Cincinnati Enquirer: Lawmakers want to save Delta Queen


Cincinnati Enquirer: Lawmakers want to save Delta Queen

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, and Rob Portman want to allow the Delta Queen to carry passengers on overnight trips on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, according to news releases from Brown, a Democrat, and Portman, a Republican. Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood and Brad Wenstrup, R-Columbia-Tusculum.

The 1966 Safety at Sea law prohibits wooden ships of a certain size— such as the Delta Queen—from carrying passengers on overnight trips. The Ohio lawmakers’ proposed bill would grant a 15-year exemption to this rule, which was standard practice until 2008.

“The Delta Queen’s legacy is rooted in Cincinnati and the city should play a role in her future,” Brown said. “Restoration of this ship would pump money back into Ohio River towns while returning the Delta Queen to Cincinnati’s Riverfront where it belongs.”

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