The American Queen steamboat makes stop in Wheeling

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The Queen is in Wheeling! The American Queen that is. The steamboat laid her anchors down at Heritage Port early Tuesday morning.

The American Queen started her journey Monday up in Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, over 500 people docked in the Friendly City to see what it has to offer. She is said to be the largest river steamboat ever built.

This riverboat style cruising is very popular among people who are looking for more of a laid-back and relaxing style cruise rather than the big cruise-liner ships. When 7News spoke with some of the passengers, they said they love to see small towns cities filled with history like our very won Wheeling.
In fact, Robert & Linda Schwenke of Jamestown, Ohio says that this is their seventh time on the Queen.

“It’s fun, it’s relaxing. We love the Queen. Everybody waits on us. The boat is fantastic,” said Robert. 

Passengers on the Queen hail from all over the United States, including Andre Fortain from Asheville, N.C.

 “You get to see more of America, inner America,” said Fortain. “Not just the coastal, so I like that.”

Frank O’Brien, the Executive Director of VisitWheelingWV, said, “So for a historic boat to dock at a historic city, it makes a lot of sense.”

The Queen will continue her journey through the rest of the week making her way to Louisville, Kentucky with stops in between that include Marietta and Huntington. She will set sail down the Ohio River about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.

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