Historic Steamboat Up for Sale; Supporters Hope to See it Travel Again

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) -- Supporters hoping the historic Delta Queen steamboat will travel again say the the U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that is a step forward.

The measure and a Senate version would temporarily exempt the National Historic Landmark from a ban on 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 in recent years, has been docked in Chattanooga, Tenn. as a floating hotel.

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 has shown interest in buying the steamboat.

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