Grand Victoria II

Rising Sun, IN

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The Grand Victoria II, since 1996 is the center part of the Grand Victoria Casino & Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana. While the boat is “the finest diesel-electric sternwheeler ever built” (Capt. Don Sanders), she is permanently moored right on Indiana’s state border and can’t move without violating Kentucky’s strict gambling laws.

Grand Victoria II Casino Riverboat

The Grand Victoria II was launched as “Queen of New Orleans” in 1993 by Halter Marine of New Orleans for the Manthe Family.

The Queen of New Orleans/Flamingo was built as a much larger version of the Creole Queen. Captain Troy Manthe was fond of saying that "the best of the Creole Queen went into the Flamingo."

Flamingo aka Queen of New Orleans
The "Flamingo" aka "Queen of New Orleans" in 1995 at New Orleans.

In 1995 the boat was sold to Hilton Flamingo in New Orleans where Hilton operated her as a floating casino for about one year. Still officially named “Queen of New Orleans”, she was called “Flamingo” (“Queen of New Orleans” still being painted on the bow, life vests etc.).

Hyatt Gaming bought the vessel in 1996 and renamed her Grand Victoria II.

Capt. Don Sanders about the boat: “The Flamingo, designed by Guido Perla, is arguably, the finest diesel-electric sternwheeler ever built. We raced and whipped the Mississippi Queen who was running alongside on a full head of steam before we even came ahead on the 1.500 hp paddlewheel over a two-mile course soon after the beautiful boat started running the gamlin' boat trade, on the Ohio River, opposite Rabbit Hash, about ten years ago.”



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