The reformed Delta Queen Steamboat Company traces its roots back to 1890 when Gordon C. Greene and his wife Mary Becker Greene purchased a steamboat by the name of H.K. BEDFORD and operated it under the flag of the Greene Line Steamers. The family run business operated steamboats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers eventually entering the tourist trade until the late 1960’s. In 1974 the company changed names to the Delta Queen Steamboat Company as we know it today.
Following a succession of owners the company ceased operations in 2008 when the DELTA QUEEN was forced into retirement following the expiration of legislation permitting vessels of wooden construction from operating.
In 2010 a group of business people and preservationist combined forces with the mission of preserving the historic DELTA QUEEN by returning her to active, sustainable service along America’s waterways. See the individual bios below for more information about the Co-founders.