Bender Completes Riverboat To Operate In Bossier City, La.

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. has completed the Queen of the Red, a 295-ft. (90-m) casino riverboat built for Horseshoe Entertainment.

The riverboat is now operating on the Red River in Bossier City, La., near Shreveport.

The Queen of the Red is the seventh casino vessel completed by Bender. The shipyard currently has seven other casino vessels under construction.

Built in the style of a 19th Century paddlewheeler, the Queen of the Red can accommodate 2,200 passengers.

With 30,000-sq.-ft. of gaming space, the boat is reportedly the largest casino operating in the Shreveport area.

Built using modular construction methods at Bender's Mobile facilities, the Queen of the Red was towed to Bossier City for final outfitting. To allow for clearance under bridges along the route, the top deck was towed separately to Bossier City and installed and finished out on site.

The riverboat has a 78-ft. (24-m) wide beam and is propelled by a paddlewheel and two stern thrusters.

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