PS Savoie

Lake Geneva
Date entered service -- 1914
Length -- 68.0m
Breadth -- 14.3m
Major re-build -- 1967
Passenger capacity -- 800
normally operates 'local' sailings from Geneva
to Hermance or Yvoire
 (late-April until mid-October)
 
25th May 2017 Planned to move back to Geneva amd operate her normal sailings 304-305-326-327-386-387 from Geneva to Hermitage or Yvoire for the remainder of the season commencing Ascension Thursday 25th May
14th April 2017 First sailings of the season
Owing to her larger sister PS La Suisse covering the Evian-les-Bains ferry servic, planned to operate the early season sailings 920-921-922-923 - two return sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon - on Good Friday 17th April
 
30th October 2016 Last sailings of the season
Unusually operated the first winter Sunday Breakfast and Lunch sailings 1107-1108-1109-1110-930-931 from Lausanne to both Evian-les-Bains and Châ:teau-de-Chillon on Sunday 30th October
This was the first time the paddle steamer had operated timetabled sailings outside the Little Lake for many years
22nd May 2016 Naval Parade
Took part in the Naval Parade which took place off-Morges on Sunday 22nd May
17th April 2016 First timetabled sailings of the season
Operated sailings 304-305-326-327 - from Geneva to Hermitage then Yvoire - on Sunday 17th April
16th April 2016 First sailings of the season
Operated a special pre-season sailing from Lausanne to Geneva on Saturday 16th April
 
18th October 2015 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 304-305-326-327 - lunch cruise from Geneva to Hermance followed by an afternoon cruise to Yvoire on Sunday 18th October
24th May 2015 Naval Parade
Took part in the Naval Parade off-Rolle on Sunday 24th May
This was her only public sailing of the year outside the "Little Lake"
19th April 2015 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 304-305-305-307 - from Geneva to Hermitage then Yvoire - on Sunday 19th April
 
19th October 2014 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 304-305-326-327 - lunch cruise from Geneva to Hermance followed by an afternoon cruise to Yvoire on Sunday 19th October
25th May 2014 Naval Parade
Took part in the Naval Parade which took place off-Vevey on Sunday 25th May
This was her only public sailing of the year outside the "Little Lake"
18th April 2014 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 304-305-326-327 - lunch cruise from Geneva to Hermance followed by an afternoon cruise to Yvoire on Good Friday 18th April
 
15th December 2013 Last sailings of the season
As a result of damage to MPV Vevey at Cully on Thursday 26th November, the paddle steamer remained in service longer than originally planned and finally operated sailings 330-331-738-739-740-741 on Sunday 15th December
 5th August 2013 Once again the paddle steamer was unable to operate her lunchtime sailing from Geneva due to technical problems on Monday 5th August resulting in the small mv Morges having to opeate the sailiing to Hermitage and return yet again
Repairs were undertaken in time for the afternoon sailing to Yvoire
 10th/11th July 2013 The paddle steamer was unable to operate her lunchtime sailing from Geneva due to technical problems on Wednesday 10th July resulting in the small mv Morges having to opeate the morning sailiing to Hermitage and return, but temporary repairs were undertaken in time for the paddle steamer to operate her regular afternoon sailing to Yvoire
However on the second day running the paddle steamer brokedown again at Geneva after her lunchtime cruise resulting in her afternoon sailing to Yvoire having to be cancelled on Thursday 11th July
Unusually PS Rhône made a rare call (for her) at Hermitage on the next sailing to set down return passengers
Further repairs were undertaken in time for the paddle steamer to operate her regular evening sailing to Yvoire
 29th April 2013 The paddle steamer broke down on Monday 29th April and was unable to sail resulting in the cancellation of her lunch-time sailings 304-305 to Hermance
Her afternoon sailings 326-327 to Yvoire were covered by the much smaller mv Morges
Repairs were undertaken the same day and the paddle steamer was able to resume her normal schedue the following day
14th April 2013 First sailings of the season
Opened the Lake Geneva 2013 season and operated the "Little Lake" sailings 304-305-326-327 on Sunday 14th April
 
 9th October 2012 mv Général-Guisan was replaced on her normal autumn sailings 920-921-922-923 by PS La Suisse on Tuesday 9th October enabling the motor vessel to sail to Geneva and tow the paddle steamer back to Ouchy dock for repairs
 29th June 2012 Following mechanical damage to the port paddle shaft of the paddle steamer on Friday 29th June she remained tied-up at Geneva Jardin-Anglais pier for the remainder of the 2012 season, but still offered "lunchtime" and "evening" meals
Initially there was spare vessel in the CGN fleet to cover, so ALL of her booked sailings were cancelled but subsequently mv Général-Guisan was transferred to Geneva on Sunday 8th July to re-instate the afternoon and evening sailings to Yvoire
6th April 2012 First sailings of the season
Opened the Lake Geneva 2012 season and operated sailings 304-305-326-327 on Good Friday 6th April
owing to problems with her larger sister (PS La Suisse) - she was the only GCN paddle steamer to sail over the Easter weekend
 
16th October 2010 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 304-305-326-327 on Sunday 16th October - the last day of the Autumn timetable
17th April 2011 First sailings of the season
Operate sailings 304-305-326-327 on Sunday 17th April
 
24th October 2010 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 324-325-302-303 on Sunday 24th October - the last day of the Autumn timetable
2nd May 2010 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 324-325-302-303 on Sunday 2nd May
 
25th October 2009 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 324-325-302-303 on Sunday 25th October - the last day of the Autumn timetable
22nd May 2009 First public sailings of the season
Eventually operated the "Little Lake" sailings 320-321-302-303 from Geneva on Friday 22nd May
26th April 2009 First planned sailings of the season
Originally planned to operate the "Little Lake" sailings 320-321-302-303 from Geneva on Swiss Navigation Sunday - 26th April but this was cancelled after the paddle steamer failed her trials on Friday 24th April
In the end her sister MPV Vevey covered most of her sailings until her return on Wednesday 20th May
 
2nd November 2008 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 320-321-302-303 on Sunday 2nd November - the last day of the Autumn timetable
30th October 2008 The paddle steamer operated a special "Evening Dinner Fundraising Cruise" (duplicated by her larger sister PS Simplon) for the laid-up MPV Italie from Geneva on Thursday 30th October
27th April 2008 First sailings of the season
Operated the "Little Lake" sailings 320-321-302-303 on Swiss Navigation Sunday 27th April
 
28th October 2007 Last sailings of the season
Finished much earlier than 2006 after operating sailings 320-321-302-303 on Sunday 28th October - the last day of the Autumn timetable
29th April 2007 First sailings of the season
Operated the "Little Lake" sailings 320-321-302-303 on Swiss Navigation Sunday 29th April
 
30th October 2006 Regular Winter Paddle Steamer Sailings
For the first time since 1938 a paddle steamer remained in daily service from Geneva during the winter until Saturday 23rd December and also operated some short "Belles Rives Genevoises" afternoon cruises in the Little Lake as well as the regular lunch cruise
11th July 2006 The paddle steamer broke down for the second time in two days on her return Afternoon Cruise on Tuesday 11th July and she was diverted to and terminated her sailing 311 at Versoix
It took a further two days for the broken rod of a safety-valve of the 92 year old steam engine to be repaired before returning to normal service on Friday 14th July
The new small mv Lavaux covered her sailings on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July
10th July 2006 The paddle steamer broke down at Geneva at the end of her Lunch Cruise on Monday 10th July but following quick repairs she was back in service in time for her Evening Cruise
Passengers left stranded at Yvoire (France) were rescued by her larger sisters
2nd July 2006 From Sunday 2nd July the 're-built' paddle steamer spent her first summer season back in service operating the 'short' Geneva based cruises which for the last couple of summers had been covered by MPV Vevey
(PS Simplon covered these sailings during the Early Summer period
)
20th May 2006 The paddle steamer returned to service with for a special Inauguration sailing from Geneva on Saturday 20th May and also took part in the Naval Parade off-Rolle the following day
 
2004-2005 The paddle steamer was not in sevice as she was undertaking a major two-year re-build at Ouchy Dock, Lausanne
 
22nd September 2003 Last public sailings of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 30-91a-80b-191 on Monday 22nd September
- 0930 and 1400 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and back
1st August 2003 Swiss National Day
Operate an evening fireworks cruise from Lausanne (depart 2030) on Friday 1st August after the regular sailings 80-191
2nd July 2003 The paddle steamer terminated her sailing 80 at Nyon on Wednesday 2nd July and was replaced for the rest of the day by the larger PS Simplon
18th May 2003 First timetabled sailings of the season
Started the two-day roster on Sunday 18th May alternating with the smaller mv Henry-Dunant
11th May 2003 First sailings of the season
Re-enter service on Sunday 11th May for the five paddle steamer Naval Parade
 
29th September 2002 Last public sailings of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 30-91a-80b-191 on Sunday 29th September
- 1000 and 1400 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and back
Summer 2002 First timetabled sailings of the season
Operated the two-day roster alternating with the small refurbished mv Henry-Dunant
  day one - 0930 Lausanne to Geneva via St-Gingolph
  day two - 1015 Geneva to Lausanne via St-Gingolph

12th May 2002 First public sailing of the season
Took part in the six paddle steamer Naval Parade on Sunday 12th May commencing from Nyon at 1245
 
30th September 2001 Last public sailings of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 30-91a-80b-191 on Sunday 30th September - 1000 and 1400 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and back
Summer 2001 Normally operated the two-day roster alternating with MPV Vevey
  day one - 0930 Lausanne to Geneva via St-Gingolph
  day two - 1015 Geneva to Lausanne via 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"
 
7th October 2000 Last public sailings of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 43-172 on Saturday 7th October instead of MPV Italie - 1100 Lausanne to Geneva and back
18th September 2000 Operated sailings 80-191 on Monday 18th September
(the last day of the daily timetabled sailings) - 1700 St-Gingolph to Lausanne
8th August 2000 The paddle steamer visited Ouchy works for repairs on Tuesday 8th August and Wednesday 9th August and was replaced on the two-day roster by PS Rhône
18th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 65-76-95-173-175-202-199-234 on Sunday 18th June instead of mv Général-Guisan
- 1230 "lunch cruise" from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains followed in the afternoon by the 1415 sailing round the Upper Lake and two ferry runs from Lausanne at 1815 and 1935
17th June 2000 Following a special sailing in connection with the Bol d'or Regatta on Saturday 17th June, operated the 1815 and 1935 evening cruise sailings 175-202-199-234 from Lausanne instead of mv Général-Guisan
- this included sailing along the French coast with rare calls for this paddle steamer at Amphion-les-Bains and Thonon-les-Bains, as this vessel normally sails daily along the Swiss coast
Summer 2000 Normally operated the two-day roster alternating with MPV Vevey
  day one - 0930 Lausanne to Geneva via St-Gingolph
  day two - 1020 Geneva to Lausanne via
St-Gingolph
28th May 2000 Start of daily timetabled sailings Sunday 28th May sailings 36-91  0930 Lausanne to St-Gingolph
30th April 2000 First public sailing of 2000 on Sunday 30th April sailings 64-155  1230 Lausanne to St-Gingolph
 
Summer 1999 Transferred to the two-day roster alternating with MPV Vevey instead of MPV Montreux (then under rebuild)
  day one - 1000 Lausanne to Geneva via St-Gingolph
  day two - 1030 Geneva to Lausanne via St-Gingolph
 
17th April 1962 A violent storm on the night of 17th-18th April caused serious damage to the paddle steamer whilst moored at Ouchy and she was withdrawn from service at the end of the season
It was not until 1966 that she was able to return to service
 
23rd May 1914 The inaugural voyage took place on 23rd May


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