Dear Citizens of Grandview, Indiana,

I know you are all familiar with the steamboat, Delta Queen, which will visit Grandview on one of her cruises next year. Now the Delta Queen needs our help. Congress must pass a waiver before next year which allows the Delta Queen to continue to steam the rivers of America. Without the waiver the Delta Queen will no longer be allowed to carry overnight guests.

The Delta Queen is an 81 year old original paddle wheel steamboat, the last of its kind in America. She is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is proclaimed a National Landmark. She has steamed for over 60 years with a perfect safety record.

To lose this American treasure because of politics would be a tragedy.

Please write to your representative and senators, asking them to grant the necessary waiver for this beautiful piece of American history. You can read all about the effort which is ongoing to save the Delta Queen.

Respectfully,
Donna Morgan
Harrisburg, NC 28075

From USA Today

The Delta Queen, the nation's "last original paddle-wheeled, steam-driven, overnight passenger boat" appears bound for a forced retirement, The New York Times reports.

Congress has rejected a request from the steel-hulled, wooden vessel's owner, Majestic American Line, for a 10th exemption from the 1966 Safety at Sea Act. The act prohibits wooden boats from carrying more than 50 overnight passengers. The Delta Queen carries up to 174.

Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., who refused Majestic's request for an exemption in his position as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, cited safety issues.

"It's a revered and historic structure but it's wood," he told the Times. He denied a claim by Majestic's owner, Ambassador International, that the real issue is its decision to force the Seafarers International Union off its ships. "I can't imagine the number of lives that could be lost if a fire started on the Delta Queen when everyone is asleep," Oberstar tells the Los Angeles Times in an e-mail.

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, wants a 10-year exemption. "The Delta Queen is a national historic treasure, and I think it would be a real tragedy if it is shut down," he said.

The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships says the Delta Queen served in San Francisco Bay during World War II.

This website is devoted to saving the ship.
http://www.save-the-delta-queen.org/

Posted by Mike Carney at 08:13 AM/ET, October 26, 2007