I built this ship from two Adventurers sets: I used the boat from set #5975 (T-Rex Transport) and modified slightly to resemble set #5976 (River Expedition). The ship features a boiler, steering wheel and a metal-looking smoke-stack using column pieces in black. LDD file included!
About this creation
The Delta Queen was built in 1910 by the Octan Fuels Company for transporting supplies and empty oil barrels to it's many Oil refineries and pumping stations on the African coast. In 1914, World War 1 broke out and Octan's Egyptian properties were seized by the British for use to the war effort. This seizure included the Delta Queen, which was partially sunk in a 1916 accident in the Mediterranean. The ship was considered a loss and Octan was payed for it's replacement at the Great War's end. The wreck was bought in 1919 by a former US Naval officer named Jack Hawkins. He brought the ship up to the surface, repaired it, and started a business sailing cargo and customers around the Horn of Africa. He befriended adventurer Johnny Thunder during the 1921 search for the Re-Gou Ruby while looking for work in Alexandria. Johnny kept in touch with Jack, whom eventually helped Harry Cane (pilot extraordinaire and another adventurer friend) build a car for Johnny after his beloved automobile, the Scorpion Tracker, was lost in a sandstorm. They dubbed it the Treasure Tracker and gave it to Johnny after the Orient Expedition was over in 1924.
Ship Name: Delta Queen
Engine Type: coal with two propellers
Vehicle Configuration: cargo boat
Vehicle type: Costal / river (flat bottom)
Designer: Octan Fuels Company
Build Date: 1910
Builder: Octan Fuels Company
Current Owner: Jack Hawkins
Length: 10 studs
Width: 6 studs
Height: 14 bricks (top of funnel)
Top Speed: 15 knots (17 MPH)