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story.lead_photo.caption In this September 2013 file photo, the Delta Queen riverboat is moored at Coolidge Park on in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. (John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)

ST. LOUIS — The historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again.

President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday to help the riverboat that was sidelined a decade ago by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels.

The new law includes an exemption that requires modifications of the wooden portions of the vessel, most of which are cabins and public areas. The hull is already steel. Both U.S. senators from Missouri — Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt — co-sponsored the bill.

The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. says the 285-foot-long vessel will undergo an extensive renovation before beginning themed voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha and Arkansas rivers in 2020.

The riverboat served as a naval ship during World War II and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.


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  • GeneralMac
    December 5, 2018 at 10:28 a.m.

    Arkansans should say, "Thank you, President Trump"

    I did.

    December 5, 2018 at 1 p.m.

    Finally We have a good thing that The Trumpet man did. Thanks Mr Trumpet Man,

  • RBBrittain
    December 5, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.

    For once, I agree with FakeGeneral. The underlying law, enacted way back in 1966, has a 100% valid purpose; but it should never have been applied to historic vessels like the Delta Queen. Those boarding it should be informed of the dangers of a wooden vessel, and to some extent even expected to assume the risks thereof; but to sideline the Delta Queen over those risks is to ignore history.

  • tngilmer
    December 5, 2018 at 3:16 p.m.

    A rare win for common sense in DC.

  • MaxCady
    December 5, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.

    I'm not getting on that bucket of bolts.