Louisiana shipyard to build American Countess paddlewheeler

American Queen Steamboat Company has signed a deal to build
its fourth vessel, the American Countess, and will release details on delivery
and itineraries in the coming months.

The company said it signed the agreement with Gulf Island to
build 245-passenger paddlewheeler using the existing hull of the Kanesville
Queen, a former gaming vessel it acquired last year. 

“We continue to break sales records and incredible
demand remains for more capacity on the river with each of our boats continuing
to sail full,” American Queen Steamboat Company chairman John Waggoner
said in a statement.  “We look
forward to collaborating with Gulf Island’s team of skilled workers and
craftsmen to deliver a riverboat that will once again exceed expectations of
our guests and continue raising the bar on domestic river cruising.”

The boat will travel under its own power from the Marine
Builders shipyard in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to Houma, Louisiana. Construction
will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The company currently operates three other luxury
paddlewheel riverboats, the American Queen, American Duchess and American

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