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.
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  • Our tour on the African Queen was so enjoyable. My husband and I had just watched the Bogart movie before our vacation and then riding on the real boat was so much fun. Learning the history of the boa...  more »
  • The captain was very knowledgeable and friendly. Loved the boat ride. Learned some new trivia. Would recommend to friends and family.  more »
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  • So worth it...especially if you are a fan of old movies or vintage history. Our tour guide was so Informative and easy going!! Nice and relaxed canal cruise with a quick loop in the Atlantic!
  • The African Queen was a blast. had a nice afternoon cruse on The Queen and were able to steer it out into the ocean. It's about as original as you can imaging but the boiler was out of comission so it ran on an outboard motor. If you go to the web site and book a cruse- the price isn't correct. There is no dinner cruse and hasn't been one for a long wile. We booked it and were told that it was canceled due to the boiler not working nit the sign at the pier says LOOKING FOR DONATIONS to fix the boiler. So it's been out a while. Our dinner cruse was canceled and we were refunded our price and charged $59 each for the ride- which was $49 on the web site. They loose a STAR for that . Worth it but i don't like that way of doing business. If you are going--Watch the movie before so you get the full effect.

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