Billing Boats African Queen


ABS hull
1:12 scale 16.93″H 29.13″L 8.27″W

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Billing Boats African Queen
Scale model of an English steam pinnace. ABS hull 1:12 scale 16.93″H 29.13″L 8.27″W

The African Queen is a historic steam-powered boat made famous by the 1951 film of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. The boat itself has a fascinating history that goes beyond its Hollywood fame.

The African Queen was built in 1912 in Lytham, England, and originally named the S.L. Livingston. It was designed for service in Africa as a cargo and passenger boat, navigating the rivers and lakes of the continent. The boat was later renamed the African Queen by its owner, British-Colonial East Africa Ltd., in honor of the 1912 shipyard film of the same name.

The boat gained international recognition when it was used in the 1951 film “The African Queen,” directed by John Huston. The movie tells the story of a Canadian missionary (played by Katharine Hepburn) and a rough-and-tumble captain (played by Humphrey Bogart) who use the African Queen to navigate dangerous waters and take on German enemies during World War I.

After the film’s success, the African Queen fell into disrepair and was almost forgotten. However, in the 1980s, the boat was rediscovered in a state of disrepair in the Florida Keys. It was subsequently restored to its former glory by a passionate owner, and it soon became a popular tourist attraction and icon of film history.

Today, the African Queen is a popular tourist attraction in Key Largo, Florida, where visitors can take rides on the boat and experience a piece of cinematic history. The boat’s legacy lives on, not only through the film that made it famous but also through its continued presence as a beloved symbol of adventure and nostalgia.

Billing Boats African Queen kit comes with English instructions, ABS plastic hull, non-working steam engine and all fittings needed to complete the kit. All measurements inside the booklet are in Metric. This kit does not include tools, glue or paint.

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 30 × 12 × 12 in


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