The African Queen
The Classic Steamboat Moving Picture from 1951
August 1, 2021:
OK, I have converted to a new HTML Editor (Coffee Cup) and a new FTP Program (Cuteftp). This should allow me
to get back to updating the web site on a daily basis.
Most of the material on this web page is from The movie, the African Queen (also known as S/L Livingstone)
which was the name of two boats used in the 1951 movie The African Queen starring Humprey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.
It was filmed in the Belgian Congo on a tributary of the Congo River, and on the Nile in the Murchison Falls
National Park in Uganda. Two boats were utilised, one in each location. One of the boats is now located in
Key Largo, Florida and on February 18, 1992, was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The other is located in Jinja, Uganda.
The boat used as the African Queen is actually the 35-foot (10 m) L.S. Livingston which had been a working
diesel boat for 40 years; the steam engine was a prop and the real diesel engine was hidden under stacked
crates of gin and other cargo. Florida attorney and Humphrey Bogart enthusiast, Jim Hendricks Sr. came to
own the boat in 1982 in Key Largo, Florida. After falling into a state of disrepair following the death of
Hendricks Sr. in 2001, the vessel was discovered rusting in a Florida marina in 2012 by Suzanne Holmquist
and her engineer husband, Lance. The couple have since repaired and refurbished the ailing ship and opened
it up to tourists and film enthusiasts, providing cruises around the Florida Keys aboard the famous vessel.