UPDATE: Delta Queen will sail again

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Delta Queen will sail again.

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Monday, allowing the iconic steamboat to again cruise along the Ohio and other American rivers.

The Delta Queen is the nation's last authentic overnight steamboat. It has been retired for nearly a decade.

In 2008, she was forced to halt service when its exemption from the 1966 Safety of Life at Sea Act expired.

Owners of the beloved ship say the Delta Queen will sail again. Themed voyages could begin as early as 2020 on the Ohio River and beyond.

A bill approved Tuesday by the U.S. House will allow the Delta Queen Steamboat, which has previously traveled on the Ohio River, to return to service for the first time since 2008, if President Trump signs the bill.

The U.S. House late Tuesday approved the Coast Guard Authorization Bill, which includes language reinstating an exemption allowing the Delta Queen to return to service.

The last remaining hurdle is the signature of President Donald Trump.

The Delta Queen was sidelined a decade ago by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels due to fire safety concerns.

The exemption approved Tuesday requires modifications of the wooden portions, including cabins and public areas.

The Delta Queen's hull is already steel.

The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. says the 285-foot-long vessel will undergo an extensive renovation before beginning themed voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha and Arkansas rivers in 2020.

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