A Collage of signs supporting the Delta Queen
Words to "The Delta Queen Waltz"
One of the more creative signs.
Rep Chabot is a supporter of the Delta Queen-Unfortuantly, he was defeated for re-election in Nov 2008.
Rep Steve Chabot
Jane Greene, Daughter of Tom Greene who brought the Queen to the Mississippi in 1947
The Delta Queen Eagle-Nothing like it anywhere.
Bob Stevens-the Cruise Director and Banjo player
Our Captain Dugger
Captain Dugger and the Mayor of Cincinnati, OH
A Proclamation proclaiming October 21, 2008 as Delta Queen Day in Ohio and urging the exemption be granted.
The Greene children. They grew up on the Queen.
Bill Wiemuth thanks the crowd as we prepare to leave Cincinnati.
Captain Dugger, supervises the departure of the Queen from Cincinnati.
Capt Gabe Chengery plays the Calliope upon departure from Cincinnati
The crowd on the bank of the Ohio River
The old paddlewheel in Steamboat Park, Cincinnati, Between the Baseball Field, and the Football Stadium
The Weird Blue Condo Building-Cincinnati OH
Betsy, as we leave Cincinnati heading for Maysville, KY
Cincy and Phyllis entertain us. Both are former “Red Hot Mamas” on the DQ.
Our professional entertainers do their job. They were very good.
Fred Bishop. He has a wonderful voice, with a great range.
Phyllis and Capt Gabe enteratin in the Night Owl Society on the Texas Deck
What can I say, the Coast Guard requires it....
Our First Stop - Maysville KY
Maysville is the home of Rosemary Clooney - Movie Star and singer on Your Hit Parade.
Rosemary is the aunt of George Clooney. She is George's father's sister.
Main Gate in Maysville KY
A beautiful retaining wall in Maysville. About two blocks long with over 25 panels.
Rosie is the travel partner of Phyllis. Here they talk to the Captain
Rick, Betsy and Capt Dugger
Rick, Lloyd (Hotel Manager), and Betsy at the Captains Cocktail Party.
We arrive in Madison, IN
The landing at Madison, IN
More of the landing at Madison, IN
The sign says it all
We tried everything we could to save the Queen
Sometime I sit and thinks and sometimes I just sit......
A beautiful fountain in Madison, IN. This town was easy to walk and very friendly.
The Grand StairCase in 1928
The skylight in 1928 on the Queen
We arrive in Louisville, KY.
A wonderful stop.
We visit the Steamboat Museum
An old picture of the Queen
The Delta King is a B&B in Sacramento, CA
We are interested in the Sprague, because of the Riverbarge.
The Sprague was a tow boat, note the square bow. She sunk in 1905.
This original car belonged to the owners of the museum. It is fully restored by the Holman family and kept in a museum in MA.
Hank once restored cars for a hobby and was fascinated by the Haynes-Apperson
We get a running start and up we go....
A great knot display
This old mansion houses the Steamboat Museum. It is across the river from Louisville and is actually in Indiana.
Another crowd on hand to help save the Queen in Louisville.
Jerry Hays is a former Riverlorian on the Queen. The Wheel is the Belle of Louisville
The Captain of the Belle of Louisville holds the Antlers, the prize for the winner of the Derby week race between the Belle and the Queen.
This sign is inside the Belle fo Louisville. Although competitors, the Belle folks understand the history and importance of the Queen.
Betsy on the Belle of Louisville with the Queen in the background.
Two of four rudders on the Queen. Each weighs about 12,000 pounds.
The Queen stores extra paddles in case of breakage.
The crowd was large and supportive.
The calliope blasts out a tune. Can be heard for about a mile.
Betsy plays the Calliope to earn her “Vox Colliopus” certification.
We land in Grandview. The life of a deckhand is not at all glamorous.
And you thought your job was tough. It is 40 degrees outside.
One of the White squirrels in Grandview, IN
Betsy plays an antique harmonica with a megaphone attached to it.
The Antique harmonica.
The Queen at Grandview Park
Betsy plays with George and the Country Boys.
Lewis Hankins as Mark Twain
The Henderson docking area. Very steep hill up to the Levee.
Henderson is an Audubon town. Many statues here.
Spectacular Fountain in Henderson KY
It is Sunday, but the merchants know this is the last trip.
Henderson has a wonderful waterfront park
Again, supporters came to tell the Queen goodby in Henderson, KY
These are pumping stations, raised up to keep the pumps out of the flooding Ohio river water
Hank and Sue Cram of Washington State
Our friend, Lance Larsen, gets “sung to” by Cindy.
We have made it to Paducah, KY
Pakucah is the home of the National Quilt Museum. A fascinating place.
A Lewis and Clark tribute in front of the Quilt Museum.
Quite a good Deal...
Like so many river towns, a muraled wall keeps out the rising Ohio River
Paducah in 1873
They go on and on......
More crowds tell the Queen Goodbye. The people in Red are city officials.
Repairing a wicket dam......
Replacing a wicket in a wicket dam
Still has the Ironwood floor from Viet Nam
Note the Wall. It is not there now.
We made it to Cape Girardeau MO.....
One of the river Murals
King of Cape Girardeau
Watermarks on the levee wall. Look at 1993
The mural wall is long and impressive
Cape Girardeau is the home of Rush Limbaugh
Betsy holds up Rush
The wall was very impressive.
Again, ordinary people came out to see the last of the Queen.
Mo (Maurice) the best waiter on the river. A 28 Year veteran who lost everything in Katrina.
Our cabin Steward, Cathy
Maurice (Mo), a very competent and entertaining waiter-28 years on the boat
The crew of the Queen
The dining room staff
Kitchen Staff-they work on shifts around the clock
The Bar staff
Bill Wiemuth in his riverboat gambler outfit
The Captains Table in the Orleans Room is set for feeding the waiters and dining room staff.
A letter of thanks and a piece of the paddlewheel, signed by the Captain.
This is Bernard. He has been on the Queen for over 20 years.
On this night, rest of the crew serves the Waiters. This is Mo enjoying the fun.
Becky Larsen makes Mo disappear
Kathy plays the Dulcimer, she is very good.
Kathy and Dave Marra. Very talented musicians.
Dave goes into a trance as he plays.
We make it to New Madrid, MO
History of New Madrid and the earthquake of 1811
Betsy finds some very nice (and inexpensive) vests in New Madrid. (This lady makes the vests in her spare time.)
Steve is a forestry expert and gave several talks on conservation on the trip.
Cathy runs the gift shop.
Bill is the Explorer Guide. (Riverlorian)
Dressed for the Captains Dinner....
Dressed for the Captains Dinner-Rick and Betsy
Bernard rings us for the Captains Dinner...
Mo welcomes us to the Captains Dinner...
Betsy, Rosie, and Rick.
Lloyd and Betsy. Lloyd is the Hotel Manager.
Betsy and our waiters, Nate and Bernard
We thank the cooks....
This deckhand sang the most beautiful song he had written about the Delta Queen.
The Aurora effect when the calloipe plays
Mr Ambassador Lance and Becky Larsen. He won that medal for winning the Egg Toss on the Mississippi Queen. Highlight of his life.
The six amigos..The Crams, the Larsens, the Johnsons
Hank wore SPATS. He was the dapper dan of the party.
Michael, night watchman-28 years on the queen
Betsy hits the Midnight Buffet on Pajama night.
Make up your own caption here.....
I am speechless...
One of the midnight revelers on the last night.
Cindy Chengery, Daryll, and Phyllis Dale
Bill, Stacy, and Daryll get into the pajama spirit.
The Pilot House Tour. No Wheel.
Betsy and Rick in front of the Queen in Memphis, TN
Betsy puts her toe into the Mississippi at Mud Island, Memphis TN. This is a fascinating place.
Mud Island represents the rivers and the towns on the rivers. This is Memphis and Mud Island shown above.
This explains the RiverWalk at Mud Island
The rest of the story of Mud Island.
Even on the last day, people come out to “Save the Queen”
Picture of the Delta Queen and the Belle of Louisville racing for the golden antlers.
R&B Room on the Queen-the last trip.
Part of the Betty Blake Lounge-so peaceful and relaxing and historic.
The pen that signed the bill to “Save the Queen” in 1970.
More of the Betty Blake Lounge
How the legislative process works-only from pressure is anything accomplished.
This man caught this catfish and brought it to the DQ landing for all to see.
The final day and the people are still there.
The entertainers, Fred, Staci, and Bob do their thing.
Bill Weimuth makes a final impassioned plea to “Save the Queen” in Memphis, TN
Mary Green still guides the Queen through troubled waters.
Model of the Delta Queen on the American Queen
The Delta Queen paddlewheel seen from the American Queen upper deck.