Under construction in Salisbury, MD for American Cruise Lines, The Queen of the Mississippi will be an authentic paddlewheeler reminiscent of American’s former grand riverboats.  Set to ply the Mississippi, Cumberland, Tennessee and Ohio rivers, the Queen of the Mississippi is scheduled to depart from New Orleans, Louisiana on August 11, 2012. From there, the ship will set out on a 7-night journey up the Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. For the remainder of the season, the Queen of the Mississippi will cruise 7-night itineraries travelling as far north at St. Paul, Minnesota.

Last week, the gleaming, candy apple red paddlewheel was carefully lowered into place. At a mere 23-tons and 28 feet wide, it’s an engineering marvel how it is installed.  Here’s a short video which chronicles the historic moment.

Photo/video credit: American Cruise Lines

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