The last time I saw the DQ at a lock on her way down the Upper Mississippi was not long before her exemption was pulled thanks to James Oberstar. She appeared a bit tired at the time, but she also looked like a riverboat, not a behemoth cartoon caricature of one. If she finally gets a reprieve and eventually goes back on the river, I think I will add a trip on her to my bucket list.
posted on 04/01/2017 6:38:56 AM PDT
I am wondering if there was not a union issue involved.
When the Delta Queen employed a union crew getting the waiver
was never a problem. If my fading memory is correct, a new company purchased the Queen and took the crew non-union.
At that point all kinds of safety issues were raised and the waiver was pulled.
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