Gillian Everett

Gillian Everett

Posted on 10/13/2015


Photo taken on October 13, 2015


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286/365 African Queen

286/365 African Queen
Poster composite created for TSC, using my own photos.

The "African Queen" at her home in Key Largo, Florida Keys, used in the 1951 film of the same name, starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart,

'....let's jump back to 1912 to England where this 30-foot, steam-powered vessel was built. From England she was sent to Africa where she served as a riverboat near Stanley Falls hauling hunters and light cargo on the Ruiki River, a branch of the Congo.

In 1950, John Huston needed just such a boat for his film, found this one in Africa, and that was the beginning of her fame. Actually, it was the film's art director, John Hoesli, who found the boat--the Steam Launch (S/L) Livingstone--in Butiaba, Uganda, a town on the east shore of Lake Albert.

Renamed the African Queen, after the film's production she went back to work as a river boat.'

For more of the history of this wonderful old boat, see:

www.key-largo-sunsets.com/the-african-queen.html

Indycaver (Norm), Valfal, Clickity Click, LutzP and 4 other people have particularly liked this photo


35 comments - The latest ones
Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett
The 'African Queen' at Key Largo
22 months ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
what a beauty boat, and a very reputable history too.
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to Shuttering Yukon
Thanks Wendi :-)
22 months ago.
s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
Love that movie...a real classic !!
Beautifully done :))
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to s@ssyl@ssy
Thanks Sassy :-)
22 months ago.
PaulOClassic©
PaulOClassic©
And here I thought that she was rotting at some little jetty on the Nile! Great story!
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to PaulOClassic©
Thanks Paul. I think she has been renovated since these photos were taken in 1997 :-)
22 months ago.
Diederik Santema
Diederik Santema
It would be a real vintage tour
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to Diederik Santema
Yes, I don't think they are actually doing tours at present.
22 months ago.
Katja
Katja
nice work and very welcoming.
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to Katja
Thanks Katja :-)
22 months ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
Where can I sign for the trip ? You convinced me with this beautiful summer vacations advertismeent !!!
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to Nylonbleu
Thanks isabelle, I'm sure you would enjoy visiting the Keys. I don't think they are doing tours at present but great just to feel the atmosphere :-)
22 months ago.
Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg
Oh - great! My granny loved the movie and I saw it several times with her!
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to Dida From Augsburg
I've seen it a few times, just a really good yarn :-)
22 months ago.
PhLB - Luc Boonen
PhLB - Luc Boonen
that's a fine story behind a great boat
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to PhLB - Luc Boonen
Yes, and the story in the movie was great.
22 months ago.
fragglerocks
fragglerocks
Wonderful story and poster.
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to fragglerocks
Thanks fraggle :-)
22 months ago.
Janano -
Janano -
beautiful boat ! and poster
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to Janano -
Thanks Jan :-)
22 months ago.
LutzP
LutzP
Interesting story. I loved the movie!
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to LutzP
Thanks Lutz, yes one of my favourites too.
22 months ago.
Chrissy
Chrissy
lovely work, Gillian!
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to Chrissy
Thanks Chrissy :-)
22 months ago.
charlie b
charlie b
Rosie and Charlie and the African Queen, a trio not to be forgotten. Excellent composite Gillian. One of my favorite movies.
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to charlie b
Thanks Charlie. One of my favourites, too, such a great pair and a jolly good yarn :-)
22 months ago.
Esther
Esther
A fascinating history and a superb poster.
22 months ago.
Gillian Everett has replied to Esther
Thanks Esther :-)
22 months ago.
Clickity Click
Clickity Click
Can't tell you how many times we have enjoyed this movie ... great shots to entice one to visit the Keys. Quite a different feeling to that area. Well done with this. :)
22 months ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Wonderful tribute to a great movie, Gillian; I love it!
22 months ago.
autofantasia
autofantasia
Lovely poster and such an interesting read too! :)
22 months ago.
Indycaver (Norm)
Indycaver (Norm)
Cool find and image! Well done!
22 months ago.
H C
H C
Great composition and photos in the poster.
22 months ago.
Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma
nicely done advertisement
22 months ago.