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

The American Queen docked in Saint Louis, Missouri
Career (United States) United States
Name: American Queen
Owner: Delta Queen Steamboat Company
Operator: Delta Queen Steamboat Company
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: sold
Owner: Delaware North Companies, Inc.
Operator: Majestic America Line
Route: Mississippi River and tributaries
In service: January 2003[2]
Out of service: November 20, 2008
Fate: sold
Owner: MARAD
Port of registry: Violet, Louisiana then Beaumont, Texas
Out of service: November 20, 2008
Status: mothballed and for sale
General characteristics
Class and type: Steamboat
Tonnage: 3707
Length: 418 feet (127 m)
Beam: 89 feet (27 m)
Height: 109.5 feet (33.4 m)
Draught: 8.5 feet (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 the largest steamboat ever built. The ship was built in 1995 and is a six-deck recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat, owned by Majestic America Line. Although the American Queen's stern paddlewheel is indeed powered by a genuine steam plant (taken from), her secondary propulsion and much maneuverability 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.[3] The American Queen was featured on the March 9, 2009 episode of TLC's Little People, Big World as the Roloff family took a cruise from Memphis, Tennessee to Cincinnati, Ohio. Their trip took place in June 2008 and none of the other guests aboard the steamboat appeared in the episode, besides the Roloffs.

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. She is currently for sale and in storage at their fleet in Beaumont, Texas.[2] With this mothballing there are no overnight steamboats running on America's rivers for the first time since 1811.


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