Bill

Bill

After completing her journey down the Ohio River and turning upstream into the Mississippi River, the Delta Queen began to battle against the river’s strong current. Downstream traffic also has the right of way, and the Delta Queen lost several hours of progress in having to yield to huge barge tows coming down river. I watched one tow go by with 25 barges under tow. That’s five barges wide and five deep. Since each barge is 35 feet wide by 200 feet long, that tow was 175′ wide and 1000′ long. No wonder the Delta Queen had to stop forward progress and move to the side of the river. 

After several such delays, the math just didn’t add up to making it the full 180 miles up the Mississippi to our goal destination of St. Louis. So, the decision was made for the boat to dock at Cape Girardeau, Missouri and bus the disembarking and embarking passengers to and from the airport a couple of hours away.

I sometimes find it an amazing reminder that even in this modern, technological world, Old Man River is still in charge.

The good side of the situation is Cape Girardeau, Missouri is a lovely little town, so the guests enjoyed a chance to roam around.

There is a beautiful bridge there at Cape Girardeau and I got this nice nighttime shot of the Delta Queen docked at the Cape Girardeau riverfront with the bridge lit up in the background. Enjoy!

Delta Queen at Cape Girardeau MO

Delta Queen at Cape Girardeau MO

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