The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race will be held this afternoon on the Ohio River, about two months later than originally scheduled. The Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati will race beginning at 6:00pm EDT. The race was originally scheduled for May 4 but was postponed due to high water on the… Continue reading Great Steamboat Race Is Today
An Ambassadors International spokesperson declined comment other than to say that the vessel is still for sale, but Robin Derryberry with The Delta Queen Preservation Foundation says her group’s plan to buy and preserve the steamboat remains active.
Save the Delta Queen had hoped to buy the vessel for daytime excursions and lobby Congress to restore its exemption for overnight trips.
A Cincinnati-based group called “Save the Delta Queen 2010” is still looking to buy the 84-year-old steamboat and resume full overnight excursions on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The excursions stopped in 2008 when the boat lost its federal exemption to fire safety regulations.
Spokesperson Vicki Webster says the group submitted a bid to the boat’s current owners to buy the vessel in November, and she hopes for a response this month.
The Delta Queen has been leased as a floating hotel in Chattanooga since June of last year. Its cruises were halted after a congressional fire safety exemption was not renewed.
Despite attempts to keep her sailing, the Delta Queen will soon take her final trip. She’s headed to Chattanooga, where a new caretaker will permanently dock her and turn the vessel into a floating hotel.
A group that’s trying to help put the Delta Queen steamboat back in service is turning to the White House for help. The 81 year old paddlewheeler was forced into drydock at the end of October because its longtime exemption to a federal safety rule was not renewed by Congress. Vicki Webster of the Save… Continue reading Delta Queen Backers Ask White House For Help
The Delta Queen steamboat docked in Louisville for what could be the last time Friday.
The Delta Queen steamboat will make what could be its final voyage to Louisville later this month. The vessel has competed against the Belle of Louisville in the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race each spring since 1963. However, Belle CEO Linda Harris says the Queen will likely have to dock after October 31 when… Continue reading Delta Queen To Make "Farewell" Stop In Louisville
The “Save the Delta Queen Campaign” will hold a rally tomorrow (Tuesday) along the Ohio River in Maysville, Kentucky in an effort to keep the 82 year old paddlewheeler in operation. The vessel’s future has been in doubt because of a legislative impasse in Washington. Over the years, the Delta Queen has received a routine… Continue reading Delta Queen Supporters To Hold Rally