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Shannon Princess I - Cruise Boat - Netherlands 1923 PDF Print E-mail
24 June 2009


The Shannon Princess I started life as a Luxemotor trading in the Netherlands. It was built in 1923 and reputedly named De Hoop, a popular name for Dutch barges. When in Ireland it measured 32.9 m (107 ft) by 5.2 m (17 ft), so may have been extended at some time during its trading life.
It was converted to a cruise vessel to accommodate 12 guests and crew, by creating two stories above the original cargo hold and adding an extra fold down wheelhouse above. Ruari Gibbons and his family operated the Shannon Princess I in the 1990’s for seven years. In 2003 they replaced it with the Shannon Princess II and continue to provide cruises on the Shannon River and the Lakes. See www.ShannonPrincess.com
The Shannon Princess I travelled to London in May 2005, under its own power, having waited several weeks for the right weather window. There it received another refurbishment and today with its new name of African Queen and minus its second wheelhouse, continues to function as a cruise boat on the Thames. See www.African-Queen.co.uk
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EOL 2009

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