Captain Tom Greene’s widow Letha Greene wrote a wonderful book in 1973 titled “Long Live the Delta Queen.” She understood that the boat was a very special place.

On some trips, the place was jumpin’ till midnight; other trips, the crowd dispersed early and went outside to enjoy the cool evening breeze or a priceless moonlight night on the river. Others perhaps played cards, or read; everyone could follow his own inclination.”

Get ready to follow along starting Tuesday on the Delta Queen’s final cruise.