American Queen

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Coordinates: 30°01′26″N 94°00′04″W / 30.024°N 94.001°W / 30.024; -94.001

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The American Queen on the Mississippi in 2014
Career (United States)
Name: American Queen
Owner: Hornblower Marine Services
Operator: American Queen Steamboat Company
Port of registry: United States United States
Route: Mississippi River and tributaries
Builder: McDermott Shipyard
Cost: US$ 65 million
Laid down: 1994
Launched: 1995
Christened: June 1995
by Lynne Cooper Harvey & Paul Harvey
Maiden voyage: June 9, 1995[1]
In service: 1995
Out of service: October 2001
Fate: operating on the Mississippi River
Status: Refitting
Notes: Re-sailed under American Queen Steamboat Company
Career
Route: Mississippi River and tributaries
Launched: 1995
Completed: 1995
In service: January 2003[2]
Out of service: November 20, 2008
Fate: sold
Career
Owner: Hornblower Global Maritime
Operator: American Queen Steamboat Company
Port of registry: Violet, Louisiana then Beaumont, Texas
Status: owned and operated by Hornblower Global Maritime and/or the American Queen Steamboat Company[3]
General characteristics
Class & type: Steamboat
Tonnage: 3707
Length: 418 ft (127 m)
Beam: 89 ft (27 m)
Height: 109.5 ft (33.4 m)
Draught: 8.5 ft (2.6 m)
Decks: 6
Installed power: Steam engine and diesel-electric
Propulsion: Paddlewheel and Z-drive
Capacity: 222 staterooms, 436 passengers
Crew: 160

American Queen is said to be the largest river steamboat ever built.[4] The ship was built in 1995 and is a six-deck recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat, built by McDermott Shipyard for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. Although the American Queen's stern paddlewheel is indeed powered by a genuine steam plant, her secondary propulsion, in case of an emergency and for maneuverability around tight areas where the paddle wheel can not navigate, comes from a set of diesel-electric propellers known as Z-drives on either side of the sternwheel.[2] She has 222 state rooms for a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160. She is 418 feet (127 m) long and 89 feet (27 m) wide.[5]

The American Queen docked in Saint Louis

The Str. American Queen was retired to the reserve fleet in Violet, Louisiana, on 20 November 2008. Due to the failure of Majestic America Line (her owner) she was returned to the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) who held her $30 million mortgage. [2] As of April 2011 American Queen is under contract for $15.5 million to HMS Global Maritime, based in New Albany, Indiana.[6] The new operator, The American Queen Steamboat Company announced plans to return her to Mississippi River service from a port in Memphis, Tennessee.[7] She rejoined her fellow sternwheeler steamboats Natchez, Chautauqua Belle, Minne-Ha-Ha, and the Belle of Louisville. She is currently in service.

In April 2012, the 436-passenger American Queen began a season of three- to 10-night voyages out of a variety of southern and Midwest homeports, including Saint Paul, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Vicksburg, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Memphis.

In 2012 the American Queen participated for the first time in the Great Steamboat Race.[8] It came in second place.

The American Queen Steamboat is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. [9]

In 2013 American Queen was fully refurbished and expansions were made to her dining areas and public venues.

In September 2014, American Queen Steamboat Company was named named "Most Popular Cruise Lines - River Cruises category" on the CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™ report.[10]

Facilities[edit]

American Queen offers guests a state-of-the-art gym and spa, The Front Porch Café, which is open 24-hours a day, The River Grill & Bar, Grand Saloon for evening entertainment and the J.M. White Dining Saloon, which is the vessels main dining area.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanchak, John. "The American Queen: 'Is best of old and best of new.'". Archived from the original on 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-24. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "American Queen". steamboats.org. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Overnight River Cruises to Finance Beale Street Landing". Memphis Daily News. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  4. ^ "River Royalty: American Queen returns to area waters for first time since 2008". The Review; East Liverpool, Ohio. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "American Queen Steamboat Company Official page". Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  6. ^ by Dale K. DuPont (2011-04-25). "Marad approves sale of American Queen". WorkBoat.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  7. ^ "Mississippi River Cruises". American Queen Steamboat Company. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  8. ^ "New Vessel to Participate in 2012 Great Steamboat Race". Kentucky Derby Festival. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  9. ^ The American Queen Steamboat a Historic Hotels of America member. Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ CruiseCompete.com, "CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™", September 2014