Sometimes it takes a moving picture. Above is a video of a 23-ton red paddlewheel and American Cruise Lines‘ 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi becoming one in maritime matrimony. The wheel certainly isn’t only for show — it can be used exclusively to propel the Victorian-styled boat — but a pair of 1,900 horse power twin engines will offer an alternative means of thrust. QOM, the first Big Muddy-based riverboat built in some 15 years, will be ready to roar in May, but won’t debut until August.
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