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Originally published Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

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Sail away on the African Queen of movie fame

The iconic vessel from the Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn film "The African Queen" has been restored for use a tour boat in Florida.

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KEY LARGO, Fla. — The African Queen, the iconic original vessel from the classic film of the same name, is plying nearshore waters and canals in the Florida Keys again.

Keys sailing charter operators Lance and Suzanne Holmquist inked an agreement with the 100-year-old boat's owner and invested some $70,000 to restore the boat that carried Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn to movie history in the 1951 film "The African Queen." The boat was originally brought to Key Largo in 1983 and restored then, but has languished as an out-of-the-water display for the past 11 years.

Stephen Bogart, son of the film star, was present during a relaunch event Thursday for the vessel, registered as a national historic site.

Next week, the Holmquists are to begin daily cruises for Keys visitors from the Holiday Inn Key Largo.

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