The Mississippi Queen has been scrapped in summer 2011. We'll keep the information about the boat here as a reminiscense to a truely grand steamboat.
The Mississippi Queen was an ambitious project for her builder, the
former Delta Queen Steamboat Company. In the early 1970ies they wanted
to combine the amenities of a modern cruise ship and the charm of a
19th century sternwheeler. And in fact, the 422-passengers-boat,
completely driven by the steam powered stern paddlewheel, is a great
place for a relaxing, unique vacation along the rivers.
Larger than her sister, the Delta Queen, the Mississippi Queen still has a rather family-like
atmosphere and many passengers especially love the friendly and experienced crew.
She debuted in 1976 for America's Bicentennial.
The Mississippi Queen has elevators and handicap rooms. The most-loved
place for many is the fabulous, 2 decks high Paddlewheel Bar, where you have a grand view on the
The Mississippi Queen is 382 feet long, 68 feet wide and has a height of 71 feet
to the top of the twin telescoping stacks. There are 208 staterooms for a total of 412 passengers.
The Mississippi Queen has the world's largest calliope with 44 gold plated solid-brass pipes, specially
built for the Mississippi Queen.
The Mississippi Queen was built by Jeffboat Inc. in Jefferson, Indiana, from 1973 to 1975.
The Mississippi Queen was launched on November 30, 1974. Until her christening on April 20, 1975,
in Louisville, KY, she was referred as "Hull 2999". She went into passenger service on
July 20, 1976. The boat is part of the long tradition of the Greene Line Steamers, later the Delta Queen
Steamboat Co, then Delaware North and Majestic America Line. Since Majestic America Line went bankrupt, the Mississippi Queen was up for sale. in Summer 2011 she's been sold for scrap and has been scraped very soon after that.