delta Queen Stemboat Company LLC is now the official new owner of the Delt Queen and is planning to get her back on the rivers as soon as possible – most likely in summer 2016.

There is still a long way to go until the Delta Queen can again paddle along the rivers with overnight passengers on board as she needs the exemption law from Congress and a Coast Guard certifcate of inspection (COI). But the first important step is done now.

Here is the full press release with all the details:

Delta Queen Purchase Finalized

The Delta Queen Steamboat Company, a Delaware limited liability company, Tuesday completed the purchase of the Legendary Steamboat Delta Queen from TAC Cruise, LLC (aka Xanterra Cruise, LLC) a Delaware limited liability company.

The legendary Delta Queen began service as an overnight passenger vessel in 1927, carrying passengers, cargo and automobiles between Sacramento, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. After a brief period of service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the vessel was sold as war surplus to Captain Tom Greene, owner of the Greene Line Steamers of Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1946 to 2008, the Delta Queen operated as an overnight cruise vessel along many of the prominent river and waterways running through America’s heartland, including the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Arkansas Rivers. Later on, the vessel operated as a dockside hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. from 2009 until 2014.

“My partners and I are thrilled to be taking this critical first step toward the preservation and restoration of this important piece of American and river history,” said Cornel Martin, President and CEO of Delta Queen Steamboat Company. “We look forward to the day when the Delta Queen will once again be able to ply America’s waterways and allow passengers to relive the experiences of Mark Twain and his unique cast of river characters from the decks of a true 1927 steamboat.”

The Delta Queen is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is classified as a National Historic Landmark. The steamboat has also recently been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a National Treasure.

“Our goal is to have the Delta Queen return to cruising America’s waterways in 2016 following extensive mechanical and hotel renovations,” said Martin.

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4 Responses to “Delta Queen Steamboat Company is the new owner of the Delta Queen”

  1. D.J. Benson Says:

    THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH FOR SAVING MY GIRL! I was raised on the Ohio and watched the Queen roll down that river for years! I was heartbroken when she was dry-docked as a hotel and feared for her.

    I cannot wait to see her on the Mighty Ohio again soon.

    Thanks again!

  2. Robert Morgan Says:

    We have long hoped for another cruise on the Delta Queen where we spent a week-long honeymoon. March 2nd is our 30th wedding anniversary. We look forward to a cruise for our 31st. Thank you for your effort in saving this beautiful piece of America.

  3. Zee Says:

    Interesting – can she be brought back to The Great Steamboat Race – where she belongs – vs. the non-steamboat that has been running in her stead since after 2008? Up to that point she had been there pretty much every year since the first one – 1963.

  4. carole matthews Says:

    She is on Tennesee River having passed mile marker 430.She is due to go through the Wilson Lock Sat March 28 an is being pushed by the towboat Herron. She is expected to be at the shipyard in New Orleans on April 2 2015 for several million dollars in renovations.Thanks an please applaud Cornell Martin New CEO of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co LLC who made this journey possible as well as many others.