African Queen (boat)

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African Queen
The African Queen docked under a canvas roof.
African Queen (boat) is located in Florida
African Queen (boat)
Location Key Largo, Florida
Coordinates 25°5′44.06″N 80°26′17.83″W / 25.0955722°N 80.4382861°W / 25.0955722; -80.4382861Coordinates: 25°5′44.06″N 80°26′17.83″W / 25.0955722°N 80.4382861°W / 25.0955722; -80.4382861
Built 1912
Architect Lytham Shipbuilding & Engineering Co
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 91001771
Added to NRHP February 18, 1992[1]

The African Queen (also known as S/L Livingstone) is the boat used in the 1951 movie The African Queen starring Humprey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. It is located at 99701 Overseas Highway in Key Largo, Florida. On February 18, 1992, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[1]

The 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. She was used by the British East Africa Railway from 1912 to 1968 to shuttle cargo and passengers across Lake Albert.

According to one source the boat is a construction by the marine architect Isaac J Abdela of the Abdela & Mitchell shipyards on the Stroud Canal at Brimscombe, Gloucestershire, England.[2]

According to another source it was built in 1912 by Lytham Shipbuilding and engineering Co, as evidenced by the boiler plate and Lancashire records. Naturally, many vessels of this type built by different companies resembled each other, but the distinguishing feature lies in the fact that 'African Queen' has a vertical boiler, whereas Abdela used horizontal boilers on vessels of this size. He did use them on smaller vessels.[citation needed]

The boat was found in Cairo, Egypt in the 1970s. It still had coal in the bilges. It was purchased and shipped to USA. It is currently located at the Holiday Inn in Key Largo, FL owned by James W. Hendricks Sr.for public cruises, behind the Key Largo Princess glass bottom boat.[citation needed]

The vessel was refurbished, including installation of an interior steel hull, and restored to service as a tourist boat in 2012.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Stroud canal boat follows in wake of African Queen
  3. ^ Macguire, Eoghan (2012). "Humphrey Bogart's boat 'African Queen' saved from scrapheap -". Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

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