The time has arrived to say goodbye (for now) to the Delta Queen.
The historic vessel will get a send-off fit for a queen today. At 2:30 p.m., guests will ride the Southern Belle alongside the Delta Queen as it begins its journey to a new life (and renovations) in New Orleans.
According to a release form the Delta Queen Steamboat Co., the vessel will travel to New Orleans to undergo a full renovation before navigating the waterways again in 2016. Apparently, several cities are already interested in becoming the new “home port” for the Delta Queen, including Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Louis, Missouri; New Orleans; and Cincinnati.
Officials with the company also indicated that the Delta Queen will return to Chattanooga during the 2016 circulations.
Nooga.com took a final walk through the Delta Queen Friday morning. The vessel has been dormant since it was docked in Chattanooga six years ago as a floating hotel and tourist attraction.
Please share your memories of the “Grand Lady” in the comments section.
The current condition of the boat can be assessed in some of the photographs below. We offer the photos without captions.