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Copyright 2013, Darren Shell
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June 5, 2009
She’s a time machine, really. She truly is. I’m fully aware of this date and time, but I feel exactly like I did decades ago when I first stepped aboard her gorgeous bow. Her golden wood still shines like sixty years ago. Her white-painted railings are still perfectly kept. Even the antique life-preservers are immaculately well-cared-for, just like they were in 1949. Yes, she’s a time capsule for all to see. God, what a wonderful machine she is. I love her—I love her like no vessel that ever cast a line from shore.
The Delta Queen. She seduces my heart.
Today, much like the days of my early youth, I feel that same pang of love/lust for this old river ship. As my feet step from ramp to deck, again I feel exactly the same way I did back then. I feel changed. I feel twisted into a form even older than my seventy-six years. My time machine Queen has once again thrust me back in time, taking me to that special place—that wonderful time during late 1940’s when such a boat would have been ritzy and fun, but not out of the ordinary. She would have been vibrant and quaint, strong and beautiful—but not out of time-line.