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History of Memphis Queen III Riverboat

May 03, 2011

This year's Official Elvis Insiders Event during Elvis Week 2011 will take place aboard the Memphis Queen III Riverboat, a ship with a lot of history. We recently spoke with Captain Dale Lozier about the Memphis Queen's past.

"My dad built this boat in what is now in my backyard on West Shelby Drive in Memphis. The construction was completed on August 17, 1977, one day after the death of Elvis Presley. Transporting the Memphis Queen was very difficult. South Third Street was only four lanes wide back then, and the ship's hull took up the two center lanes. There was also a lot of traffic on the road because of those mourning Elvis' passing. The boat traveled east on Shelby Drive to Third Street, brushing against overhanging trees and blocking all traffic. We finally got her down to President's Island to await the expected high water to float her. When the high water did not reach high enough, we had three small tug boats with fire hoses saturate the ground below the boat. Each one also had a line attached to the Memphis Queen. They all went full speed and jerked the hull into the water. It was an adventure!"

The Official Elvis Insiders Event is on Saturday, August 13 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Insiders will go rollin’ on the Mississippi River aboard the Memphis Queen III, enjoying light hors d'oeuvres, dancing, Elvis music, and a beautiful view of the Memphis skyline. Tickets for this event are extremely limited and very few remain. Purchase yours today!