Delta Queen Nominated As Endangered Historic Site.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cincinnati (AP) -- The historic riverboat Delta Queen has been nominated to become one of America's 11 most endangered historic places.

Landing on the exclusive annual list could save the steamboat from likely decay.

On Oct. 31, a congressional exemption that allowed the wooden boat to carry more than 50 overnight passengers expired.

Owners say the boat, which can carry 176 overnight passengers, can't survive financially if it can only carry 50 passengers.

So Boone County Historic Preservation review board member Don Clare nominated the Delta Queen for inclusion on the list compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The list raises awareness of preservation efforts.

Only six sites on the list have been lost in two decades.

The steamer is currently anchored in New Orleans.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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