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American Queen River Cruise Ship Docks in Wheeling

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The world's largest river cruise ship officially docked at Heritage Port in Wheeling on Wednesday.  The American Queen was back in town for a short stop.

Tour buses took the passengers all across Wheeling.

The groups got to tour the birthplace of West Virginia, the place where so many music careers began, and the market that has brought community together for years.

The chance to view so much history was too good for the Scotts and their children to past up and they know a little something about history.

"We thought it would be delightful to have our whole family this year so we brought our four kids and their significant others and we're just enjoying it tremendously," said Ruth Scott, Fort Myers, FL resident.

"We brought them all because it's our 60th Anniversary," said her husband, Richard Scott.

For some passengers, it was a homecoming.

"I got the opportunity to bring my family down and take a tour on the boat, they really enjoyed it," said Charlie Boggs, a Wellsburg native. "At 1 o'clock we're pulling out, we're heading past Wellsburg, get to see my hometown."

It was the ship's first of three stops to the friendly city this summer. The boat was here last summer as well. 

No tours were given during the stop, but quite a few people showed up to take a look at the historic boat. The American Queen pulled out of town at around 1 p.m. on its way to Pittsburgh.