of the River
Where have all the
A Long Time Passing
Capt. Jamie Donahue
Have you wondered lately why you have not seen the
Delta Queen, American Queen, or the Mississippi Queen
on our rivers? It is because the Delta Queen Steamboat
Co. has gone out of business.
The Delta Queen is now
a floating hotel in Chattanooga TN. The American
Queen has been turned over to the Maritime Administration
and is parked in a ready reserve fleet in Texas.
Mississippi Queen started a restoration project in
early 2007 and was pretty well gutted to make way
for new furnishings. Unfortunately, the company
ran out of money and it has been sitting in New Orleans
for 3 years collecting rust and mold. As of about
three months ago she was sold to a salvage company
and is scheduled to be cut up for scrap.
Barge Explorer, the other overnight vessel, has also
been given to the Maritime Administration and is
also tied up with the American Queen at the reserve
fleet. All are casualties of the current economy.
2006 Tall Stacks in Cincinnati Ohio, pictured below,
was the last gathering of all these stately vessels
and will never be repeated.
of Capt. Jamie Donahue
Capt. Jamie Donahue
Paradigm Yacht Sales
Donohue brings a lifetime of boating experience
to Louisville and Paradigm. His first income
from out of the home
came from washing boats at age 12. At 20 he was
restoring wooden cruisers.
For the past 20 years
Jamie has been involved in sales and construction
custom aluminum yachts and commercial Coast Guard
approved vessels at Pluckebaum Boats. With a Any
Gross Ton Masters license he has worked on the
steamers Belle of Louisville, Delta Queen, and
Whether you are buying or
selling a 12 foot jon boat or a 100 foot mega
yacht, let Jamie’s
50 years of boating give you the advantage. Contact
was contributed to this site by Paradigm Yacht
Sales, Louisville's largest brokerage.
looking to buy or sell a boat, you can reach
P.O. Box 1043
US Highway 42
Prospect, KY 40059