A Brief Summary of the Delta Queen’s history.


CALIFORNIA YEARS — The Delta Queen was built in California of the finest machinery and materials at an unbelievable cost of more than $875,000.


She made her debut cruise on June 2, 1927 and ran overnight trips between Sacramento and San Francisco for the next 13 years through the economic and labor struggles of the Depression. Her final California passenger cruise was Sunday, Sept 29, 1940.



From autumn 1940 to August 1946, the Delta Queen served the U. S. Navy as a floating barracks, a training facility, and troop transport in San Francisco bay.



After the war, the Delta Queen was put up for auction. In December 1946, Cincinnati, Ohio steamboat Captain Tom Green of the Greene Line Steamers became the new owner for $46,250.


Check back in for the next post as the Delta Queen prepares for a new life.