Nice clips Cop! Once I got in there, I had to click a few more on the right side. Thanks!
I have a certificate from the American Queen here, that certifies me as Vox Calliopus, "a duly Certified Calliopist." When you are on the cruise out in the middle of nowhere, one of the on board activities is to let anyone on board actually play the caliope. Photo op and they give you a certificate, which is written pretty humorously.
Can't figure out why only let me play in middle of nowhere and they wouldn't let me play when cruising through a big city...
Here is a picture of Doc Hawley playing the caliope in 1957 on the steamboat Avalon, now the Belle of Louisville. Such a youngster!
I've said this before on the forum but I'll say it again, my husband and I along with my parents took a trip up to Natchez and back on the Mississippi Queen (then affiliated with the American and Delta Queen) several years ago. It was a very relaxing, informative, and enjoyable getaway. It was also quite a bargain because we took advantage of a "special".
The advertised rates now for the American Queen are relatively high since the new company has taken over. If anyone is interested in taking a ride and is looking for a deal I'd recommend signing up for the email list at http://www.greatamericansteamboatcompany.com/.
Joined: August 24th, 2011, 4:59 pm Posts: 425 Location: High Desert Near Reno Nevada
Funny this subject comes up right now. I just came back from a week's visit with my (#1) daughter in Sacramento. During that visit we attended a champagne 25th Anniversary Celebration on the DELTA KING, sister ship to the DELTA QUEEN. It's 25 years since it was totally refurbished and became a floating hotel, restaurant, special occasion facility at the foot of Old Town Sacramento.
Requirements for attendance at the event were that you either had to be a former passenger on the trip between SF and Sac (11-1/2 hours in good weather) or you had to have been married on the DK. My daughter was married on the DK in March 1990. Since her husband is deployed, she asked to bring her parents. It was a great little fest with all the champagne you wanted, and never ending fantastic appetizers. Everyone was asked to take the mic and tell a little about their experiences. A great time was had by all.
A funny thing happened years before when the ships were seperated for the last time in Sacramento. The Delta Queen left with her own engines, for the Mississippi, as well as with the engines from the DK. I guess it was expected the DQ would be powering itself up and down the river for a great many years to come.
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