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Guestbook Posting
November 6, 2008

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On Nov 5, 2008, at 4:09 PM, John R. Weise wrote:

As promised I'll be putting out a 2009 Delta Queen Photo calendar.I hope to have it completed & printed by the 15th of November. All the photos will be from the 2008 season. I did one four day chase in June & another two day chase in October plus seven other one day chases closer to home. All the photos are on the Ohio River. The cost will remain at $15 each which includes shipping & handling. See attached jpegs for the cover photo & thumbnails of all the photos to be included in the calendar, I took over one thousand pictures this year and blew up 132 to 8 x 10's from which I selected the 13 pictures included in the calendar.

At the present time I don't know if there will be any photo-chases in 2009. Obama who signed on to support the Senate Bill for the DQ's exemption has promised us all change & I can only hope that he (being in power) succeeds in changing James L. Oberstar's way of thinking about our beloved Delta Queen. Of course the biggest hurdle is getting a new owner for the Delta Queen. Hopefully that will still happen. The ball game isn't over until it is over so the calendar will be a reminder for all of that philosophy!

John Weise
5552 Dry Ridge Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45252
(513) 385 - 2381 email

Guestbook Posting
November 4, 2008

Name: rick schindler
location: valley forge, PA
I am researching an old decorative plate from early 1900's. It has a large steam boat and initial: NWSB,Co. Does anyone know of a steam boat company with these initials? Help much appreciated.
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November 1, 2008
The Delta Queen is on her last journey. Please call your Senators and U.S. Representative to ask them to save the Delta Queen. It all rests on your phone calls.

The Delta Queen's final schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 30 - Memphis, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1 - Helena, Arkansas, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 2 - Greenville, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 3 - Vicksburg, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4 - Natchez, Mississippi, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

On Oct 27, 2008, at 1:27 PM, Shirley Linde, Editor,, wrote:

We are with you 100% and in our website newsletter are encouraging people to write to their congress representatives. Note in the posting below that Barack Obama is with us ... so a vote for him should help with a positive outcome.

October 26, 2008
Delta Queen on CNN TV

Watch it here: CNN.

On Oct 24, 2008, at 2:27 PM, Tommy Hines wrote:

What do you know about the steamer Bowling Green on the Green River? I have a photo of the ship in 1919 and the bottom deck is almost under water. Just wondering what may have happened. Anything you can tell me would be great. Thanks so much.
Tommy Hines (email)

Oct. 7, 2008
What is Most Important?

The debate tonight, the economic situation? What is the most important issue facing our country at this time? I believe it is the Save the Delta Queen Campaign. Yesterday a reporter in Europe ("Field of Ruins," by Mario Roy, La Presse, Oct. 1) stated: "The United States' only intact power today remains its culture. But for how much longer?"

I can answer that question: November 1, 2008. Unless the House and Senate act this month, we will lose one of the most American of all American cultural icons: the Delta Queen Steamboat. Please call your elected officials in Washington and urge them to save the Delta Queen (Ask your two U.S. Senators to support Senate bill S. 3498; ask your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 3852).

Forty-two years ago, my father (Bill Muster) helped to win the first exemption from the "Safety at Sea" law, which would have killed the Delta Queen. Aside from the battle of 1970 with a dishonest U.S. Congressman, the Delta Queen has easily won an estimated six to nine additional exemptions. This is a Safety at SEA law, or a Safety of Lives at SEA law, whichever you want to call it, they are talking about SEA. Is the Mississippi River the SEA? Do they know something we do not know about the effects of global warming?

"As the last remaining authentic, operable riverboat in the world, the Delta Queen is a valuable part of our nation's heritage that we have a duty to preserve and protect for future generations. As she makes her final stops in Point Pleasant [Ohio, Oct. 7], I urge Congress to support this effort to ensure the Delta Queen may continue to serve the people of Ohio and West Virginia for years to come."

- Senator Barack Obama, Friday October 3

On Sep 30, 2008, at 7:30 AM, Travis Vasconcelos wrote:

Dear Friends,

The Save the DELTA QUEEN campaign is coming around the last bend in the river. We need your help now, more than ever!

Today Bill Wiemuth put together a wonderful video on the subject and posted it to It is my wish everyone who receives this email will take 3 minutes out of their day today and go to the site and watch this emotionally moving video today. It is important that this video get lots of watchers to appear on as many potential viewers screens as we can get please do it today!

Having been a crew member of the DELTA QUEEN for 5 years and having the vessel as part of my entire life, knowing this is the possible end scares me. Many people do not realize just what the DELTA QUEEN is. True, she is machine...a steamboat. Just like the thousands before her, she carries commerce. Unlike those storied historic vessels, she has lived on...past them all! She is the ONLY original overnight steamboat left on Americas waters. She is the last of her breed....she is the last of the Mohican's, if you will!

In these days of electronic instant communication and easy travel by road and air, we tend to forget the struggles of our forefathers as they did the same things on our rivers. They forged new trails, built communities, took the ideals of a nation from one ocean shore to the other. This happened in part because of the American steamboat.

Travis C. Vasconcelos
Former Riverlorian Str. DELTA QUEEN

Please forward this information to everyone in your address book to help get the word out...thank you!

Guestbook Posting
Sep 29, 2008

Name: Gary Ja.
Location: missouri
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