The Delta Queen is a sternwheel steamboat that is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The Delta Queen and her sister ship Delta King began service in the 1920s on Califorinia Rivers. During World War II, the ships were used by the United States Navy for duty in San Francisco Bay. In 1946, the Delta Queen was sold and towed to New Orleans. She began cruising the Mississippi River and its tributaries on a regular schedule, with cruises ranging from New Orleans to Memphis to St. Louis to St. Paul to Cincinnati to Pittsburgh, and many more ports.
My mother took a trip on the Delta Queen in October, 1965 and sent me twelve postcards from her trip. These are some of the postcards she sent me.
My mother took another (and different) Delta Queen trip in 1968. I don't have any postcards from that trip, but I was able to see the ship and go aboard when it docked in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Delta Queen continued its river trips for many more years. Although its continued operation was threatened by the Safety at Sea Law of 1966 that prohibited operating vessels with wooden superstructures in overnight passenger service, the Delta Queen was given a special Congressional exemption from the law in 1970. The Delta Queen's exemption eventually expired and the Delta Queen ceased operations at the end of the 2008 season. Since June 2009, the Delta Queen has been docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been converted into a hotel.
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