The Delta Queen may not survive another harsh Chattanooga winter. WRCBtv.com photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
America's oldest overnight steamboat, the Delta Queen was towed from the Scenic City to Louisiana last spring for restoration.
The restoration is now complete, the next goal is to secure the Congressional exemption, that the Delta Queen needs to run again. In order to do that, the Delta Queen is asking for the public's support.
The boat was first granted an exemption in 1968 which expired. Exemptions were granted 9 times over the next 40 years until 2008, when the last one ran out.
The exemption effort has no expense. The legislation will not cost tax payers any funds. The Delta Queen is privately owned by a small business company, which announced in September, will be headquartered in Kimmswick, MO. The owners have agreed to make significant improvements to the vessel, including new diesel fueled boilers, which will run her steam engines, to replace the original boilers, which were surplus World War I boilers.
Legislation in the Senate is S 1717 and in the House of Representatives is Bill HR 1248. If you would like to be a part of bringing the Delta Queen back to Chattanooga, call your U S Senators and Representative today. For further information the company can be contacted toll free at: 844-668-4337