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The "Delta Queen Under a Full Moon" photograph was taken by me in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The world renowned Delta Queen steamboat is now moored in Chattanooga and is a floating hotel and entertainment site. She is touted to have logged over two million miles, carried over half a million passengers and is the only boat to be inducted into the National Marine Hall of Fame while still in service. The grand lady has entertained Presidents, foreign dignitaries and a multitude of celebrities.
The Delta Queen and her identical twin the Delta King - called the million dollar boats - were fabricated from 1924 to 1927 on the River Clyde at the William Denny & Brothers Ltd., in California Dumbarton, Scotland and assembled that same year at Banner Island Shipyard in Stockton. The machinery was built by William Denny & Brothers Ltd., Dumbarton, Scotland. The paddlewheel shaft and the cranks were forged at Krupp Stahlwerke AG, Germany. The boats were completed on May 20, 1927.
Pearl Harbor brought a turn in the fate of the boats. The Delta Queen and the Delta King rushed back into Navy service as emergency hospital transports. During the founding conference of the United Nations from April 25 to June 26, 1945, the Delta Queen took delegates of the 51 gathered nations on sightseeing trips around San Francisco Bay.
The Delta Queen is 285 feet long, 58 feet wide, and draws 11.5 feet. She weighs 1,650 tons, with a capacity of 176 passengers. Her cross-compounded steam engines generate 2,000 indicated horsepower (1,500 kW), powering a stern-mounted paddlewheel.
Both boats had their last regular runs on September 29, 1940, the closing day of the Golden Gate International Exposition or world fair on Treasure Island.
On February 11, 2009, the Delta Queen arrived in Chattanooga. Under lease to Chattanooga businessman Harry Phillips, she's now docked at Coolidge Park Landing on Chattanooga's North Shore. The Delta Queen Hotel officially opened for overnight guests on June 5, 2009, offering dining, a lounge, live period music and theatrical performances. In this photo, you can see one of the wonderful downtown bridges lit up in the background and a cloudy sky with a full moon. The Walnut Street Bridge is the bridge in view, I believe. At a 2,376 foot span, it is known as one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges and is on the National Register of Historic Places as of February 23, 1990.
April 10th, 2013
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