In 1995, the year of her launch, the Queen of the West reintroducing the tradition of sternwheelers to the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers. At the time, the Queen of the West was the first paddle wheeler to sail the Columbia River in 85 years.

river cruises: Queen of the West
Cruise Experience
With only 120 passengersthe boat feels like home from the very beginning of the cruise. The Queen of the West has elevator handicap access to all levels and accessible public restrooms.

The boat is propelled by her three-story-high churning paddlewheel, powered by a hydraulic propulsion system.

Built in 1995 for the American West Steamboat Company, the Queen of the West is designed to hull dimensions and paddlewheel configuration of the sternwheeler Portland, which was built in 1947 at Nichols Marine Iron Works, Portland, Oregon. The steam whistles come from an unknown steamer of the 1800s. The helm wheel was the original early-1900s wheel from the Seattle fireboat Duwamish. From 2006 to 2009 she was part of the Majestic America Line fleet. In 2009 American West Cruise Lines bought the Queen of the West and will bring her back as a crusie ship in Summer 2010.