PS Gallia

Lake Luzern

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Date entered service -- 1913
Builder -- Escher Wyss and Cie
Weight -- 328.9 tons
Steam Power -- 1,080 hp
Length -- 612.85
Breadth -- 14.5m
Passenger capacity -- 900
Major re-builds -- 1953, 1979 and 2004
normally operates one round trip between Luzern and Rütli or Flüelen on Sundays/Public Holidays (also daily mid-July to mid-August)
13th May 2017 Evening Steamer Parade
Took part in the special evening Parade by all five paddle steamers from Luzern on Saturday 13th May to mark the entry into service of the new mv "MS2017"
27th April 2017 First sailing of the season
Unusually operated the new Gotthard Panorama Express sailings 13-24 from Luzern to Flüelen and return on Thursday 27th April
 
23rd October 2016 Last sailings of the season
Took part in the final Sunday afternoon Tanz der Dampfschiffe from Luzern on Sunday 23rd October
29th May 2016 First timetabled sailing of the season
Operate afternoon sailings 19-22 from Luzern to Rütli and return on Sunday 29th May
21st May 2016 First sailing of the season
Joined her sister PS Schiller and operated a special charter for the "Friends" to the very far end of the lake at Seedorf for their AGM where both paddle steamers unusually double-banked at the pier on Saturday 21st May
 
18th October 2015 Last sailings of the season
Took part in the final Sunday afternoon Tanz der Dampfschiffe from Luzern on Sunday 18th October
18th September 2015 Last timetabled sailings of the season
Operated the afternoon sailings 21-30 from Luzern to Flüelen and return on Friday 18th September vice the usual motor vessel
2nd May 2015 Special Parade
Took part in a Parade by all five paddle steamers from Luzern on Saturday 2nd May
28th April 2015 First public sailing of the season
Unusually entered service early and was the only paddle steamer in service on the lake
She operated the main sailings 13-24 from Luzern to Flüelen and return on Tuesday 28th April
 
7th September 2014 Last sailings of the season
Operated afternoon sailings 19-22 from Luzern to Rütli and return on Sunday 7th September
24th May 2014 First public sailing of the season
As a result of the breakdown of her sister PS Unterwalden, the paddle steamer entered public service a day earlier than orignally planned and operated her traditional afternoon sailings 21-30 from Luzern to Fluelen and return on Saturday 24th May
 
21st September 2013 Last public sailings of the season
Operated afternoon sailings 21-30 from Luzern to Fluelen and return on Saturday 21st September
23rd July 2013 100th Birthday
Operated the morning sailing 151-152 to Küssnacht-am-Rigi to celebrate her 100th Birthday prior to operating her regular afternoon sailing to Flüelen and return on Tuesday 23rd July
17th July 2013 Suffered a rare breakdown the previous evening, resulting in her regular afternoon sailing to Flüelen and return having to be covered by mv Gotthard on Wednesday 17th July
18th May 2013 100th Birthday Parade
Was the star in her special "100 Years Old Birthday" parade along with with her other four sisters on Saturday 18th May
13th May 2013 First public sailing of the season
Unusually operated the main Wilhem Tell sailings 13-24 from Luzern to Fluelen and return on Monday 13th May
 
9th September 2012 Last sailings of the season
Operated afternoon sailings 21-30 from Luzern to Fluelen and return on Sunday 9th September
26th May 2012 First timetabled sailing of the season
Operated afternoon sailings 21-30 from Luzern to Flüelen and return on Saturday 26th May
 
11th September 2011 Last sailings of the season
Operated afternoon sailings 21-30 from Luzern to Fluelen and return on Sunday 11th September
29th May 2011 First timetabled sailing of the season
Operated sailings 7-18-25-28 from Luzern to Flüelen and Beckenried at 0912 and 1512 respectively on Sunday 29th May
14th May 2011 First public sailing of the season
Took part in the special "return to service" public parade for PS Unterwalden with with her other three sisters on Saturday 14th May
7th May 2011 First sailing of the season
Took part in the special "return to service" parade for PS Unterwalden with with her other three sisters on Saturday 7th May
 
12th September 2010 Last sailings of the season
Operated afternoon sailings 21-30 from Luzern to Fluelen and return on Sunday 12th September
23rd May 2010 First sailings of the season
Operated afternoon sailings 21-30 from Luzern to Fluelen and return on Whit Sunday
 
13th September 2009 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 9-10-19-22 (two round trips from Luzern to Beckenried at 0940 and 1245) reaching 56rpm on her final sailing
3rd May 2009 First timetabled sailings of the season
Unusually operated the first Sunday afternoon sailings 155-156 from Luzern to Küssnacht am Rigi and return on Sunday 3rd May following a private charter
2nd May 2009 First sailing of the season
Duplicated the return "Friends" sailing after the AGM at Hergiswil along with her larger sister PS Stadt Luzern on Saturday 2nd May
 
21st September 2008 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 9-20 (1000 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 21st September - the last date all five paddle steamers were in service together before PS Unterwalden was withdrawn for a major overhaul
13th June 2008 Unusually covered mv Gotthard (which had broken down) on sailings 5-16-20 including the morning Wander Express on Friday 13th June
25th May 2008 First timetabled sailing of the season
Operated her "traditional" sailings 9-20 (1001 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 25th May
19th April 2008 First sailing of the season
Took part in the 80th Birthday Parade of PS Stadt Luzern on Saturday 19th April
 
16th September 2007 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 9-20 (1001 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 16th September - the last date all five paddle steamers were advertised in service together
30th June 2007 Unusually covered the fast return Wander Express sailings 17-28 on Saturday 30th June vice the regular motor vessel
Summer 2007 Regularly operated sailings 9-20 at 1001 to Flüelen and back commencing on Whit Sunday 27th May
29th April 2007 First sailings of the season
Unusually operated sailings 71-70-157-160-159-162 to both Stansstad and Küssnacht-am-Rigi on Swiss Navigation Day - Sunday 29th April vice the regular motor vessels
 
8th October 2006 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 19-30 (1320 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 8th October vice a motor vessel
25th May 2006 First timetabled sailings of the season
Unusually operated sailings 11-22 vice the regular motor vessel on Ascension Thursday 25th May - this was a last minute substitution
13th May 2006 First sailing of the season
Took part in the special parade by all five paddle steamers to mark the 100th Birthday of PS Schiller on Saturday 13th May unusually starting from Küssnacht am Rigi
 
25th September 2005 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 9-18-23-24 (0925 Luzern to Flüelen and 1525 Luzern to Vitznau and their respective returns) on Sunday 25th September vice PS Uri
15th May 2005 First sailings of the season
Operated 'new' sailings 9-20 from Luzern to Flüelen at 1000 on Whit Sunday 15th May
 
10th October 2004 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 17-28 (1315 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 10th October vice the regular motor vessel
26th September 2004 Operated the last ever regular timetabled sailings 1013-1026 to the small pier at Seedorf at the extreme head of the lake on Sunday 26th September
21st May 2004 The paddle steamer broke down at Vitznau whilst operating sailing 11 on Friday 21st May
See News Page for further details
1st May 2004 Return to service after major rebuild
First sailing of 2004 was on Saturday 1st May - "Steamer Parade" along with the other four paddle steamers
Thereafter the paddle steamer operated a varied selection of timetabled sailings for the following three weeks
March 2004 PS Gallia
First test sailing of the paddle steamer took place on Friday 12th March - seen reversing out into the lake
February 2004 Re-launch of the paddle steamer took place at 0948 on Thursday 12th February
 
2003 Decision taken not to include a fully enclosed upper deck shelter similar to PS Uri as originally envisaged, but was replaced by a similar modification to that on PS Schiller
(ie - a wind protection wall before the upper rear deck and small bar with lift on the rear deck)

Click here for Autumn 2003 Photo Feature
 
Autumn 2001 Withdrawn from service for a major re-build (which took two and a half years)
23rd September 2001 Final sailings before withdrawal
This was also the last day that the SGV's advertised timetable required all five paddle steamers to be in service on the same day
Consequently Sunday 23rd September was the last opportunity to sail on PS Gallia before 2004 !
22nd September 2001 Made a rare appearance on the lunchtime Urnersee Express sailings 1115-20 vice the regular motor vessel on Saturday 22nd September
18th August 2001 Appeal Special
Operated a special cruise at 1230 on Saturday 18th August from Luzern to open the appeal to raise funds for its major re-build
10th June 2001 First sailings of the season
operated regular timetabled sailings 1013-1026 (1115 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 10th June - this was much later than previous years
 
24th September 2000 Last public sailing of the season
operated regular timetabled sailings 1013-1026
(1115 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 24th
September
9th September 2000 Operated the last full round trip of the day sailings
19-32
(1425 Luzern to Flüelen and 1746 return)
vice a a motor vessel on Saturday 9th September
25th August 2000 Operated weekday timetabled sailings 17-28 on
Friday 25th August vice PS Schiller
- 1315 Luzern to Flüelen and 1620 return
12th August 2000 Operated weekday timetabled sailings 17-28 on
Saturday 12th August vice PS Schiller
- 1315 Luzern to Flüelen and 1620 return
1st August 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 17-28 on Tuesday
1st August
vice PS Schiller - 1315 Luzern to Flüelen
and 1620 return, the latter sailing running non-stop
"flat-out" from Beckenried to Luzern
Swiss National Day
Annual evening Eight Ship Parade including all
five paddle steamers from Luzern to Brunnen bay
for the spectacular fireworks display
21st July 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 17-28 between
Friday 21st July and Thursday 27th July vice the
the damaged PS Schiller - 1315 Luzern to Flüelen
and 1620 return
13th July 2000 Operated weekday timetabled sailings 17-28 on
Thursday 13th July vice PS Schiller - 1315 Luzern
to Flüelen and 1620 return
30th April 2000 Swiss National Day
Unusually operated two timetabled round trips from
Luzern to Stansstad on Sunday 30th April
15th April 2000 Return to service of PS Schiller after major rebuild
First public sailing of 2000 on Saturday 15th April "Steamer Parade"
 
30th April 1994 Return to service of PS Uri after major rebuild
First public sailing of 1994 on Saturday 30th April "Steamer Parade"
 
23rd July 1983 70th Birthday
The paddle steamer was in fine fettle on the morning sailing from Luzern to Flüelen on Saturday 23rd July and crossed the Kreuztrichter at just over 56 rpm on a glorious sunny day


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