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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