African Queen Saved
African Queen Saved, The historic vessel which provided the setting for Humphrey Bogart’s only Oscar winning performance has been resurrected from the scrapheap by a movie loving Florida couple.The African Queen is a 100 year old steam boat famed for its starring role in the 1951 hit movie of the same name.
The classic picture — which also starred Katharine Hepburn and told the story of a Canadian steam boat captain and a British missionary working in German East Africa during the First World War — saw Bogart receive the 1951 Academy Award for best actor.
After falling into a state of disrepair following the death of its previous owner in 2001, the vessel was spotted gathering rust in a Florida marina late last year by Suzanne Holmquist and her engineer husband, Lance.
The couple have since repaired the ailing ship and opened it up to tourists and film enthusiasts, providing cruises around the Florida Keys aboard the famous vessel.
“It’s (the boat) held in a trust so we approached them and talked about restoring it,” says Holmquist on how she stumbled upon the famous vessel. (CNN)