American Queen Cancels First Two Sailings

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American Queen Steamboat Company has canceled two sailings on the 436-passenger paddlewheeler American Queen, citing the installation of a more durable drive shaft for the paddlewheel.

According to, “The repairs will take place at the same time as the vessel’s annual refurbishments that include painting and wallpapering public spaces and staterooms, the addition of a new Front Porch Café, and décor updates to the J.M. White Dining Room and Engine Room Bar.”

“The safety and reliability of the American Queen is our top priority, and her drive shaft must be completely re-built,” said company President Ted Sykes.

The paddlewheeler will now sail her first voyage of the second season on February 23, 2013, roundtrip New Orleans.

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