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Stern-wheel paddlers on the mighty Mississippi River were to become an enduring image of the American Mid-West.

The Great Lakes, Hudson River and the east coast estuaries were to see some of the mightiest coastal passenger vessels of their time, mostly owned by so-called "Night Lines" and these ships, offering overnight accommodation, were generally side-wheelers.

She linked Memphis and West Memphis, across the Mississippi River, primarily as a passenger ferry but she also carried light cargo.

In 1927 after a rapid decline of traffic due to a shift to road transport she was sold to Mr C.

Much work was done on her hull in a restoration completed in 2010 and work is now takingplace on her superstructure, to be completed in early 2013.

She was renamed "JL Perry" in 1938 before getting her current name in 1945 when re-sold for moving coal for the Crucible Fuel Company Delta Queen Seen at Memphis TN in May 2003 in a photo by Jeremy Atheron kindly made available for reproduction under Creative Commons licence Share Alike Generic 2.5 which must be adhered to for any use of this image.

Built in 1971 by the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works at Dubuque, Iowa Engine second hand ex - City of Baton Rouge (1915 by Gillett and Eaton, Lake City, Minnesota)Owned by the Great River Steamboat Company and based at Lacrosse, Wisconsin.

Small stern-wheeler offering two-hour educational trips covering a wide range of subjects from may to October and based at Lambertville NJ on the Delaware River.

After the war she became owned by Mr JH Gorsage from Peoria (IL) who renamed her "Avalon".

At first sight, the United States of America would not appear to be a natural territory for the continued existence of paddlers, but the land which is credited with pioneering steam power, when in 1778, John Fitch sailed a small paddle driven boat on the Delaware River and in 1809 when Robert Fulton's "Steam Boat" sailed up the Hudson River to Albany heralding the start of the first commercially successful passenger service, retains a remarkably diverse fleet of vessels.

Steam ships were destined to become important in the westward expansion of the newly independent United States, taking passengers and goods to and from the interior along rivers such as the Hudson and Delaware.

Click below for details of the licence Hull and Engines built 1924 by Wm Denny & Sons, Dumbarton. Built in 1926 but facing her final season in 2008 (ending on 31/10/08) after the failure of the vessel to be granted her usual exemption from certain safety legislation by the US Coastguard Service.

Dimensions : 285 ft x 58 ft Final assembly and addirionof superstructure at Stockton, California Entered service on 1/6/1927 between san Francisco and Sacramento, CA. The new "SOLAS" regulations applicable from 2010 relate to fire safety in sea-going vessels providing overnight accommodation and require amongst other things the removal of inflammable material from the vessel.

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