American Queen Steamboat Company has released a time-lapse video of progress on its upcoming ship, the American Countess. The boat, under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana, will be the fourth in the company’s fleet of riverboats.
The new American Countess will be built using the hull of the Kanesville Queen, a former gaming vessel built in 1995. With almost 150 workers involved, the shipyard has cut the gaming ship in two and will soon add in a 60-foot mid-body section. Once completed, the American Countess will hold 245 guests. The American Queen Steamboat Company expects to announce an exact delivery date for the American Countess in the coming months.
Based in the United States, the riverboat company currently operates three other ships. The first of these, the American Queen sails throughout the country’s heartland, visiting river port cities like Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and Minneapolis. In April 2014, the company added the American Empress, which tours the Pacific Northwest along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Sailing between Vancouver, Washington and Clarkston, Washington, the ship also offers visits to Portland, Oregon. August 2017 saw the addition of the group’s newest ship, the American Duchess, which joined the American Queen on the Mississippi River.