The iconic vessel the African Queen is located in Key Largo, Florida. Made famous in the 1951 movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, she still remains a timeless classic.
The African Queen was built in Lytham, England in 1912 for service in Africa for the East Africa British Railways company. She was used to shuttle cargo, missionaries, and hunting parties across the Victoria Nile and Lake Albert, which was located on the border between the Belgian Congo and Uganda. In 1951 she starred in the famous movie directed by John Huston.
Afterwards she remained in service in Africa until 1968 when she was brought to the United States, working in San Francisco, Oregon, and Florida. She has been the pride and joy of Key Largo since 1982, where she is registered as a National Historic Site and in 2012 celebrated her centennial year.
Captain Mike, who gives the old Queen the most attention and care, shows the Beckett ADC Burner firing into a steam boiler used to propel the boat, installed in 2012.
In early February of 2017, Captain Mike gave the Tech Service line at R.W. Beckett a call. He was having problems with the burner igniter and control on the ADC Burner that powers the African Queen. After some technical advice and a quick parts shipment the African Queen was back to operation, offering canal and dinner cruises in Key Largo.