This is an important appeal to all John Hartford fans and steamboat enthusiasts that THE DELTA QUEEN is in dire need of your activism NOW to prevent her being sidelined over a technical safety requirement that was enacted mainly for oceangoing vessels and would needlessly remove her valuable historic and educational presence from the river.
There was an article in the Nov. 1st issue of USA Today (section D) about this, then an email came in yesterday from Don Sanders with information and youtube links to a short film which explains the dilemma and how we all can help out (see the following).
To understand the problem and find out how to help, view this excellent two-part short film on youtube:
There is more information available at
and there is a petition you can sign at
Let your congressional state and district reps know this awful loophole must be addressed SOON and that the consequences, if it isn’t, will be dire for the Delta Queen. This ship isn’t just a quaint tour-boat… it’s an incredibly important living museum of our American heritage on the river-ways. For all the folks who keep her running… a HUGE labor of love… and for all Americans who wish to have any idea of what commerce was like in the 19th century, lets do all we can to preserve it!