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Delta Queen heads to New Orleans for restoration

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A historic paddlewheel riverboat that has been docked in Tennessee for the last seven years is headed to New Orleans for a complete restoration.

The Delta Queen will depart from Chattanooga on Sunday for the trip, which is expected to last from nine to 14 days.

Leah Ann Ingram, part owner of the newly created Delta Queen Steamboat Co., told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1CEXN39) that the riverboat will be transformed back into a luxury overnight passenger vessel.

The Delta Queen was removed from waterways in 2008 when Congress declined to give it another exemption from the Safety Life at Sea Act. It became a floating hotel in Chattanooga until it was damaged in an ice storm in 2014.

Ingram says the boat's new owners are pushing for another congressional exemption and hope to offer cruises next year.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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