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TravelHistoric 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again

18:31  05 december  2018
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ST. LOUIS - After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again.

President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and several other rivers.

The Delta Queen was sidelined in 2008 by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels. Both U.S. senators from Missouri — Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt — co-sponsored a bill to allow the exemption, which requires modifications to the wooden portions of the vessel, most of which are cabins and public areas. The hull is already steel.

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"Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in American steamboat history," Leah Ann Ingram, vice-president of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co., said in a statement. "This was the first big step in returning the Delta Queen to the waterways, where she belongs."

The Delta Queen began operation in 1927. Passengers have included presidents Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter. It served as a naval ship during World War II and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. is based in Kimmswick, Missouri, near St. Louis, but the boat itself is undergoing repairs in Houma, Louisiana. The upgrade will include replacing boilers original to the boat, along with generators, plumbing, the steam line and heating and air conditioning. The total cost is estimated at $10 million to $12 million.

American Song Makes Debut from New Orleans

  American Song Makes Debut from New Orleans The American Cruise Lines riverboat will operate on Mississippi River cruises throughout 2018 , joining the American Pride and Queen of the West paddle-wheelers on Snake and Columbia river itineraries when its sister ship, American Harmony, enters service in 2019.© American Cruise Lines PHOTO: The American Song is billed as the first modern riverboat in the U.S. (courtesy of American Cruise Lines) An inaugural date for American Harmony, which will operate on Mississippi River cruises along with the Queen of the Mississippi and America paddle-wheelers, has not yet been announced.

The company expects to begin three-, five- and seven-day cruises on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha, Arkansas and Illinois rivers in 2020. The Delta Queen is expected to visit more than 80 ports each year, including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Louisville, Kentucky, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again© Provided by FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, the Delta Queen riverboat is moored at Coolidge Park on in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2018, that will allow the historic 1920s Delta Queen to cruise the nation's rivers once again after a 10-year layoff. (John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)

Blunt said more than 170 jobs are expected to be created in Kimmswick, and cited the benefit of many of the cruises beginning and ending there.

"This important part of our nation's history will create jobs and strengthen our state's growing tourism industry," Blunt said in a statement.

New Orleans Celebrates Record Cruise Numbers From 2018.
Nearly 1.2 million passengers boarded cruises from New Orleans in 2018.

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