Launching of the Queen of the Mississippi

August 6th, 2011

Here is a video of the launching of the Queen of the Mississippi on July 17, 2011, that is currently under construction at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. With her relatively small size, she’s being launched the traditional way: sideways. Unusual for the industry in these days is also the fact that the launch was nine week ahead of schedule.

After the launch two additional decks will be added and the riverboat will be outfitted. In total the Queen of the Mississippi will have 75 staterooms. She’ll also feature an authentic paddlewheel, a steam whistle and even a calliope. The inaugural voyage of the Queen of the Mississippi is scheduled for August 2012.

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