New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
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Mississippi Queen Riverboat



















One of a handful of true steam powered, paddle-whell driven River Boats still in existence.

This photo was taken on an early Sunday morning when fog forced the Captain to land the boat on the shore near Audubon Park.

The River
Sun Dec 15 2002 9:34:24 pm

According to the "Riverlorian" the deepest part of the entire Mississipi River system is at Algiers. The river is relatively narrow there but carries a huge load of cubic feet per second which has driven the depth down to about 200 feet.

Think of that--200 feet deep! That's equivalent to about a 20 story building. And compare that to our Lake Pontchartrain which has some very deep zones (one near Lincoln Beach where the largest Tarpon ever pulled from Louisiana waters was caught) but has an average depth of 6 feet.

king fahd
His Majesty has seen several navigation books of the river, and that area is littered with several sunken ships, but the depth, current and murky water prevent any access to them.

Someone onboard...
An older fellow (most of the passengers were older ladies and gents than I, and I am not near young) talked about a Japanese ship that had sunk there and was never found. I don't know when this occured, but the boat's historian verified that this had happened.

I said a hey, hey, hey, hey, yeah
Sun Dec 15 2002 12:08:20 pm

Steamboatin' (as the Delta Queen Steamship Co.) calls it was great fun. VERY relaxing and laid back. Eat, drink, and be merry. Or go on shore tours, shuttles, or walks around the small towns visited.

Learned a lot about the River. Very interesting stuff. Would like to take another trip down the Mighty Mississippi to learn more. But next time would choose a shorter cruise--as Dorothy said, "There's no place like home".

Stopped at Oak Alley in Vacherie, St. Francisville (and learned about Bayou Sara), Natchez, Vicksberg, and Baton Rouge.