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The African Queen Charts New Course for Movie Lovers

She’s played a starring role in the romantic reveries of cinema-loving soul mates ever since she first appeared on the silver screen alongside Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, and now The African Queen has now set sail for a future as a love boat for movie buffs.

Harboring a history as intriguing as any movie script, the river steamboat was dubbed the Livingston when she was constructed a century ago to ferry cargo and mercenaries for the British East Africa Rail Company. Although she charted a new course when the big screen beckoned,  after filming on the 1951 classic she became a ghost of her former self as she was shuttled over the years from San Francisco to Oregon and Ocala, Florida.   However, a $75,000 refurbishment courtesy of Captain Lance Holmquist and his wife Suzanne has made the 30-foot boat motion picture perfect once again.

Couples can now let their cares drift as they imagine themselves Charlie Allnut and Rose Sayer on canal cruises and dinner cruises which depart from the Marina Del Mar in Key Largo. A 90-minute canal excursion costs $49, while a two-hour dinner cruise complete with a three-course meal at The Pilot House Marina and Restaurant costs $89.

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