The Delta Queen, built in 1926, is the last remaining authentic link to our country’s 200-year tradition of passenger steamboat transportation. Listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1989, The Delta Queen’s original interior features include Tiffany-style stained glass windows, hardwood paneling, brass fittings, and a grand staircase crowned by a crystal chandelier. She also retains her original system of engines and boilers, though many have been upgraded or replaced to maintain the boat’s functionality.
Unfortunately, in 2008, the Delta Queen’s grandfathered status from a law that prohibits wooden boats from carrying overnight passengers expired. Her inability to provide overnight cruises posed a critical challenge.
Congress granted the Delta Queen a reprieve from this law from 1968 until 2008; without this protection, the ship’s financial viability and historic integrity was called into question. As one of the final legislative acts of the 115th Congress, the House and Senate passed and the President signed legislation in December 2018 that included language reinstating the Delta Queen’s longstanding grandfathered status, which will allow her the opportunity to return to overnight passenger service. After substantial repairs are complete, we look forward to seeing the Delta Queen ply America's great waterways once again.
- Pass federal legislation that would reinstate the Delta Queen’s longstanding grandfathered status and allow her to return to overnight cruising
- Support efforts to provide long-term protection for the Delta Queen’s historic integrity
Help the Delta Queen, America’s last historic overnight passenger steamboat, reestablish her grandfathered status allowing her to once again sail the Mississippi River, and support efforts to provide long-term protection for the boat’s historic integrity.
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