- Posted October 26, 2008 by
Pleasant Lake, Indiana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
All aboard the Delta Queen
DQ Chaser 2
This ‘hobby' of chasing the DeltaQueen has always been fun. Our reward was the scenery. For a long time we thought we must be alone at this hobby but over the years we found others waiting hours for that perfect shot, hanging on to pilings, climbing trees, balancing on rock ledges, wading out on sandy beaches, staring through lock fences, standing on empty boat ramps, looking out over 700 foot high bluffs. Saturday, east of Tobinsport, Indiana, we drove the narrowest one lane road we have ever been on just to find a spot where the rising sun was in the right position as she slid around a bend. We begged for and received permission to trespass from many landowners. We enjoyed talking to the people we met along the rivers. One early morning in 2004 in Sabula, Iowa we sat alone on a picnic bench when a gentleman came out of his home and asked what we were doing. We replied that we were waiting for the Delta Queen. He excused himself, saying he had to make a phone call. Twenty minutes later as ‘her majesty' slid through the narrow passage between the shore and the railroad bridge there were at least 150 onlookers. Jim Herron shared some of his experiences with us this weekend and we met some of his friends, one of whom had been ‘chasing' her since the sixties. We enjoyed meeting and talking to several steamboats.org members and even stood and chanted "SAVE THE QUEEN" with them Friday in Louisville. In 2007 we decided we had to take a cruise on her. Captain PT took us and our fellow ‘Lock Nuts' on a great trip up the Tenn-Tom waterway and the Tennessee River in really hot weather. We made some great friends, laughed a lot and relaxed. The DQ really is special. By the end of the week we knew the crew-members by first name, just as they did us. This year we took a trip on the AQ. Those crew-members were just as friendly. Many of you have correctly detailed the paths taken to be where we are now and who has led us here. Our opinions of our Congress and Majestic American Lines and their CEO mirror most of yours. We hope that someday soon that our national treasure finds an owner who will treat her like royalty. Our best wishes go out to the employees and crews of all the boats who have had to endure the current owners.
The first picture is from Friday, in Louisville. The second shows her coming out of the Cannelton Lock on Saturday morning, and the third is from the landing at Hawksville, Kentucky as she passes by Tell City, Indiana, on her way to what we hope is a short winter lay-up in NOLA. SAVE THE QUEEN!