After nearly seven years of cruises, the local riverboat, the Arkansas Queen, has ceased operations, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (behind a paywall). A letter to North Little Rock mayor Joe Smith on Tuesday said the business is claiming a breach of contract by the city.
“The riverboat has been under a 10-year contract with the city to operate river tours from a portion of the city-owned Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum complex for almost seven years,” the story said.
“The 350 feet of riverbank the riverboat business leases from the city will be returned to city control by Feb. 28, the letter stated.
The boat could change hands and go to a New Orleans shipyard where it will be under new ownership, and from there, who knows? Now, we’re wondering, how do you feel about the loss of the Arkansas Queen?