Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Media Contact: Denver Peacock

Arkansas Queen
Fact Sheet

The Arkansas Queen was built in 1994 at Freeport Shipyard in Florida. She was designed by the Naval Architectural Firm of DeJong and LeBet.

Originally named the Peconic River Queen, the vessel was two decks high as it cruised under a fixed low bridge on her way up the Peconic Sound on Long Island, New York.

The current owners bought the boat in 2002 and took it to Serodino Marine in Chattanooga, Tennessee where the pilot house was raised, a third open deck and taller stacks were added. The interior was extensively remodeled into an elegant replica of the grand steamboat era. It operated in Tunica, Mississippi from 2003-2005.

Now, sporting a brand new Calliope, the Arkansas Queen will be berthed at the North Shore Maritime Center in North Little Rock.

The complex will include the Arkansas Queen Riverboat and 1939 Towboat M/V Patriot which will serve as a wharfboat with offices, reception area and gift shop, the Salty Parrot on the river café, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the USS Razorback submarine and the USS Hoga, a WWII tugboat present at Pearl Harbor.

The Arkansas Queen is inspected and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry 338 passengers and crew. She can seat 250 for lunch or dinner.

The vessel is 130 feet overall from the tip of her boarding stage to the paddlewheel. All steel, she displaces 271 tons and is powered by Cummins Diesels and Generators.

The elegant interior has a main deck with bandstand, dance floor and bar, Mezzanine, and a second deck with its own serving area and bar.

There are outside areas for passengers on all three decks.

The Arkansas Queen will begin it’s regular schedule in March, 2006.

There will be Sightseeing Cruises with narration by the Captain, Deli-Lunch Cruises, Dinner/Entertainment Cruises and Gospel Music Dinner Cruises. The riverboat will be available for private and group charters and meetings.

For more information contact: Capt. Robert Lumpp, Linda West or Jane Malton at (501) 372-5777 or take a virtual tour on line at


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