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Interesting Boats:  The "African Queen"

A few years back Bogart and Hepburn's famous launch showed up at our shop for her annual Coast Guard inspection and some repairs to her tired hull.  Actually her original hull is in pretty good shape considering her age.  What needed replacement were some patches that had been welded on about a decade ago.  Her boiler required some modifications and we built her a new rudder, the old one having been in a conflict with some concrete railroad ties, which occurred when she was being trailered across a supermarket parking lot.

Above:  The proud Queen undergoing her repairs in our boatshop alongside a Compromise 21 under construction.
Below:  The group of photos below were taken by a friend, David Steinbrick, who works for Cox Communications on the occasion of his winter vacation.  Most notable is the outboard motor hanging over the transom.  Hardly what one would call "steaming".  I guess things have changed since Jim Hendricks' death a few years ago.  It is good though to see the old girl is still in existence.  I understand that Jim's son is now the key man and is not as obsessive about the African Queen as was his father.