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Sternwheeler 'American Queen' and Her Passengers Visit Downtown Marietta
Posted on: 07/31/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
The American Queen pulled away from the Ohio River Levee late Tuesday afternoon, after its hundreds of passengers spent much of the day checking out the shops, restaurants and museums of Ohio’s first permanent settlement.

WMOA News spoke with passenger and local resident Dell Nicholas.  
 
“Oh, it’s wonderful. We love river travel. We’ve traveled the Delta Queen, the Mississippi Queen, the American Queen. Our favorite was the Delta Queen because it was smaller, and it just seemed more intimate, more genuine.”  
 
That’s a sentiment shared by many riverboat lovers. The Delta Queen was the oldest of the “Queens” but she is now permanently moored in Chattanooga because its structure no longer meets federal river navigation standards.    
 
WMOA News also spoke with American Queen Second Mate Braxton Lumford.  
 
“We started getting passengers off about 7:30 (AM) and they have buses that follow us around from port to port, and the buses take the folks around town with plenty of stops, so they can check your town out.”

And Lumford explains that passengers receive an itinerary before they disembark.  
 
“In the mornings, there’s the ‘River Times’ that the boat publishes. It’s distributed to all the passengers. It includes the history of the town and activities they can do while they’re in port. So a lot of the guests pick that up and take real advantage of the town.”
 
The American Queen returns to town twice this season, August 8 and 12. Learn more about the boat and her itinerary at AmericanQueenSteamboatCompany.com.  
 
Austin James conducted the interviews.
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