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Memphis Queen III, a sternwheeler at Memphis, TN
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No: 2684   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2003   Manufacturer: Memphis Queen Shipyard, USA   Country: USA
Memphis Queen III, a sternwheeler at Memphis, TN

Photographed on the Mississippi 25 July 2003.
Capt. Tom Meanley designed and built this boat in the back yard of his little farm in southwest Shelby County, the Memphis Queen Shipyard, in 1976-1979. The boat had to be moved over 12 miles of dry land. The Memphis Belle III was christened on May 8, 1979. She can carry 400 passengers. She is 99.8 feet long and 27 feet wide. Her true paddlewheel is powered by a diesel engine with additional twin screws.
Picture added on 19 October 2008
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Is this a restoration of the Memphis Queen I used to ride on in the 1950's? Where is the original?

Added by Diane Steinberg Lewis on 24 November 2008.
Hi Diane!
According to the Memphis Riverboats web site, the first of their fleet was the Memphis Queen II a two-decked sternwheeler 80 feet long, which has been in service since 1955. See the web site for a photo of that boat, which may be the one you mean.

Added by Peter John Langsdale on 24 November 2008.
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