Chris9017: Also Julia Belle Swain is being restored and will be back in operation real
I feel very lucky to live close to Disneyland and ride the Mark Twain River
Boat as often as possible, because these Paddle Wheel Steamers are
beautiful and majestic queens of the rivers.
SR722: @Plainzfyre Their operator, the Majestic America Line, ceased all
operations in 2008, and filed for bankruptcy. The Mississippi Queen was
sold for scrap, and the American Queen was dropped into the hands of the US
Maritime Administration, and put up for sale. The Delta Queen is currently
moored in Chattanooga as a floating hotel.
baritonebynight: @efrazier0217 I'll wait until the Delta Queen is returned to service before
I pull out my checkbook. The American Queen is pretty much propeller
driven. I would rathen they sell the American Queen for scrap and spend the
money in returning the Delta Queen back into service.
kevrevace: American Queen! I got married on her and had the best cabin on board right
next to the port smokestack which fold forward.
er10b: Seeing that on the river sort of reminds me of the rotting old riverboat in
the animated movie 'The Rescuers'
Dracapalley: That is one mighty boat.
T Duffy: So refreshing to see and get us through the winter!
efrazier0217: @baritonebynight I am on the Delta Queen every week and I want her returned
to service as well. The currently she is being cared for. Had she remained
in NOLA she would have been scraped before the Mississippi Queen. We need
to support the American Queen and the new boat queen of the mississippi as
the new owner is no doubt watching to see how they do. I think and this is
just me that if they do good and have a big draw he will be more inclined
to return The Delta Queen to the rivers.
efrazier0217: Thankfull the Amaerican Queen is underway to return to the rivers and being
restored back to her 1995 specs and colurs. I hope everyone who sees this
will look her up and try to take a voyage.
SR722: The American Queen, the largest riverboat ever built; unfortunately, she's
out of service now, along with the Mississippi Queen, and the Delta Queen.
parkerdonald1: eerie music and somehow fits to that spooky looking ghost boat.
sanddragon99: There must be some way to have these vessels preserved even if they are no
longer in business. Every time we scrap something this good we are actually
destroying Iconic heritage objects that may seldom ever be replaced.
baritonebynight: @efrazier0217 I emailed the American Queen Steamboat co to let them know I
would have booked a Cincinatti to New Orleans cruise if it was the historic
Delta Queen instead of the modern propeller driven American Queen that was
returned to service.
theshipman: That's the American Queen!!!! I'd LOVE to go on that boat!!!
doughesson: @sanddragon99 The American Queen(I think) is in Houston undergoing a
rebuild, the Mississippi Queen is laid up in NOLA & is supposed to be
cruisng again in a couple years.The Memphis Commercial Appeal announced a
plan for regular visits by both boats with overnight docking at a terminal
instead of on the cobblestones or boat ramps,which would take a lot of the
romance out of getting off the boat while making it easier on the older
folks enjoying their cruises too.
scott Foss: I really miss working on the MQ, but glad I had the opportunity to do so.
Sean Riordan: Was the sound coming from the A/Q or was it added...???
baritonebynight: Too bad she's not a sidewheeler
efrazier0217: The American Queen is in Beumont TX for sale for 15 milion and the
Mississippi is in Lousianna getting scrapped. There was no last minute
reprieve for her. If this person who says they own both the American Queen
and Mississippi Queen they need to check their boats. I have seen pictures
of the MQ and they are in the process of cutting her down to a barge. I
hope someone buys and returns the American Queen back to the rivers. Juts
don't look for the MQ as she will be returning as a barge.