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It hasn't been too long since I again watched the movie African Queen. I wonder what the brand of the engine in the boat (S/L Livingstone ??) was/is. Always liked the sound it made. I don't know if the engine shown in the boat was ever fired up and operated or if they just dubbed in the sound. Allie
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Found this on the internet
The African Queen (1951) Trivia;
The African Queen was actually the L.S. Livingston, which had been a working diesel boat for 40 years; the steam engine was a prop and the real diesel engine was hidden under stacked crates of gin and other cargo. It is now docked next to the Holiday Inn in Key Largo, FL, just off US Highway 1.
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About 10 years ago my wife and I drove down to key west. On the way
I stopped at the dock where the African queen was docked. To my dissapointment the dock was closed the boat was not there and the sign posted
Said the boat was getting a new boiler installed. As Herman Munster
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The boat is here in Florida somewhere, Still running.
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So thus a mystery. If the boat was/is actually powered by a diesel engine, and the steam engine was just a movie prop, why would it need to be fitted with a fresh boiler?
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I have loved that movie since I was just a lad. That was my first attraction to steam. I even built a small scale African Queen with a mamod marine steam engine. The African Queen was always on the top of my list of "if I had a million dollars I'd buy---"

However if it would have been me the "psalm singing skinny old maid" would have gone overboard right after the gin!!!!!!
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Many years back, can't remember how many, they had the African Queen on a lowboy, up for display, up here in Ashland Wi.
I'm sure it was a duplicate, on tour for promotion purposes. Cool to see in person. Wish I had it at the time, be fun to putz around with on lake superior for boat parade and such.
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So thus a mystery. If the boat was/is actually powered by a diesel engine, and the steam engine was just a movie prop, why would it need to be fitted with a fresh boiler?
Speculation-movie props tend to be thin, chinsy, cheap, so the boiler could have been sheet metal or even wood, and it had rotted away. They are only really intended to last till the film is done.
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