Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Rollin on the River (again) American Queen

The "Queen" moored, Hannibal, Missouri August, 2007

The "QUEEN" is NOT dead - "Long live the Queen"
Thanks to Capt Richard R.. - Bitter End Blog, on 12/19 - I caught this -
The LA Times is reporting:  December 14, 2011
American Queen steamboat will be rollin’ on the river again
The American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, will return to the Mississippi River with cruises starting in April. The re-created riverboat that had ended service in 2008 returns under new management and with onboard entertainment and historians to keep it lively.
The complete LA Times post by Mary Forgione is here.
In August of 2007, Laura and I took grandson Ryan Dubinski on a day trip to Hannibal, MO, while touring Hannibal and doing the "Mark Twain" thing we were fortunate enough to find the "QUEEN" making a stop on the Hannibal waterfront.  She was an awesome sight to see up close and we would loved to have made a "cruise".  She was taken out of service in 2008, but looks like she has been revived - -  Maybe we can still make that trip - -

Hannibal waterfront August 2007

Laura, Ryan and some sailor - -

1 comment:

TheRiverWriter said...

I was the historian onboard the AQ when these photos were taken. We had left St. Paul about four days earlier and were headed for the Ohio. We then ran up to Pittsburgh. It got very hot that month and the steel decks and bulkheads on the boat were absorbing the heat. One of the mates said that we needed some rain for a day or so to cool the boat off.