Hopes are high for a Delta Queen return
BATON ROUGE- There's a hope along the Mississippi River that the sound of the Delta Queen's three octave calliope will pierce the air along the river.
Legislation has moved out of the U.S. House of Transportation Committee allowing the vessel to resume river cruises. The Delta Queen, built in the 1920's and made of wood, needs special permission to sail. Congress would have to approve the measure.
Natchez Mayor Butch Brown said it would be a "truly a phenomenal feat," if the paddle wheeler was able to return to service.
The Delta Queen made its final tour of the Mississippi River in 2008 after the federal government ended an exemption to the 1960 Safety of Lives at Sea Act.
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