One of the reasons for the law for which they are trying to get a federal exemption from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRcTij_ZpFc
There are a long list of other wooden ships that burned with large loss of life including Yarmoth Castle, and Morro Castle.
Nobody get forced to ride the delta queen. If something goes wrong, everyone there knows there is a little more risk than a modern ship.
Let people be adults and choose. I thought “choice” was the holy grail today.