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New owners await waiver for Delta Queen to cruise again

Apr 10, 2015 01:56 PM

A $5 million overhaul is planned for the 88-year-old paddlewheeler

Delta Queen is tied up in North Little Rock on the Arkansas River during a 2007 visit.

Courtesy Jeff Mitchell/Arkansas Online

Delta Queen is tied up in North Little Rock on the Arkansas River during a 2007 visit.

(HOUMA, La.) — The new owners of the riverboat Delta Queen plan a $5 million overhaul as they await a federal waiver to allow the vessel to cruise again, Arkansas Online reported. The 88-year-old paddlewheeler has been idle since 2008 after losing an exemption from the ban on wooden vessels carrying passengers. A bill has been filed in Congress to grant a new exemption.

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