Mississippi Queen (steamboat)

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Mississippi Queen (center), with the Delta Queen along her starboard side, moored at the Tall Stacks Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio in October 2003. The Majestic appears on the right.
Name: Mississippi Queen
Owner: Majestic America Line
Operator: Majestic America Line
Launched: 1976
General characteristics
Class and type: Steamboat
Length: 116 meters (382 ft)

The Mississippi Queen is the second largest paddle wheel driven river steamboat ever built. The ship was the largest such steamboat when it was built in 1976 by the Delta Queen Steamboat Company at Jeffboat in Indiana and is a seven-deck recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat now owned by the Majestic America Line. The company's American Queen is now the largest steamboat. The Mississippi Queen has 206 state rooms for a capacity of 412 guests and a crew of 157. It is 116 meters (382 ft) long, 21 meters (68 ft) wide[1], and displaces 3,709 metric tonnes (3,364 tons) [2]. The Mississippi Queen is a genuine stern paddlewheeler with a wheel that measures 6.7 meters (22 ft) in diameter by 11 meters (36 ft) wide and weighs 77 metric tonnes (70 tons). The steamboat also features a 44 whistle steam calliope, which is the largest on the Mississippi River system. In 2008 the Mississippi Queen was reported to be out of passenger service until 2009[3]. The Mississippi Queen was laid up in New Orleans at Perry Street Wharf after being gutted for renovation. The steamboat was sold for scrap in May 2009


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