Swiss and Italian Lakes
Fleets

This summary page gives direct links to all types of vessels featured on this website

Click here for illustrated Swiss and Italian Paddle Steamer Fleet Details for each lake also giving the latest known status of each paddler
name
lake
comments
mv Beatus
Lake Thun
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PS Blümlisalp
Lake Thun
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mv Brienz
Lake Brienz
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mv Chablais
Lake Geneva
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ml Col-Vert
Lake Geneva
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PS Concordia
Lake Como
The only operational paddle steamer on this lake which is just two miles from the Swiss border !
mv Europa
Lake Luzern
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mv Flüelen
Lake Luzern
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PS Gallia
Lake Luzern
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PS Général Dufour
Lake Geneva
Built 1905 and withdrawn from service after the 1967 season, surviving a further decade before being scrapped
mv Général-Guisan
Lake Geneva
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MPV Genève
Lake Geneva
Withdrawn from service in 1973 and now owned by the "L’association pour le Bateau Genève" organisation and used as an accommodation ship
retains 1934 built diesel engine
mv Gotthard
Lake Luzern
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ml Grèbe
Lake Geneva
'Rescued' PS Rhône on Sunday 31st March 2002
SS Greif
Lake Greif
The small steamship built in 1895 is the oldest operation steam vessel in Switzerland
SS Gustav Prym
Lake Murten
A small motor launch which operated on Lake Konstanz for many years was rebuilt with a 1906 steam engine and brought to Lake Murten for just the 2004 season
ml Harder
Lake Brienz
A former BLS motor launch which was to
have been auctioned off at Interlaken
on Saturday 27th January 2001
Subsequently sold and transferred to Lake Zug by road on Monday 9th April 2001 and was later renamed ml Schwan
MPV Helvétie
Lake Geneva
Withdrawn from service early 2002 and laid-up (pending finance for a new engine and a major re-build)
mv Helvétie
Lake Zurich
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mv Henry-Dunant
Lake Geneva
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PS Hohentwiel
Lake Konstanz
Normally based in Germany and
only makes occasional calls at Swiss piers
mv Interlaken
Lake Brienz
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mv Iseltwald
Lake Brienz
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MPV Italia
Lake Garda
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mv Italia
Lake Maggiore
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MPV Italie
Lake Geneva
Withdrawn from service late 2005 and laid-up (pending finance for a new engine and a major re-build)
mv Jungfrau
Lake Brienz
Transferred overland
from Lake Thun to Lake Brienz
PS La Suisse
Lake Geneva
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mv Lausanne
Lake Geneva
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mv Léman
Lake Geneva
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PS Liberty Belle
Lake Luzern
A small privately owned paddle steamer built in the UK which can usually be seen on Lake Luzern
PS Lötschberg
Lake Brienz
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mv Lucia
Lake Como
Used to duplicate a 'full-lake' sailing on Sunday 18th May 2003
PS Ludwig Fessler
Lake Chiemsee
(Bavaria)
The Maffei steam engine No. 576 was originally installed in PS Ludwig Fessler until it was replaced with a diesel engine in 1973 thus converting her into a motor paddle vessel
The steam engine was moved to Yverdon (Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland) on Saturday 12th February 2005 and ambitious plans exist to reinstall it into PS Neuchâtel
mv A Manzoni
Lake Como
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mv Milano
Lake Como
Former paddle steamer converted in 1926 to motor driven propeller vessel
retains 'traditional' appearance
PS Montreux
Lake Geneva
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mv Mythen
Lake Luzern
Operated the special Vitznau-Gersau "shuttle" following a major road blockage on Wednesday 19th November 2003
PS Neuchâtel
Lake Neuchâtel
Withdrawn from service in 1969 and subsequently used for many years as a floating restuarant
Now acquired by the Trivapor Organisation who have ambitious plans to restore the vessel back into service with a "new" steam engine - possibly as early as 2012
PS Patria
Lake Como
The derelict paddle steamer visited dry-dock during the summer of 2004, but is again laid-up awaiting finance for a major re-build
PS Piemonte
Lake Maggiore
In recent years, prior to her two year withdrawal for major repairs, has only sailed in public service at the Italian end of the lake
mv Pilatus
Lake Luzern
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PS Plinio
Lake Como
(Lake Mezzola)
Under threat of scrapping - September 2008
Withdrawn from service in 1973 and used as a static bar and restaurant at Colico (north end of Lake Como) until 1999
before being relocated to Verceia in 2000
mv Plinio
Lake Como
The new car-ferry built in 1988 which took over the name of the retired paddle steamer
mv Reuss
Lake Luzern
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PS Rhône
Lake Geneva
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PS Rigi
Lake Luzern
Withdrawn from service in 1952
then used for over 50 years as an oper-air cafeteria at the Verkehrshaus Transport Museum near Luzern
mv Rudenz
Lake Luzern
One of the Arnold company's 50 metre cargo vessels which 'rescued' PS Stadt Luzern after she ran aground at Flüelen on 26th August 2002
mv Rütli
Lake Luzern
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mv Säntis
Lake Zurich
Took over from PS Stadt Rapperswil when she broke down at on Thalwil on Sunday 19th June 2005
PS Savoie
Lake Geneva
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PS Schiller
Lake Luzern
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mv Schwyz
Lake Luzern
In view of the high bridge and funnel, the vessel cannot sail under the Acheregg road and railway bridge at Stansstad
ml Schwan
Lake Zug
The former BLS ML Harder which was sold and transferred from Lake Brienz by road on Monday 9th April 2001
PS Simplon
Lake Geneva
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PS Stadt Luzern
Lake Luzern
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PS Stadt Rapperswil
Lake Zurich
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mv Stadt Thun
Lake Thun
Spent three Summer seasons (2001-2003) "disguised" as a Dragon
PS Stadt Zürich
Lake Zurich
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mv Titlis
Lake Luzern
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PS Unterwalden
Lake Luzern
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PS Uri
Lake Luzern
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PS Valais
Lake Geneva
Withdrawn from service in 1962 and used as a CGN static office and restaurant at Geneva, Jardin-Anglais landing stage
Eventually towed to Ouchy dock on Monday 8th September 2003 for scrapping
after a failed "rescue bid"
MPV Vevey
Lake Geneva
First paddle steamer to re-enter service in 2001
mv Ville-de-Genève
Lake Geneva
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mv A Volta
Lake Como
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mv Wädenswil
Lake Zurich
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mv Waldstätter
Lake Luzern
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PS Wengi
River Aare
A Preservation Society has been formed with the aim of restoring the former Romanian Paddle Steamer Giurgiu for service on the River Aare from Solothurn
This replaced the original proposal to restore the PS Cetatea
PS Wilhelm Tell
Lake Luzern
Withdrawn from service in 1970
now used as a static bar and restaurant at
the Schweizerhofquai in Luzern
mv Winkelried
Lake Luzern
Also used to tow the static PS Wilhelm Tell to and from the SGV works in 1980, 1989 and 1997
PS  XXVIII Ottobre
Lake Como
Renamed PS Concordia in 1943
MPV G Zanardelli
Lake Garda
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Note:-  there are other motor vessels in operation on the lakes which have not yet featured on this website
 

PS - Swiss Paddle Steamer
MPV - Swiss Motor Paddle Vessel
PS - other Paddle Steamer
MPV - other Motor Paddle Vessel
PS - withdrawn Paddle Steamer
mv - Motor Vessel
ml - Motor Launch
other


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Updated - Lakes Brienz, Geneva, Luzern, Thun, Zurich, Konstanz, Maggiore, Como, Garda 30th March 2009   e-mail   (c)1999-2009 John B Bird