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The African Queen

Listed under Film Locations in US South East, United States.

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The iconic original vessel from John Huston's classic 1951 film "The African Queen,"starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is plying Key Largo's nearshore watersand canals again.

Registered as a national historic site, a major restoration has cost around $70,000. Work has included repairing cosmetic as well as mechanical details, making the boat once againfit to carry passengers.

The African Queen's 100-year history began when it was built in 1912 at England's Lytham ship building yard. Originally named the Livingstone, it served the British East Africa Rail Company shuttling cargo, hunting parties and mercenaries on the Ruki River, situated inthe northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo until 1968. Huston saw it and the vessel was temporarily pulled from service for the film.

Plans for the African Queen include offering daily 1.5-hour canal cruises for $39 per person ($25 for kids) and six-passenger dinner cruises on selected nights from the Holiday Inn Key Largo, mile marker 100, oceanside, on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Cost for the dinner cruise is to be $89 per person, including a cruise to the restaurant, dinnerat a special "African Queen" table and a cruise back to the African Queen dock.

Written by  Ben Whitmarsh.

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