Today in Cincinnati we were glad to welcome some special visitors aboard the Delta Queen.

Vicki Webster

Vicki Webster

Vicki Webster is an energetic and wonderful lady who has committed her volunteered time and expertise to saving the Delta Queen from forced retirement. She helped arrange for a Cincinnati Public Radio producer to come aboard and do some interviews for a piece he is preparing. I gave Mike Martini is from WMKV 89.3 a tour and he interviewed the DQ Discovery Guide Mary Charlton and me. We look forward to a great piece from Mike and much needed attention to the Delta Queen’s plight.

Vicki also brought along another special visitor – Gordon Greene.

Gordon Greene

Gordon Greene

Gordon is the son of Tom Greene, the riverboat captain and owner of the Greene Line Steamers that bought the Delta Queen at auction from the Navy after her World War II service. Gordon spent many summers on the Delta Queen and has many very personal memories. He was interviewed for the radio feature and is involved in efforts to save the boat. He shared some great stories of riding the boat up once it was brought around from California through the Panama Canal to New Orleans. As a young boy, Gordon went with his father to New Orleans and had a true Huckleberry Finn adventure bringing the boat upriver to Cincinnati in 1947.

Gordon also was aboard the Delta Queen when he lost his father to a heart attack in 1950 at the age of only 46. Not all memories were pleasant. But the boat was his father’s dream and Gordon has a great respect for the significance of the Delta Queen. It was a pleasure to have him aboard.

I am working up more information about the Delta Queen’s history to be posted in the next few days HERE.

There will also be more details about the boat’s pending forced retirement and her legislative battle. Check back HERE soon.

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