End of an era for America’s paddle steamers

Paddle steamers have been used as river transport in different parts of the United States including the Hudson River in New York State and the Mississippi river in Louisiana.

In 1811 the New Orleans was the first steamboat to travel the entire length of the Lower Mississippi River from Ohio to New Orleans. More recently, although no longer in commercial use, the picturesque boats have been used for tourist trips.

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Photo by AP: The Delta Queen, America’s last paddle steamer

The Economist writes about the end of the line for America’s last paddle steamboat, which is due to cease operations later this year.

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Lucy (Liz) Chatburn
Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.
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3 Comments

  • David Cosgrove

    I worked for 3 years, in the 1970′s, on that beauty, the Delta Queen. She was an amazing symbol of an amazing period in US history. The fact that political infighting resulted in her being taken out of service is so indicative of the mean spirited, negative, self centered, immature and counter productive culture of American politics. Her travels along the inland waterways of America brought joy and pride to generations of Americans. Just the sight of her rounding a bend in the river or the sound of her steam calliope would bring entire towns to the river side to watch her pass.

  • This article and image are so nice about paddle-steamer .In 1800 century all kind of biggest transport was made by paddle-steamer. Today it is used for tourist. I travel in my country by paddle-steamer-rocket to visit forest and river.

    We have a fleet of century old paddle steamers in Bangladesh which are still in operation. They were built in the colonial period and still serving as a passenger boat. An overnight journey on those boats is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can check it here if you are interested: Paddle steamers in Bangladesh

  • This is good blog about paddle steamer and travel by it to tourist place. I already have noted some information form this article.In Bangladesh a paddle-steamer here to visit forest.

    We have a fleet of century old paddle steamers in Bangladesh which are still in operation. They were built in the colonial period and still serving as a passenger boat. An overnight journey on those boats is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can check it here if you are interested: Paddle steamers in Bangladesh