September 2008


Only one more remaining visit to Pittsburgh…

Pulling away from our landing near the ballpark at the mouth of the Allegheny River.

Pulling away from our landing near the ballpark at the mouth of the Allegheny River.

Looking back at downtown Pittsburgh and the point where the Allegheny River (coming in from the left) joins the Monongahela River (coming in from the right) to form the Ohio River.

Looking back at downtown Pittsburgh and the point where the Allegheny River (coming in from the left) joins the Monongahela River (coming in from the right) to form the Ohio River.

We are departing on a 10-day cruise down the Ohio River for more than 900 miles and then up the picturesque Cumberland River for another 191 miles to Nashville, Tennessee.
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Sunset approaching Emsworth Dam

Sunset approaching Emsworth Dam

I’ve added lots of new content to the other pages.

Read how you can help Save the Delta Queen.

Learn more about the Delta Queen’s struggles.

Learn how your House Representative voted regarding the Delta Queen exemption amendment in April.

Enjoy.

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Yvette and Jim Wenzel

Yvette and Jim Wenzel

Occasionally onboard the Delta Queen, we have cruise guests who must use a magical spell to squeeze historical costumes into their luggage. Visiting from Oregon, Yvette and Jim Wenzel sure made a stir in the dining room when they paraded to their table. Yvette was decked out in a gorgeous burgundy hoop skirt dress that she even designed. Jim was duded up in striped pants, a frock coat, vest, string tie, and straw gambler’s hat. Folks like the Wenzels sure do add a splash of flair onboard the Delta Queen and their fashions certainly contribute to the festive air of keeping history alive from aboard an authentic steam-powered paddlewheeler.

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Yesterday, the city of Maysville, Kentucky hosted a wonderful Save the Delta Queen Rally. Special thanks to Maysville Mayor David Cartmell and Duff Giffen, Director of the Maysville-Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

I was honored to be invited to address the crowd of about 100. A representative from Congressman Geoff Davis’ office shared his enthusiastic support to save the Delta Queen. A representative of Senator James Bunning also attended. Delightful music was provided by Saint Patrick’s Elementary and High School choirs. The members of the high school choir also wanted to share this message:

I am helping plan and host 27 of these events on behalf of Majestic America Line – one for every port of call the Delta Queen visits in 2008. But many other communities like Maysville have hosted their own events in support of saving the boat. What a tribute! Vicki Webster of the grassroots Save The Delta Queen campaign has been instrumental in helping to coordinate many of these events. There is another similar event scheduled at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, September 16 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. If you’re in the area, stop by. I’ve again been asked to speak to the crowd.

Don’t give up hope. Contact your Congressman and Senators!

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Here is a great editorial published in Huntington, West Virginia’s “Herald Dispatch” about Saving the Delta Queen.” Diane Mufson recently traveled on the Delta Queen and here provides great motivation for getting involved.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE.

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Here’s a link to a very nice article from the Vicksburg Post. CLICK HERE.

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