MPV Italie

Lake Geneva
Date entered service -- 1908
Length -- 66.0m
Breadth -- 14.0m
Major re-build -- 1958
Passenger capacity -- 560 (previously 800)
Long term "Lay-up" -- Sunday 4th December 2005
traditionally based at Le Bouveret during the Summer
(but covered by MPV Vevey for over a decade whilst MPV Italie was 'out of service'
)
 
14th February 2017 Expected to operate a special evening non-landing Valentines Dinner Cruise from Geneva on Tuesday 14th February
15th January 2017 Moved to Geneva and operated the winter Sunday Lunch cruise to Nyon on Sunday 15th January
 
31st December 2016 Operated a special New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise from Vevey and the other main Upper Lake piers
25th December 2016 Operated her first timetabled sailings since her major re-build from Lausanne on Christmas Day - Sunday 25th December visiting both Evian-les-Bains on the cross-lake ferry run and later the Upper Lake by covering the weekly winter lunchtime Lunch Cruise Château-de-Chillon
24th November 2016 Operate the first of several Thursday evening Italian Dinner Cruises from Lausanne on Thursday 24th November
11th November 2016 Operated the first of three days of special Inauguration Cruises from Lausanne and Geneva on Friday 11th November - visiting all parts of the lake over the weekend
 
2015 The motor paddle vessel entered Ouchy dry dock for a major re-build
 
December 2014 An official announcement has been made that sufficient funds have been raised to enable the motor paddle vessel to enter Ouchy dry dock in 2015 for a major re-build with a target of re-entering active service in 2016
 
30th October 2008 100 Years Old in 2008
To mark her 100th Birthday year, a special evening Dinner Fundraising Cruise was operated by PS Savoie and PS Simplon from Geneva at 2015 on Thursday 30th October
 
4th December 2005 Last sailings before long-term "lay-up"
Operated sailings 38-39-315-316 - 1230 Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon and return followed by 1545 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains and return on Sunday 4th December
Click here for a special 'photo feature' of her final day in service
6th November 2005 Despite only being pre-planned to operate on four Winter Sundays during the month, she was also called upon no less than five times to rescue mv Lausanne which was unable to sail due to strong winds
The motor paddle vessel covered the Evian-les-Bains ferry service on Thursday 17th November Friday 18th November Tuesday 22nd November Wednesday 23rd November and Thursday 24th November
30th October 2005 Made her final visit to Geneva on Sunday 30th October
Click here for a picture of her approaching Nyon on her return sailing (together with pictures in the engineroom) - note the poor state of her port paddlebox
25th September 2005 Operated the final full-length round-trip "Grand Races" sailings 1-6 - Le Bouveret - Geneva - Le Bouveret depart 0850 on Sunday 25th September
31st July 2005 Operated an evening fireworks cruise on Sunday 31st July from Le Bouveret and several other Upper Lake piers after the normal full-length timetabled sailings to Geneva and back
This was her final public 'special'sailing ever before the motor paddle vessel was "long-term" laid-up at the end of the season
26th June 2005 As a result of a cylinder head problem on Sunday 26th June the motor paddle vessel again missed her regular sailing to Geneva which was covered by the much smaller mv Chablais as far as Lausanne
See news page for further details of the remainder of the days altered workings including the motor paddle vessel later in the afternoon
4th June 2005 As a result of a minor electrical problem first thing on Saturday 4th June the motor paddle vessel missed her regular sailing to Geneva which was covered by the much smaller mv Chablais
Following very quick repairs, she unusually took over the Upper Lake 'circle' cruises which included rare Summer calls for her at St-Gingolph on the French border
6th February 2005
First sailings of the season
Re-entered service on 6th February and took over the new winter Sundays only sailings 38-39 - 1230 Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon and 1402 return
She was the first paddle vessel on any of the Swiss or Italian lakes to enter service in 2005 after a winter lay-up and remained so until the end of the winter timetable when better weather resulted in some outside passengers !
 
31st October 2004 Last sailings of the season
Operated her regulat Autumn weekend sailings 28-29-51-56 on Sunday 31st October
By the end of the season, her Sulzer Diesel Engine had clocked up a massive 1,735,541 km, making her the only Swiss paddler to have exceeded 3,000,000 km in service
20th September 2004 Operated an evening cruise from Lausanne depart 1805 on Monday 20th September combined with her final "Rhône Express" sailing of 2004 from Geneva
24th April 2004 The motor paddle vessel broke down mid-morning on Saturday 24th April after the usual 'breakfast-time' sailing to Montreux and the remainder of her roster was unusually completed by the mid-week Evian ferry mv Léman giving her a very rare visit to Geneva
Thereafter, whilst the motor paddle vessel retired to Ouchy dock for repairs both PS Rhône and mv Chablais covered her booked services
MPV Italie returned to service on Thursday 29th April
4th April 2004 The motor paddle vessel re-introduced the daily sailings from Lausanne to Geneva on Sunday 4th April after the first "new" spring weekend sailings 28-29 - 0820 Lausanne to Montreux and 0930 return
7th March 2004 First sailings of the 2004 Summer season
The motor paddle vessel re-entered service on Sunday 7th March and operated the regular winter Sundays only sailings 38-39 - 1230 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1535 return
19th January 2004 Last sailings of the 2003-04 season
Operated the 1230 lunchtime Evian ferry sailings 309-310 on Monday 19th January vice mv Ville-de-Genève which had broken a front window in the gales on the previous Saturday morning, before retiring to Ouchy dock for her annual overhaul
18th January 2004 Last advertised sailings of the 2003-04 season
Operated sailings 38-39 - 1230 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1535 return on Sunday 18th January
 
9th November 2003 Winter Sunday Afternoon Sailings
Operated the first of the Winter Sunday afternoon sailings 38-39 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and return on Sunday 9th November
(see also photo feature)
The paddle steamer is now planned to continue operating these sailings each Sunday into the start of 2004
1st August 2003 Swiss National Day
Operated an evening fireworks cruise from the Upper Lake piers after the regular round-trip to Geneva on Friday 1st August
30th March 2003 First sailings of the 2003 Summer season
Re-entered service on Sunday 30th March commencing with the full-length sailing 43 - 0850 Le Bouveret to Geneva
5th January 2003 Last sailings of the 2002-03 season
Operated sailings 64-173 - 1230 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1535 return on Sunday 5th January
 
3rd November 2002 Winter Sunday Afternoon Sailings
Opened the season of Winter Sunday afternoon sailings from Lausanne to St-Gingolphand return on 3rd November
6th October 2002 Sunday Brunch Cruises
Operated the first of four weekly Sunday brunch cruises at 1230 from Lausanne on Sunday 6th October
This year they were combined with sailing 64 instead of being operated independently by mv Lausanne
5th July 2002 Evening Dance Cruises
Operated the first of nine weekly Friday evening dance cruises round the Upper Lake on Friday 5th July
12th May 2002 Naval Parade
As a result of the popularity of the Naval Parade by the five steam driven paddle steamers, the motor paddle vessel was brought in to operate a relief 'parade' sailing from Lausanne on Sunday 12th May
26th March 2002 First sailings of the 2002 Summer season
Operated the Lausanne - Evian-les-Bains ferry sailings on Tuesday 26th March
17th February 2002 Last sailings of the 2001-02 season
Operated sailings 64-173 - 1230 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1547 return on Sunday 17th February
12th January 2002 Winter Saturday Ferry Sailings
Operated the timetabled Lausanne - Evian-les-Bains ferry sailings on Saturdays from 12th to 26th January
 
9th December 2001 Winter Sunday Afternoon Sailings
Operated the Sunday afternoon sailing from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and return from 9th December
3rd November 2001 Winter Weekend Ferry Sailings
Operated the timetabled Lausanne - Evian-les-Bains ferry sailings on Saturdays and Sundays throughout November
1st August 2001 On Wednesday 1st August operated a fireworks cruise from Le Bouveret to Lausanne after the normal timetabled sailings
14th July 2001 On Saturday 14th July operated a fireworks cruise from Le Bouveret to Evian-les-Bains after the normal timetabled sailings
4th July 2001 The first of a season of regular Evening Dance Cruises took place on Wednesday 4th July
14th January 2001 Regular winter sailings at last !
The motor paddle vessel operated the Sunday timetabled sailings 64-173 (1230 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1547 return) commencing on Sunday 14th January
 
15th November 2000 Last minute substitution
Operated timetabled sailings 301-302-303-304-33-50-65-76-95-164-157-180-179-206-217-232 on Wednesday 15th November vice mv Léman which spent the day in Ouchy dock
1st August 2000 On Tueday 1st August operated a fireworks cruise from Le Bouveret to Lausanne after the normal timetabled sailings
14th July 2000 On Friday 14th July operated a fireworks cruise from Le Bouveret to Evian-les-Bains after the normal timetabled sailings
1st April 2000 First public sailing of 2000 on Saturday 1st April 1030 Geneva to Yvoire
 
1958 Returned to service with a new Sulzer Diesel Engine
 
1955 Withdrawn from service at the end of the season and her steam engine removed after 1,317,647 km


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