Bogart’s African Queen Returns to Key Largo’s Water

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Suzanne Holmquist has restored the iconic African Queen boat made famous by the 1951 movie of the same name staring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. She is located in Key Largo Florida and is available for canal and dinner cruises daily.

    Suzanne Holmquist: Me and Lance got involved because we saw the African Queen up on the davit. She was deteriorating pretty badly and we knew that she was approaching her 100 years.

    So, we decided to see if we could restore her in time for like a big celebration. I am thrilled that Stephen Bogart thought to come down here and support us.

    Stephen Bogart: Well, I am going straight or taking a left. To be able to ride on the African Queen and to be able to have it back in operation is absolutely tremendous. You know I have never really been on many movie sets and this is like being on a movie set and just the fact that somebody brought it and is taken the time to restore it, it's a great thing.

    Suzanne Holmquist: I love old movies and films and it's just to see the amount of interest of this boat is still generating even as the lucky day that she gotten, it was incredible and now she is back in the limelight again just like she should be.

    We are going to take people that come to see her on her, which is the most important thing. We are going to take it down to Port Largo Canals around Key Largo, and we will do dinner cruises and lunch cruises, even Starlit Night gazing cruises on her. I think restoring the African Queen has firmly sealed the tie and connection with the Bogart name to Key Largo.