PS La Suisse

Lake Geneva
Date entered service -- 1910
Major re-builds -- 1971 and 2009
Length -- 78.5m
Breadth -- 15.9m
Passenger capacity -- 1,200 (originally 1,500)
during the main season normally operates three anti-clockwise round trips from Lausanne round the Upper Lake
followed by an evening trip between Lausanne and Yvoire (Tuesdays to Saturdays)
 
23rd October 2016 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 920-921-922-923 - two return sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon - on Sunday 23rd October
1st August 2016 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from Lausanne on Monday 1st August
14th July 2016 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from the Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains on Thursday 14th July
17th April 2016 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 920-921-922-923 - two return sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon - on Sunday 17th April
 
18th October 2015 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 920-921-922-923 - two return sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon - on Sunday 18th October
1st August 2015 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from Lausanne on Saturday 1st August
14th July 2015 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from the Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains on Tuesday 14th July
19th April 2015 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 920-921 - morning return sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon - on Sunday 19th April..........
..........then broke down on arrival at Lausanne and was taken out of service for the next five days
Her afternoon sailings 922-923 were covered by the small Navibus mv Gèneve
 
19th October 2014 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 920-921-922-923 - two return sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon - on Sunday 19th October
2nd August 2014 Broke down at Lausanne on Saturday 2nd August and all her sailings for the day were covered by mv Général-Guisan
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1st August 2014 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from Lausanne on Friday 1st August
31st July 2014 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Thursday 31st July
14th July 2014 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from the Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains on Monday 14th July
18th April 2014 First sailings of the season
Opened the Upper Lake sailings and operated sailings 920-921-922-923 - two return sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon on - Good Friday 18th April
 
29th November 2013 Last sailings of the season
The paddle steamer completed her extended season by operating the weekday peak-hour ferry sailings 1101-1102-1103-1104-1117-1118-1119-1120-1121-1122 between Lausanne and Evian-les-Bains vice the regular ferry mv Léman until conpletion of her annual overhaul on Friday 29th November
27th October 2013 Unusually operated the winter Sunday Lunch cruise sailings 1107-1108-1109-1110-930-931 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake on Sunday 27th October and each weekend until Sunday 17th November
28th October 2013 Returned to service and took-over the peak hour ferry sailings between Lausanne and Evian-les-Bains vice the regular ferry mv Léman to allow her annual overhaul between Monday 28th October and Friday 29th November
17th October 2013 Following technical problems on Thursday 17th October the paddle steamer remained at Lausanne and sunsequently retired to dock for repairs bringing her summer season to an abrupt end
1st August 2013 Operatd a " Fireworks Cruise" from Lausanne on Thursday 1st August
31st July 2013 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Wednesday 31st July
14th July 2013 Operated a " Fireworks Cruise" from the Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains on Sunday 14th July
14th April 2013 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 920-921-922-923 - two return sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon on - Sunday 14th April
 
28th October 2012 Last planned sailings of the season
The paddle steamer was unusually planned to operate on the first Sunday of the winter timetable - but sadly a storm forced the cancellation of all sailings on the lake that day
21st October 2012 Last actual sailings of the season
The paddle steamer operated weekend sailings 920-921-922-923-1119-1120 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake followed by the final Evian-les-Bains ferry run of the day on Sunday 21st October
14th April 2012 delayed First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 920-921-922-923 on Saturday 14th April
6th April 2012 Owing to probmens on her pre-season trains, her Easter weekend timetabled sailings - originally planned to commence on Good Friday 6th April - were replaced by mv Géréral-Guisan
 
16th October 2011 Last sailings of the season
The paddle steamer operated weekend sailings 920-921-922-923-1119-1120 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake followed by the final Evian-les-Bains ferry run of the day on Sunday 16th October
30th June 2011 As a result of damage to PS Montreux resulting in her withdrawl from service for the early summer period, the paddle steamer is now planned to re-instate the evening dinner cruise from Lausanne on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only commencing Thursday 30th June
17th April 2011 First public sailings of the season
The paddle steamer operated weekend sailings 920-921-922-923 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake from the start of the Spring Timetable on Sunday 17th April
 
24th October 2010 The paddle steamer operated a special " Evening Dinner Fundraising Cruise" for the laid-up MPV Italie from Lausanne on Sunday 24th October
29th May 2010 The paddle steamer operated a series of special 100th Birthday Short Cruises" from Geneva on Saturday 29th May and from Lausanne on Sunday 30th May
25th April 2010 First public sailings of the season
The 100 year old the paddle steamer operated sailings 110-111 from Geneva vice the regular motor vessel for Swiss Navigation Day on Sunday 25th April
 
29th October 2009 The paddle steamer operated a special " Evening Dinner Fundraising Cruise" for the laid-up MPV Italie from Lausanne on Thursday 29th October
24th May 2009 Took part in the pre-season Naval Parade off-Rolle on Sunday 24th May
16th May 2009 First public sailings of the season
Following a couple of special sailings to mark her return to service for VIPs and ABVL supporters the paddle steamer operated a series of short publicity cruises from Lausanne on Saturday 16th May and Geneva on Sunday 17th May
 
Summer 2007 The large paddle steamer spent the whole summer season operating the curtailed 'Grand Race' sailings 100-103 from Geneva to Vevey and return from Sunday 27th May to Monday 17th September ......
 ......prior to entering dock for major 18 month re-build
5th May 2007 First sailings of the season
Entered service earlier than usual and replaced PS Savoie on sailings 320-321-302-303 on Saturday 5th May
 
Summer 2006 The large paddle steamer spent the whole summer season operating the curtailed 'Grand Race' sailings 100-907 from Geneva to Vevey and return from Ascension Thursday 25th May to Sunday 24th September
21st May 2006 First public sailings of the season
Took part in the pre-season Naval Parade on Sunday 21st May
 
2nd October 2005 Last sailings of the season
Operated two special sailings from Geneva to Nyon at 1100 and 1435 on Sunday 2nd October
13th August 2005 Fêtes de Genève
Operated an evening fireworks cruise (as an extension of her regular sailing 5) from several Little Lake piers to Geneva on Saturday 13th August
4th August 2005 60th Anniversary of the ONU
Operated an evening fireworks cruise (as an extension of her regular sailing 5) from several Little Lake piers to Geneva on Thursday 4th August
22nd May 2005 Operated the last season of daily "Grand Races" from Geneva to St-Gingolph and return from Sunday 22nd May to Sunday 25th September
24th April 2005 First public sailings of the season
Operated sailings 32-33 1230 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1525 return vice the smaller PS Rhône on Sunday 24th April (Swiss Navigation Day)
 
26th September 2004 Last sailings of the season
Operated four afternoon 50 minute mini-cruises from Geneva on Sunday 26th September
20th September 2004 Last timetabled sailings of the season
Operated the Rhône Express full-length sailings 2-5 on Monday 20th September
16th May 2004 Operated the first full-length round-trip sailings 2-5 from Geneva to St-Gingolph and return on Sunday 16th May
This paddle steamer covers the largest daily mileage on any of the lakes, matched only by MPV Italie which operates a similar round trip from the other end of the lake
25th April 2004 First public sailings of the season
Operated sailings 32-33 1230 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1535 return vice mv Général-Guisan on Sunday 25th April (Swiss Navigation Day)
 
22nd September 2003 Last sailings of the season
Operated the Rhône Express full-length sailings 64-155 on Monday 22nd September
30th August 2003 Cancelled - see following item
Planned to operated an evening love boat cruise from Montreux at 1900 on Saturday 30th August
29th August 2003 The paddle steamer failed to stop whilst entering Ouchy dock on the evening of Friday 29th August and hit a wall causing damage to her bow
She was immediately withdrawn from service
Repairs were completed to enable operation of private charter sailings vice PS Simplon on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September
29th May to
3rd June 2003
"G8 Summit" at Evian-les-Bains
The only steam driven paddle steamer in public service during this period - planned to operate a modified version of her daily full-length sailings 64-155, operating mainly along the Swiss Coast with unusual additional calls at Nernier, Rolle, St-Prex, Morges and St-Sulpice
3rd May 2003 First sailings of the season
Operated a special Inauguration Cruise from Lausanne depart 0910, Nyon depart 1110 and Rolle depart 1210 on Saturday 3rd May to mark the reinstatement of the Figurehead
 
16th September 2002 Last sailings of the season
Operated Rhone Express full-length sailings 64-155 on Monday 16th September
5th May 2002 Operated three short 45 minute afternoon cruises from Geneva on Sunday 5th May
28th April 2002 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 80a-110-134-91b on Sunday 28th April as a result of the accident to MPV Vevey on Friday 12th April
The paddle steamer apparantly broke down (twice ?) with about 500 passengers on board, but was able to procede after minor repairs
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17th September 2001 Last timetabled sailing of 2001 on Monday 17th September   1500 "Rhône Express" St-Gingolph to Geneva
20th May 2001 First timetabled sailing of 2001 on Sunday 20th May   0900 "Rhône Express" Geneva to St-Gingolph
19th May 2001 Return to service of PS Montreux after major rebuild
First public sailing of 2001 on Saturday 19th May   "Steamer Parade"
9th April 2001 The paddle steamer broke down off Morges on the way to operate a pre-season charter sailing from Geneva on Monday 9th April
See news page for further details
 
25th September 2000 Last public sailings of the season
operated timetabled sailings 64-155 on Monday
25th September
vice mv Chablais - 1230 from
Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1500 return
18th September 2000 Last "Rhône Express" sailings of 2000 on
Monday 18th September    0900 Geneva to
St-Gingolph and 1500 return
28th May 2000 First public sailing of 2000 on Sunday 28th May
0900 "Rhône Express" Geneva to St-Gingolph
 
31st December 1999 Special Millennium Eve cruise from Lausanne
3rd July 1999 The paddle steamer broke down off St-Prex on the
return leg of the evening cruise from Lausanne to
Yvoire on Saturday 3rd July
See news page for further details
 
27th September 1998 Last public sailing of the season on Sunday
27th September
  sailing 901 vice mv Lausanne
1200 "brunch cruise" from Lausanne


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