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. 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.
The Delta Queen Steamboat Company is now owned and operated by a team of supporters dedicated to preserving the nation’s last authentic overnight steamboat.