Monday, April 30, 2012

The Greatest Little Steamboat in the World

It does not get much better than this ... for classic films fans.

The African Queen, the dingy, rundown hooting and smoke-spouting little boat from the 1951 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn has been refurbished and put back on the water -- where it belongs. One wonders who the audience will be ... or not so much. After all, Suzanne and Lance Holmquist, the couple who found and refurbished the boat do live in Florida, a location likely to attract an older, more appreciative crowd for what is surely an iconic piece of film history and Americana. Found in a Florida marina (see this news story), the boat looks better than ever and hopefully has a few more memories left to make... 

The "African Queen" is a 100-year-old steam boat famed for its role in the 1951 movie of the same name.

See also my review of the film.

1 comment:

  1. I would love to spend a little time relaxing on that boat. My son just walked up and got extremely excited that the African Queen is still running.