Cruising on Last Dance

This blog archives the adventures of Glen and Jill Moore and provides a means of communication for friends and family. Exploration and adventure have been synonymous with boats and water for centuries. The joy of adventures shared while exploring new places and meeting new people has built a strong bond for Glen and Jill. Last Dance is the platform for the exploration.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine, 354 - 430

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." The Wind in the Willows, 1908, Kenneth Grahame, 1859 - 1932

"I've never believed speed and ease are conductive to living fully, becoming aware, or deepening memory, a tripod of urges to stabilize and lend meaning to life." River Horse: a log book of a boat across America, 1999, William Least Heat-Moon,1939 -

The Great Loop -- The current adventure is a circumnavigation of the Eastern United States, cruising north up the east coast through New York into Canada, across the Great Lakes to Chicago, navigating multiple river systems south to Mobile, along the Gulf coast to the Florida Keys and back to St. Augustine. This trip by boat is commonly referred to as the Great Loop. Progress and current location are indicated by the red line on the map to the right. It was titled the Traceless Path in recognition of a German sailor we met in St. Augustine who published booklets of his travels with hand-drawn, detailed maps describing his travels across the water as the Traceless Path.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

African Queen - Key Largo

The African Queen celebrates her 100th year!  Can't be that old, you say, it's a 1951 movie.  True, but the boat, was built in 1912 in England and used by the British East Africa Company from 1912 to 1968 to transport passengers and cargo across Lake Albert (on the border between Uganda and Belgian Congo).  Director Huston decided to do much of the filming for this movie in Africa, so he rented a boat that was in use there.  It is the story of how an old boat became a movie star.

Humphrey Bogart earned his only Oscar for playing the role of Charlie
Allnut in The African Queen and it is the only film to pair Bogart and Hepburn.

The African Queen, which sank twice during the filming of the movie, still lives.  She is at the dock next to the Holiday Inn on Key Largo.

The steel hull is original, but the boiler is now fuel oil fired and a two-cylinder steam engine has replaced the original one lunger.

The original, wood-fired boiler has been saved and is on display.  Plans are to rebuild this boiler, someday in the future, when funding is secured.

Experiencing boating and movie history while exploring the Florida Keys.

This is the year for a number of 100th anniversaries - the African Queen (the boat), Flagler's railroad to Key West, the planting of the cherry trees in Washington, DC, and the introduction of the Oreo Cookie.  Cookie history will be skipped.

John Huston also directed the film Key Largo (1948), but did all the filming for that movie on a sound stage in Hollywood - even the offshore scenes on a boat.  None of the actors had visited Key Largo.  Only a couple shots of the outside of a hotel and a bus traveling on US 1 were filmed on location.  Humphrey Bogart also starred in Key Largo, his last movie with his wife, Lauren Bacall.

For those of you who have not completed the reading assignments from earlier posts, you now have a couple movie assignments.  And, you don't have to rent them - they are probably on the shelves of your local library.

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