In the early 1980's Memphis was preparing to open the MUD ISLAND RIVER Park and Memphis Riverboats was to have a role in the new adventure. The idea of the Island Queen was born. In 1983 “Capt Tom” competed the Island Queen, a 100 foot long vessel with an enclosed first, deck a covered second deck, and a partially covered third deck.
Her great outside vistas makes her a perfect vessel for sightseeing and day trips on the Mississippi river. The Island Queen has since been the preferred vessel for untold numbers sightseeing trips, dinner cruises, and private charters for all types of groups. Her main deck consist of seating around the sides, two rows of inner seating, and open center dance section. At the bow of the vessel is a slightly raised stage perfect for small bands or DJ. During the summer cruise season, the Island Queen may make 2 sightseeing trips at 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm and 1 or 2 late charters. She has been a workhorse in the fleet and delighted passengers every cruising day.