The American Queen is almost ready to return to the Mississippi! Last week, the steamboat ran through its first set of builder’s trials on a successful trial run. Great American Steamboat Company’s EVP of Vessel Operations, Greg Brown, reported that the paddle wheel achieved 17 revolutions per minute with plenty of steam in reserve, and the propulsion and control system worked perfectly.
This trial run lasted approximately three hours before berthing in front of the Café Du Mond on the Riverwalk, and is a preface to the first voyage from New Orleans on April 19th. She will travel up the Mississippi River to her homeport of Memphis at Beale Street Landing, where she will be christened by Godmother Priscilla Presley on April 27, 2012.
The American Queen will then depart for her inaugural voyage up the Mississippi River to the Ohio River with stops in Henderson, Ky., Louisville, Ky. (where she will take part in the time-honored tradition of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race with the Belle of Louisville and Belle of Cincinnati), and Madison, Ind., before arriving in the disembarkation city of Cincinnati.