The iconic original vessel from John Huston’s classic 1951 film “The African Queen,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, soon is to ply Key Largo’s nearshore waters again.

Registered as a national historic site, the vessel is nearing the end of a major restoration costing about $70,000. Work includes repairing cosmetic as well as mechanical details, making the boat once again fit to carry passengers.

An April 12 “re-launch” party is scheduled featuring Stephen Bogart, son of film star Humphrey Bogart, to take place dockside at the Holiday Inn Key Largo, MM 100. Nostalgia seekers and film devotees are welcome to attend.

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