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Delta Queen may steam out of Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

A national historic landmark may soon be on its way out of Chattanooga.

While waiting for a safety bill to pass The Delta Queen has laid off its entire kitchen staff.

Originally built back in 1927; the floating tourist attraction maybe relocating sooner than later.  

Xanterra Parks and Resorts is the company that owns the 90 year old vessel.  They are currently reviewing offers on the table from multiple interested buyers.

Leah Ann Ingram is the local operator; she is also interested in investing her own money with 20 other co-sponsors.

"They are awaiting to hear if the 'Safety Law of the Sea Act' renews," Ingram says.

"Her true meaning is plowing up and down the water ways of America," says Jenny Lemmon, The Delta Queens Assistant General Manager.

If the bill passes, the local crew will renovate and help relocate the Delta Queen to its new home base in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"She needs to be moving, there's only so long she can function tied up to the shore.  Her equipment is not designed to do what is doing," says Lemmon.

Lemmon believes the Delta Queen's visit in Chattanooga has approached the final stretch - and only hopes the owners off the boat will put money into renovating it so she can return to the Scenic City to visit.

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