Delta Queen in Demopolis, Alabama.
The Texas Deck.
The stern wheel.
Going up in a lock on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
Delta Queen wheel in the fog.
Photos of the Delta Queen by Nori Muster
From a distance, a steamboat looks like a wedding cake, each layer smaller than the one below. On the back is the paddlewheel, and on the front is the gangway called the "stage," which is long enough to reach from the bow to the riverbank practically anywhere she may stop.
The Forward Cabin Lounge, an authentic Victorian-era ship's parlor, serves as the waiting room for check-in and disembarkation, as well as an observation room while the boat is underway. The front fifty feet of the room is bowed and lined with fixed pane windows and Tiffany-style glass above the transom. The windows offer 180-degree views of the river, port to starboard and over the bow. It is a functional room with substantial decor, including round pedestal tables and wooden dining chairs, antique European couches, floral-patterned upholstery and carpet, intricate wood and ironwork in the grand staircase, and ornate wooden doors, columns, window frames, and cabinetry.
At the front of the first two decks are large, gracious outdoor sitting areas, furnished with rocking chairs and bench swings. These are favorite places to watch the scenery or observe as the boat goes through a lock.
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