As famous as the Park itself, the Queen II is an Okoboji favorite. In the late 19th century, the lakes region became a resort area and the small steamboats and sailboats could not keep up with the flow of vacationers. The Queen, a large steamer, was constructed, along with other larger boats, to accommodate this new need. By the 1920s, the construction of roads around the lakes brought about the demise of most of the fleet. The Queen stayed in service for those people who wished to see the lake by water. In 1973 the Queen was finally retired, after 89 years of service. The Queen II was commissioned and built in 1986 and she was designated the “Flagship of the Iowa Navy.”
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Historic Queen II Excursion Boat to Undergo Repairs Over the Winter
Arnolds Park, 10/20/2023 – After a summer filled with unfortunate disruptions, the iconic Queen II Excursion Boat is set to undergo extensive repairs to ensure its continued operation for years to come. Thanks to the generosity of a dedicated donor, the decision has been made to restore the historic vessel rather than replacing it.
Throughout the summer season, the Queen II faced numerous mechanical challenges that hindered its ability to provide the unforgettable experiences it is known for. In light of these setbacks, a crucial decision had to be made – whether to invest in new engines, generator, and interior updates or to explore the possibility of purchasing a new boat altogether.
Ultimately, the dedication to preserving the rich history and charm of the Queen II prevailed. Thanks to the support of a generous donor, the decision was made to embark on a comprehensive restoration project. This endeavor will not only ensure the Queen ll’s continued presence on the waters but also allow future generations to enjoy the timeless beauty of this historic vessel. A summer visit to Okoboji isn’t complete without seeing her majesty sailing the waters and hearing the iconic blast of the horn.
The restoration process will commence on October 24th, when the Queen II will be carefully pulled out of the water. The repairs will take place right on the beach of Arnolds Park Amusement Park, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to witness the restoration firsthand. Skilled craftsmen and technicians will work tirelessly throughout the winter months to breathe new life into the Queen II, meticulously attending to every detail to ensure its return to its former glory.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from our community and the generous donor who made this restoration possible,” said Jon Pausley, CEO of Arnolds Park Amusement Park. “The Queen II holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike, and we are committed to preserving its legacy for future generations to enjoy.”
The restoration of the Queen II is expected to be completed in time for the upcoming summer season, allowing tourists and locals to once again embark on unforgettable journeys aboard this beloved vessel. Updates on the progress of the restoration will be shared regularly, ensuring that enthusiasts can follow along and anticipate the Queen II’s triumphant return.
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