African Queen is Sea Worthy Again
Posted: April 17, 2012 | By: Daily Freshies
A Florida couple has restored a 100-year-old steamboat used in the
classic Humphrey Bogart-Katharine Hepburn film, “The African Queen,” and
is offering tours.
Lance and Suzanne Holmquist told The Miami Herald they are leasing
the 30-foot riverboat from the owner in exchange for money they earn
from giving tours on it in Key Largo.
“There is still an extreme amount of interest in the African Queen,”
Suzanne Holmquist told the Herald. “Every week, while we were sitting
here just two boats away, we would see hundreds of people come to
photograph it, look at it and remember it. To watch all the people come
and see the boat so deteriorated was such a shame.”
The couple said they have spent more than three months and $60,000
restoring the craft, which had languished outside a Holiday Inn for a
decade after the death of its previous owner, Jim Hendricks Sr.
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