SWISS AND ITALIAN PADDLE STEAMERS
breakdowns and accidents
photo:     photo: John Mulliner 
MPV Vevey
swept onto Geneva Mont-Blanc bridge
Friday 12th April 2002
PS Stadt Luzern
continued past the pier at Flüelen
Monday 26th August 2002
PS Simplon
after explosion in the funnel
Monday 18th August 2003

Paddle steamer breakdowns/accidents
With ageing fleets,
(several members of which are now well over 100 years old)
it is inevitable there will be the occasional breakdown in service

Details of all such occurances
(which have been advised to me) are listed in date order

(with 'links' to the 'timetable' 'paddle steamer' and 'news item' concerned)


2017
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at ????? on Saturday 26th August
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux at Lausanne on Sunday 13th August
Lake Luzern - PS Stadt Luzern at Luzern dock on Saturday 12th August
Lake Luzern - PS Schiller at Luzern dock on Thursday 10th August
Lake Luzern - PS Stadt Luzern at Luzern dock on Sunday 6th August
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Zurich on Wednesday 19th July
Lake Luzern - PS Schiller at Luzern on Tuesday 4th July
Lake Luzern - PS Uri at Luzern on Monday 12th June
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon at Lausanne on Ascension Thursday 25th May
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Lausanne on Monday 24th April

2016
Lake Thun - PS Blümlisalp at Thun on Monday 29th August
Lake Luzern - PSs Unterwalden and Schiller off-Hermitage on Friday 19th August
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Zürich at Rapperswil on Tuesday 14th June
Lake Neuchâtel - PS Neuchâtel at Neuchâtel on Tuesday 7th June
Lake Brienz - PS Lötschberg at Interlaken on Monday 30th May
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Zurich on Sunday 8th May

2015
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux at Lausanne on Sunday 9th August
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux at Lausanne on Saturday 1st August
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil off- Pfäffikon on Friday 17th July
Lake Thun - PS Blümlisalp at Thun on Saturday 11th July
Lake Geneva - PS Stadt Luzern at Luzern on Sunday 28th June
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon at Nyon on Wednesday 24th June
Lake Luzern - PS Schiller at Vitznau on Monday 15th June
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Altendorf on Sunday 7th June
Lake Geneva - MPV Vevey at Le Bouveret on Monday 27th April
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse at Lausanne on Sunday 19th April

2014
Lake Luzern - PS Uri at Hergiswil on Saturday 27th December
Lake Thun - PS Blümlisalp at Hünibach on Saturday 27th December
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse at Lausanne on Tuesday 14th October
Lake Luzern - PS Stadt Luzern at Luzern on Tuesday 14th October
Lake Geneva - MPV Vevey at Le Bouveret on Wednesday 24th September
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Lausanne on Friday 5th September
Lake Luzern - PS Schiller at Luzern on Sunday 31st August
Lake Neuchâtel - PS Neuchâtel at Neuchâtel on Friday 15th August
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Zürich off-Altendorf on Saturday 9th August
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse at Lausanne on Saturday 2nd August
Lake Luzern - PS Uri at Hertenstein on Sunday/Monday 27th/28th July
Lake Luzern - PS Stadt Luzern at Luzern on Sunday 27th July
Lake Luzern - PS Gallia at Weggis on Friday 25th July
Lake Neuchâtel - PS Neuchâtel at La Sauge on Thursday 17th July
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Luzern on Saturday 5th July
Lake Geneva - MPV Vevey at Geneva on Thursday 12th June
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Luzern on Saturday 24th May

2013
Lake Geneva - MPV Vevey at Cully on Tuesday 26th November
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse at Lausanne on Thursday 17th October
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Geneva on Monday 5th August
Lake Luzern - PS Gallia at Luzern on Tuesday 16th July
Lake Luzern - PS Uri at Luzern on Tuesday 16th July
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Geneva on Thursday 11th July
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Geneva on Wednesday 10th July
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Luzern on Monday 24th June
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Zurich on Whit Sunday 19th May
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Insel Ufenau on Sunday 12th May
Lake Brienz - PS Lötschberg at Bönigen on Ascension Thursday 9th May
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Zürich at Zurich on Ascension Thursday 9th May
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Geneva on Monday 29th April
Lake Luzern - PS Uri at Luzern on Sunday 28th April
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Luzern on Friday 26th April

2012
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rappwrswil off-Richterswil on Friday 31st August
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse at Lausanne on Monday 13th August
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Luzern on Thursday 19th July
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Geneva on Thursday 19th July
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Luzern on Tuesday 3rd July
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Geneva on Friday 29th June

2011
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône off Yvoire on Friday 19th August
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux at Ouchy on Wednesday 8th June

2010
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Zürich off-Erlenbach on Sunday 15th August
Lake Luzern - PS Uri en-route to Flüelen on Sunday 30th May
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil Zurich on Sunday 25th April

2009
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil off-Schmerikon on Tuesday 8th September
Lake Como - ex-PS mv Milano off-Cremia on Sunday 23rd August
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse at Lausanne on Monday 27th July
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Geneva on Saturday 11th July
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon at Lausanne-Ouchy on Thursday 9th July
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Küsnacht on Wednesday 8th July
Lake Brienz - PS Lötschberg at Interlaken on Sunday 21st June
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Lausanne-Ouchy on Friday 24th April

2008
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil off-Zurich on Sunday 19th October
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Zürich at Zurich on Friday 5th September
Lake Thun - PS Blümlisalp at Thun on Wednesday 20th August
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux at Morges on Sunday 10th August
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Luzern on Monday 14th July
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Thalwil on Tuesday 8th July
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Insel Ufenau on Thursday 12th June
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon off-Rivaz/St-Saphorin on Monday 9th June

2007
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon at Geneva on Wednesday 31st October
Lake Brienz - PS Lötschberg at Bonigen on Tuesday 4th September
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon at Geneva on Tuesday 4th September
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux at Ouchy on Sunday 26th August
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon at Montreux and Lausanne on Sunday 8th July
Lake Como - ex-PS mv Milano at Tremezzo on Thursday 5th July
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Ouchy on Monday 25th June
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Ouchy on Wednesday 30th May
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Verkehrshaus-Lido on Sunday 27th May
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Insel Ufenau on Sunday 29th April
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon at Cully on Good Friday 6th April

2006
Lake Geneva - MPV Vevey at Evian-les-Bains on Sunday 31st December
Lake Geneva - MPV Vevey at Ouchy on Sunday 24th December
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Ouchy on Thursday 19th October
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil off-Oberrieden on Saturday 15th July
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Versoix on Tuesday 11th July
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Geneva on Monday 10th July
Lake Luzern - PS Stadt Luzern at Luzern on Wednesday 5th July
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Thalwil on Sunday 18th June
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil off-Zollikon on Thursday 15th June
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Luzern on Sunday 28th May

2005
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux at Ouchy on Thursday 7th September
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Zurich on Sunday 28th August
Lake Como - PS Concordia at Argegno on Sunday 24th July
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Clarens on Thursday 7th July
Lake Geneva - MPV Italie at Le Bouveret on Sunday 26th June
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil at Thalwil on Sunday 19th June
Lake Como - PS Concordia at Varenna on Sunday 5th June
Lake Geneva - MPV Italie at Le Bouveret on Saturday 4th June
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Lausanne on Thursday 2nd June
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Zürich at Rapperswil on Sunday 22nd May
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Vevey La Tour on Sunday 10th April

2004
Lake Luzern - PS Gallia at Vitznau on Friday 21st May
Lake Geneva - MPV Italie at Lausanne on Saturday 24th April

2003
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse at Ouchy dock on Friday 29th August
Lake Geneva - PS Simplon at Geneva on Monday 18th August
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux at Morges on Sunday 10th August
Lake Thun - PS Blümlisalp at Oberhofen on Wednesday 6th August
Lake Como 
- ex-ps mv Milano off-Urio on Sunday 27th July
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie off-Nyon on Wednesday 2nd July
There are conflicting reports which suggest (a) passengers alighted at Nyon and
(b) it continued to St-Prex where passengers transferred to road transport to connect
into PS Simplon at Lausanne - can you confirm or advise accordingly ?


2002
Lake Luzern - PS Stadt Luzern at Flüelen on Monday 26th August
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Geneva on Sunday 18th August
Lake Zurich - PS Stadt Rapperswil off-Uetikon on Wednesday 14th August
Lake Geneva - PS Montreux off-Rolle on Thursday 11th July
Lake Brienz - PS Lötschberg at Bönigen on Sunday 7th July
Lake Geneva - MPV Vevey at Geneva on Friday 12th April
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Lausanne on Sunday 7th April
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône at Villeneuve on Sunday 31st March

2001
Lake Luzern - PS Uri at Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock on Wednesday 1st August
Lake Thun - PS Blümlisalp at Beatushöhlen on Friday 20th July
Lake Geneva - PS Savoie at Montreux on Wednesday 11th July
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse off-Morges on Monday 9th April
* * *  
Do you know at what time MPV Italie was taken off the Evian "ferry" service
- for dispatch to Geneva also which motor vessel took over ?


2000
Lake Luzern - PS Schiller between Vitznau and Weggis on Thursday 20th July

1999
Lake Geneva - PS La Suisse off-St-Prix on Saturday 3rd July

1977
Lake Garda - PS G Zanardelli near Moderno during October 1977

1969
Lake Luzern - PS Schiller off Bouchs on Sunday 7th September

1956
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Kehrsiten Dorf on Monday 13th February

1928
Lake Geneva - PS Rhône and PS Genève off-Pully on Sunday 13th May

1923
Lake Luzern - PS Unterwalden at Beckenried on Thursday 30th October

Are YOU aware of any other other occasions
( or have further information on those shown above ) ?



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