American Melody, the newest vessel in the American Cruise Lines fleet, will make a stop in Davenport on Sunday.
Davenport officials plan to celebrate the ship's maiden voyage with a band and a presentation at 9:15 a.m. at River Heritage Park, River Drive, Davenport. The vessel is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 a.m.
Mayor Matson will present books about Davenport to the vessel’s captain for its library.
American Melody is the newest modern riverboat in the country, according to American Cruise Lines. It is sailing a 22 day cruise along the Mississippi River, from St. Paul, Minn., to Natchez, Miss.
During this year, the 175-passenger vessel will also operate eight-day upper Mississippi River cruises between St. Paul and St. Louis, and eight-day lower Mississippi River cruises from St. Louis to New Orleans.
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Paddlewheeler on the Mississippi
American Cruise Lines' modern riverboat interiors - stateroom
American Cruise Lines' modern riverboat interiors - outside aft lounge
American Cruise Lines' modern riverboat interiors - atrium
As John Deere union workers mull their first strike since 1986, some report dissatisfaction with working conditions and their union representation. They also say they feel they are empowered by the company's high profits and a national labor shortage.
The last time United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) went on strike against John Deere & Co., they were out for 163 days, according to media accounts at the time.