African Queen Canal Cruise, Key Largo

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The African Queen is the boat used in the 1951 movie The African Queen starring Humprey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. It is located in Key Largo, Florida. On February 18, 1992, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.HistoryThe boat was built of riveted sheet iron in 1912 in the United Kingdom for service in Africa on the Victoria Nile and Lake Albert where the movie was filmed in 1950. Originally named the Livingstone, she was built for the British East Africa Railway and used from 1912 to 1968. It spent most of its first 50 years operating in the waters of the Ruki River in the northern Democratic Republic of Congo where she was used to transport a mixture of hunters, mercenaries and cargo.According to an article on its 2012 restoration, it was built by Lytham Shipbuilding and engineering Co, as evidenced by the boiler plate and Lancashire records.The boat was found in Cairo, Egypt in the 1970s, with coal still in its bilges. Purchased and shipped to the United States, it has had a succession of owners and is currently held in trust. It was refurbished in 2012, including installation of an interior steel hull frame and new boiler, and restored to service as a tourist boat. Add African Queen Canal Cruise to your Key Largo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Key Largo trip itinerary maker.
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  • The cruise on the vintage boat was quite interesting. Eddie shared the history of the boat illustrated in photos and entertained us with his vast knowledge of movie trivia. 
    The cruise on the vintage boat was quite interesting. Eddie shared the history of the boat illustrated in photos and entertained us with his vast knowledge of movie trivia.  more »
  • This is a fun tour around the canals of Key Largo in a historic piece of movie history. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the movie and gave a great presentation about the movie and the boat... 
    This is a fun tour around the canals of Key Largo in a historic piece of movie history. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the movie and gave a great presentation about the movie and the boat...  more »
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  • Great restore. A quick stop off US1, do it! Drop a few bucks in the box and take a look. Fun to see.
  • This was a wonderful experience since The African Queen is one of my favorite movies. This was the actual ship used in the movie. The ride was peaceful and the Captain was fun, personable and knowledgeable.

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