Maritime Affairs

+ The last wooden steamboat on the Mississippi docked one final time in New Orleans last night. (ht/CPIII).  A rather unfortunate law (and possibly a treaty) seems to have killed the livelihood of the unique vessel:

Lobbyists have been active on Capitol Hill in an attempt to save the old vessel. But despite their efforts, a special exemption to maritime law ran out Oct. 31, and the Delta Queen won't be allowed to carry tourists on overnight trips anymore.

"It's the Safety of Life at Sea Acts," Sable said. "(They) couldn't carry 50 people overnight if they had wood as super structure."

+ Down in Plaquemines Parish near the mouth of the Mississippi, a dilemma unfolds between shipping interests and coastal wetlands advocates.