African Queen Resurrected

April 28, 2011

Made famous by the film starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen sailed onto the silver screen in 1951. The film tells the unlikely tale of a gin-swilling riverboat owner (Bogart) and a strait-laced missionary (Hepburn), marooned in East Africa during World War I. Three identical boats were used during the making of the films and Yank Evans, a colonial settler from Kenya, stumbled across one of them in Murchison Falls National Park in 1984. He purchased the rusting mass for $1 and, together with his son, lovingly restored her. Murchison Falls National Park provided the backdrop for the film and to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Evans’s Queen is set to be launched on the Nile once again, at Kalagala Falls.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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