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7:55 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Wooden Steamboat Backers In Ohio Praise House Vote

CINCINNATI -- Supporters of the historic Delta Queen steamboat are hailing a House vote as a step toward returning the icon to its former glory.

For the past several years the Delta Queen has been permanently moored as a floating hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Credit preservationnation.org

That measure and a Senate version would temporarily exempt the National Historic Landmark from a ban on certain wooden boats making overnight trips with 50-plus passengers. Both measures would need more approval.

The Delta Queen once plied the Mississippi and Ohio rivers but has been docked in recent years as a floating hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. Opponents say the wooden-structure is a fire trap. Supporters say safety improvements would be made.

Meanwhile, it's for sale. A New Orleans investor whose group hopes to buy the steamboat tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that Cincinnati tops his list of possible new homes for it.