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Tributes to the Delta Queen: Cincinnati, Madison, Louisville

Oct 16, 2008

The Delta Queen will arrive in Cincinnati on Tuesday, October 21 for her final visit of the 2008 season. Majestic America Line will hold a "Farewell Tribute" beginning at 4:00 p.m., with their invited guests arriving between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.

The boat is scheduled to arrive in Cincinnati at 9:00 a.m. and leave at 5:00 p.m., although most likely she will not depart until 6:00 or later. She will go upriver to Maysville, Kentucky, arriving early in the morning on Wednesday and departing at 1:00 p.m. She will then head back downriver to Madison, Indiana, where she is scheduled to arrive at 8:00 a.m. and remain until 1:00 p.m.

If you live in the Cincinnati area, or if you are a passenger arriving or departing on October 21, please come to the Public Landing with the biggest Save the Delta Queen sign you can come up with. Most likely the media will be there in the greatest concentration between 3:00 and 6:30 p.m.

If you can also get to Madison the following day (October 22), please go on over, and take as many people as possible with you.

At Louisville the staff of the Belle of Louisville and Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson will hold a party Friday, Oct. 24, to celebrate the legacy of the Delta Queen. A public ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. at the Louisville riverfront. The boat will depart Louisville at 8 p.m. Admission is free and family events will run until 11 p.m.

Not a "Good Bye"!

Remember: We are not bidding the Delta Queen goodbye. We are sending her off to rest in New Orleans for the winter while we continue the fight to have her exempted once and for all from a law that should never have involved her.


4 Responses to “Tributes to the Delta Queen: Cincinnati, Madison, Louisville”

  1. Robert Baitinger Says:

    Save the delta Queen if everyone is so worried about fire add more on board fire stations with hoses and add a sprinkler system. You can pump the water right from river a endless supply of water better than a lot of smaller communities

  2. Franz Neumeier Says:

    Robert, the Delta Queen actually has a modern sprinkler system. It’s the same type also used on the American Queen. Please check for a full list of the Delta Queen’s safety features.

  3. Randy Davis Says:

    It was my first day as a deckhand on the Delta Queen, and I was sweeping the head of the second deck. Captain Wagner walked up to me and just stood there, watching me, for a few moments. He was rigged out in all his gold braid and captain’s uniform, holding his jacket together.

    I smiled and said, “hello Captain.” He just stood there, looking me in the eye. Then, slowly, he opened his jacket wide, flashing me.

    Underneath his Captain’s jacket he was wearing a t-shirt, the one with Wiley Coyote strangling the Roadrunner. In his deep commanding voice he said, “beep, beep,” turned and walked away.

    Having worked on the Belle and the Delta Queen, and on the original crews of the Natchez IX and the Mississippi Queen, I’ve had more than my share of Steamboat Moments, but that one will always stand out.

    I pray Congress comes through with the exemption this time. I would really miss the Queen, and all the friends I made there. It was truly one of the best times of my life.

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