Wooden steamboat backers in Ohio praise House vote
CINCINNATI (AP) - Supporters hoping the historic Delta Queen steamboat will travel again say the U.S. House's Wednesday approval of a related bill is a step forward in the long process.
That measure and a Senate version would temporarily exempt the National Historic Landmark from a ban on certain wooden boats making overnight trips with 50-plus passengers. Both measures would need more approval.
The Delta Queen once plied the Mississippi and Ohio rivers but has been docked in recent years as a floating hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. Opponents say the wooden-structure is a fire trap. Supporters say safety improvements would be made.
Meanwhile, it's for sale. A New Orleans investor whose group hopes to buy the steamboat tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/18XN9VQ ) that Cincinnati tops his list of possible new homes for it.