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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 USA it 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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  • This was a really interesting trip. Captain knew all about the boat and had original pictures taken when the movie was being made. Just 6 of us on the boat and he took it back out after the trip so we...  more »
  • Very nice tour in the channel and even a bit out on the sea. Entertaining captain and friendly atmosphere made this a good tour. During the trip, there is a lot of information and pictures about the boat to watch on board.
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  • Very affordable, Captain Ron was great and made everyone welcome. The ship was well matinee and clean 
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  • The one and only. Ride in a bit of history. Hour and a half tour. Really neat.
  • Some old boat. But there's a great charter righr next to it called the Fin Razer. 1st class
  • A great historical oddity one can view from the dock, take out with daily tours, or even rent for private events.
  • Captain Mike gave us a great history of the African Queen. Although the steam engine was out for repair, we had a wonderful time. It was a personalized, fun tour. Bogart and Hepburn fans would particularly enjoy it!
  • Excellent experience; the only other glass-bottom boat I'd been on in Key West barely had any glass on its bottom! The crew were friendly, relaxed, and knowledgeable and of course Molasses Reef put on a splendid show!