in recent posts, I have been detailing the Delta Queen’s struggle with Congress to be allowed to continue to operate. To make matters worse, current owners have placed the boat up for sale. For many of us Delta Queen fans, these are really tough times. So let’s turn our attention toward the more positive aspects of this hallenging time. And there are many. This much to give us hope.

HOPE: INCREDIBLE SUPPORT

IS THERE ANY HOPE?
Absolutely. Following are a few things in which to take solace and a few terrific developments to fan the embers of your passionate hope.

INCREDIBLE SUPPORT FOR THE DELTA QUEEN
Corporate Events: Majestic America Line committed to host 27 events, one for every port of call during the Delta Queen’s 2008 season. These events provide an opportunity to thank the cities for the years of hospitality they have extended to Delta Queen cruise guests. The events also provide an opportunity to inform citizens about the Delta Queen’s struggle and encourage them to contact their representatives.

Onboard Awareness: Onboard talks and handouts inform cruise guests about the historical significance of the boat, its legislative struggles, and offers guests information about how to get involved.

Grass Roots Support: A volunteer group unified under the name Save the Delta Queen Campaign continues to promote awareness through events, media coverage, and Congressional lobbying. Many organizations and municipalities also have voiced their support:

USA Today, Nov. 1, 2007
“More than 100 cities and towns, mostly in Middle America, already have passed resolutions calling on Congress to extend the boat’s long-standing exemption to a 1966 U.S. Coast Guard fire safety rule.”

As an example, here is the recent proclamation we received from the City of St. Louis:

WHEREAS, the City of St. Louis is proud to join in paying tribute to the Delta Queen; and

WHEREAS, the Delta Queen is an American icon that has traveled the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers since 1927; and

WHEREAS, originally built in 1926, this world-famous riverboat entered service with Delta Queen Steamboat Co. in 1947; and

WHEREAS, without Congressional action, the Delta Queen – the last steam-powered stern-wheel riverboat offering overnight passenger service in the United States – will no longer be able to operate cruise voyages; and

WHEREAS, the City of St. Louis recognizes the storied tradition of the Delta Queen riverboat and extends best wishes for a successful 2008 season.

Now, therefore, I, Francis G. Slay, Mayor of the City of St. Louis, do hereby proclaim August 12, 2008, as:

“DELTA QUEEN DAY”
IN THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of St. Louis, this 12th day of August, A.D. 2008.

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