Following news of her purchase by the newly-formed Great American Steamboat Company, the steamboat AMERICAN QUEEN departed the US Reserve Fleet at Beaumont, Texas for Bayou Calcasieu in Sulphur, Louisiana. The largest and most luxurious paddle wheel steamer ever built, the AMERICAN QUEEN was laid up in late 2008 following the demise of last operators, Majestic America Line.
Assisted by three tugboats and a delivery crew who have been laying out safety gear and making preparations for her departure, the passage of the AMERICAN QUEEN will take approximately eighteen hours. Soon after her arrival early Tuesday, the boat will be given a multi-million dollar refit in anticipation of a gala return to service in April of 2012.
Here are some exclusive images of the preparation from earlier today. All photos are by and copyright Greg Brown. With special thanks to Tim Rubacky.
American Queen Steamboat Company website
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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