Watch the Queen of the Mississippi launch

American Cruise Lines launched the Queen of the Mississippi on July 17 at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Md. Nine weeks ahead of schedule, the 150-passenger sternwheeler is expected to start Mississippi River cruises in the summer of 2012 for the Guilford, Conn.-based line. The 260’x53’x8’ steel hulled boat will have five decks, two Caterpillar C-32 engines, three Caterpillar C-18 generators (400 kw each), two Z drives, two 250 hp bow thrusters and a 30,000-gallon fuel capacity. The riverboat will have a maximum speed of 14 knots versus similar vessels which average 7-10 knots.

ACL prepared a short video that provides some footage of the launch. Enjoy:

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