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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  • Being on a short cruise on the AQ has been a life long dream for my husband and this didn't disappoint. Our Captain, Brian, was very knowledgeable about the movie, the boat, the era - everything. It w...  more »
  • We had a really nice time last week, a little cold, at least for the locals, but Cpt. Mike did a great job telling us all about the history of the boat and showing us the wonderful pictures. Nice ride...  more »
  • My 14-year-old and I booked the snorkel cruise and were delighted with our experience. The 30-foot sail boat holds only 6 passengers so you are guaranteed an intimate fun trip. We set sail out of the ...  more »
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  • Very enjoyable ride on a piece of movie history brought back to life. Just don't expect to get anywhere quickly. Two dolphins guided us back from the ocean to the canal, playing off the bow and jumping out of the water in tandem. They apparently enjoyed the boat as much as we did. The 1890's double expansion steam engine is a joy to watch and listen. Burns liquid fuel instead of original wood and coal, so no smoke and cinders. Take the later sunset tour for the best photography. Easy to find. Easy to park (free). Bucket list item for the keys.
  • Enjoyed the movie African Queen. What a treat to see the " Queen" in real life. Cool little boat ride out of Key Largo. Worth the price. People at attraction were solid good folk. Enjoyed visiting
  • We loved our trip on the African Queen 9/2/2017. The boat looks and acts like one in the movie - in fact it is very near to that boat. It's base is 105 years old and is of course refurbished, but takes us back to the movie scenes. Hope the boat and the people we met are ok after Irma swept through the keys. Thanks you so much for our cruse - it is fully recommeded
  • If you've seen the movie you GOTTA do this tour. Best to do the dinner tour. You leave the dock around 5. Tour the shoreline until you get to a dockside restaurant. You climb up to your reserved table near the glass bottom bar. Have a great meal. Climb back down to the Queen and putt putt back in the moon shine to your original dock where you are parked. Ahhhhh memories.
  • For true fans of the classic John Huston film, this is a disappointing experience. Some kid (who's probably never seen the movie) reading facts about the boat from a 3-ring binder? Come on. Very little of the boat is original but it was still kinda cool to see, I guess. Save your $50 / person and go have a nice meal at Sol by the Sea instead.

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