Friday, October 3rd, 2008


Yesterday, we were honored for the opportunity to host another Delta Queen Tribute Event in Marietta, OH. Mayor Michael Mullen and other city representatives visited the boat and enjoyed a tour. Delta Queen Captain Paul Thoeny presented the mayor with a plaque representing our appreciation to the citizens and city. Mayor Mullen presented a lovely proclamation supporting the Delta Queen.

Delta Queen Captain Paul Thoeny and Marietta, Ohio Mayor Michael Mullen

Delta Queen Captain Paul Thoeny and Marietta, Ohio Mayor Michael Mullen

Autumn is creeping in and it was a little cool and blustery. I guess this detered the crowds from coming down to the landing for the Delta Queen’s second to last visit to Marietta. Other events like last week in Paducah, Kentucky have drawn more than 200 citizens to the shore. Marietta is such a “steamboat” town, we had been hopeful of sharing our appreciation with a larger crowd. But the band, singers, cruise director and I forged on with our presentation, thankful for the 30 or so that did attend. It is disappointing to see the boat slip quietly unnoticed into the pages of history. Our Delta Queen cruise guests did fill the decks and enjoyed the presentation.

I find myself in a state of shock and denial that (without Congressional action) tomorrow will be the Delta Queen’s last visit to Pittsburgh and next cruise will include her final stops in Wheeling, WV, Marietta, OH, and Point Pleasant, WV. Such wonderful river towns. I hate to think about it being the last time we will enjoy each other. I can’t believe the Delta Queen has only four weeks remaining.

Please contact your Congressional representatives. Help all you can.

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You know, in this time of Congressional bailouts and financial scares and economic woes and as the election starts to get nasty and as the Delta Queen supporters fight to keep her alive as time is running out…

…it becomes very difficult to keep my spirit up.

And then I find myself walking along the decks, visiting with guests who share a love for this boat, savoring the first breaths of autumn, and then the sun sets with such a majesty that I am filled with joy and renewed with hope.

A Magical Sunset

A Magical Sunset

I am very blessed to work with this wonderful crew, to share a journey of discovery with our cruise guests, to explore delightful river towns, to savor the wonders of the river, and to be a part of these special days on the Delta Queen.

I will never give up hope that Majestic America Line will do the right thing as they approach the sale of this vessel and that Congress will do the right thing in allowing her to continue to operate.

The sunset recharged my hope. Thanks to Laura for taking the wonderful photo and for always bringing me joy.

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