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VOL. 130 | NO. 177 | Friday, September 11, 2015

Delta Queen Lists Memphis As Possible Port

By Bill Dries

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The officials of the Delta Queen hope to have the vessel back in service in 2016 but must first secure a Congressional exemption to allow the vessel to return to the overnight cruise trade. 

(Delta Queen Steamboat Co.)

The legendary Delta Queen steamboat is expected to visit the Memphis riverfront with its probable 2016 return to passenger cruise service.

The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. listed Memphis as a port Thursday, Sept. 10, as the company announced its headquarters will be located in Kimmswick, Mo., south of St. Louis.

The circa-1927 riverboat came out of active river service in 2009 and operated as a dockside hotel in Chattanooga until 2014.

The company built around its passenger cruises bought the vessel in February 2015. The Delta Queen is scheduled to resume passenger cruises in 2016; a Congressional exemption for the boat is the last regulatory hurdle.

The boat will visit more than 80 U.S. ports annually.

Memphis is headquarters and the home port for the American Queen, the world’s largest steamboat. Beale Street landing also has seen this year arrivals and departures from other steamboats including the Queen of the Mississippi and American Eagle.

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