Sternwheeler 'Music City Queen7 Delivered By Marine Builders
The new 400-passenger Music City Queen (shown above) was christened recently in her home port of Nashville, Tenn., according to Dr. Hugh D. Claughton, owner and president of Belle Carol Riverboat Company of that city. His daughter, Carol Ann Claughton, was the vessel's sponsor.
The 135-foot luxury riverboat was built by Marine Builders in Utica, Ind. She sailed down the Ohio River to Paducah, Ky., then up the Cumberland River to Nashville. The fourth vessel in the company's fleet, the Queen sails on regularly scheduled cruises from Nashville's Downtown Riverfront Park, which was the original site for docking of steamboats about the turn of the century.
"The Music City Queen has been created in the tradition of the sternwheeler riverboats that dominated Southern rivers in the 1800s," explains Dr. Claughton, and has a decor designed to transport passengers back in time to an era in history when riverboats were the source of entertainment, fine dining, and escape from the fast pace of life." The first deck houses a catering area, bar/lounge, dining room, and stage for the variety of musical groups and entertainers who appear nightly. The second deck has its own bar, lounge, and dining area. From this deck passengers can observe the entertainment on the main deck. These two enclosed, air conditioned decks provide year-round comfort where passengers can enjoy dining then take moonlight walks on the two upper decks.
The new Queen, which has an 85- foot hull and beam of 35 feet, completed a rigid U.S. Coast Guard inspection prior to entering service, and has the most up-to-date safety features.