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Another Queen put out to pasture

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 1 - 2007

Delta QueenMajestic America Line announced late today that despite tremendous efforts by the company, many esteemed partners and thousands of previous guests, the U.S. Congress has decided that the Delta Queen should not continue operating on America’s rivers beyond 2008. Majestic America Line says it will give the Delta Queen a proper send off with celebrations on sailings througout 2008.

Built in 1926, the Delta Queen features a steel hull and a superstructure constructed of wood — a direct reflection of the designs of her time. Subsequent Coast Guard regulations prohibited wooden superstructures, but Congress decided more than 40 years ago to provide a special exemption from these rules for the historic Delta Queen. This exemption, which Congress had extended no fewer than six occasions, was set to expire in November 2008. Unfortunately, Congress didn’t take into account Delta Queen’s excellent safety record, its impeccable training program and the quality and experience of the crew. So, Congress chose not to include this extension on legislation. Without the extension from Congress, the Delta Queen will not be able to continue cruise voyages on the river.

Still no word on what’s next for the Queen after 2008.

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