PS Schiller

Lake Luzern

100th Birthday Parade
Saturday 13th May 2006

      photo: Robert Horlacher
Date entered service -- 1906
Builder -- Gebrüder Sulzer
Weight -- 319.87 tons
Steam Power -- 700 hp
Length -- 61.8m
Breadth -- 14.3m
Passenger capacity -- 900
Major re-builds -- 1952, 1977 and 2000
normally operates two round trips between
Luzern and Beckenried - Sundays only in the early and late season  (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"
1st May 2017 First sailing of the season
Operate the new Gotthard Panorama Express sailings 13-24 from Luzern to Flüelen and return on Monday 1st May
 
23rd October 2016 Last sailings of the season
Took part in the final Sunday afternoon Tanz der Dampfschiffe from Luzern on Sunday 23rd October
19th August 2016 At approximately 1330 on Friday 19th August whilst operating sailing 21 from Luzern to Flüelen,  PS Unterwalden suddenly swung round through 90% and collided into her sister off-Hermitage where the sailing was terminated
mv Gotthard was quickly dispatched from Luzern and the 321 passengers on board were transferred to the motor vessel which went on to complete sailings 21-30
The paddle steamer then returned light to dock for her damage to be assessed and she was back in service the following day
29th May 2016 First timetabled sailing of the season
Operate afternoon sailings 9-10-21-30 from Luzern to Beckenried/Flüelem 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
15th June 2015 Broke down at Vitznau with generator problems on the return sailing 30 from Flüelen on Monday 15th June
In consequence PS Stadt Luzern on sailing 29 had to 'double bank' at 1809 in order to pick up her passengers for onward travel to Luzern
She was still at Vitznau pier at 2010 when PS Unterwalden operating the evening Sunset Cruise also had to 'double-bank' with her but eventually left Vitznau just after 2030 under her own steam
She returned to service the following day
2nd May 2015 Special Parade
Took part in a Parade by all five paddle steamers from Luzern on Saturday 2nd May
30th 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 Thursday 30th April
 
7th September 2014 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 9-10-21-20 on Sunday 7th September visiting both Beckenried in the morning and Flüelen in the afternoon
11th May 2014 First sailings of the season
In order to release her smaller sister PS Uri to operated a special Mother's Day Lunch Cruise, the paddle steamer was rostered to cover the 0912 sailing to Flüelen followed by the 1600 sailing to Kûssnacht am Rigi on Sunday 11th May
 
8th September 2013 Last sailings of the season
Operated her usual summer Sunday 0940 and 1315 sailings 9-10-21-30 from Luzern to Beckenried and Flüelen respectively on Sunday 8th September
12th May 2013 First sailing of the season
In order to provide additional capacity on Mother's Day the paddle steamer was rostered to cover sailings 12-20 (1012 ex-Luzern) vice the usual smaller motor vessel to help take the pressure of her larger sister PS Stadt Luzern sailing one hour later on Sunday 12th May
 
22nd September 2012 Last sailings of the season
operated sailings 11-20 to Flüelen and return vice the regular motor vessel on Saturday 22nd September
27th May 2012 First timetabled sailing of the season
Owing to the breakdown of sister PS Unterwalden was pressed into service early and operated sailings 7-18 from Luzern to Flüelen and return on Swiss Navigation Sunday 29th April
 
23rd October 2011 Last sailings of the season
remained in service later than usual and operated sailings 7-18-157-158 to Flüelen and Kussnacht-am-Rigi on Sunday 23rd October
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
 
21st September 2010 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 21-30 to Flüelen on Tuesday 21st September vice a motor vessel
9th May 2010 First public sailings of the season
Unusually operated the first part of sailing 59 to Alpnachstad as far as Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock where mv Cirrus took over
She then returned light to Luzern to work the 1312 return sailing to Flüelen vice the regular motor vessel on Sunday 9th May
8th May 2010 A pre-season special return 'Friends' AGM sailing was duplicated from Bouchs on Saturday 8th May along with her sister PS Stadt Luzern
 
27th September 2009 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 7-18-155-156 on Sunday 27th September vice PS Uri visiting both Flüelen and Küssnacht am Rigi on the same day
19th May 2009 First sailings of the season
Following a couple of private charters, the paddle steamer operated the new speeded up 1312 Luzern to Flüelen and return sailings 21-30 on Tuesday 19th May vice the regular motor vessel
 
21st September 2008 Last sailings of the season
Unusually operated sailings 17-28 (1232 Luzern to Flüelen and 1530 Wander Express return) on Sunday 21st September vice a motor vessel - something she had already done on a three previois occasions in 2008
31st May 2008 Unusually operated sailings 5-16 (0832 Luzern to Flüelen Wander Express and return) on Saturday 31st May vice a motor vessel
19th April 2008 First sailing of the season
Took part in the 80th Birthday Parade of PS Stadt Luzern on Saturday 19th April
 
7th October 2007 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 19-30 (1321 Luzern to Flüelen and return) most dates throughout the season and occaioonally during the autumn timetable finishing on Sunday 7th October vice a motor vessel
19th June 2007 Unusually covered the whole of her smaller sister's roster including the evening Sunset Cruise from Luzern at 1921 on Tuesday 19th June
6th May 2007 First public sailings of the season
Operated sailings 7-18-159-162 - one round trip to Flüelen followed by the first of some spring Sunday afternoon round trips to Küssnacht am Rigi - vice the smaller PS Uri on Sunday 6th May
28th April 2007 A pre-season special 'Friends' AGM sailing was operated to Küssnacht am Rigi on Saturday 28th April along with her sister PS Uri
 
15th October 2006 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 19-30 (1320 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 15th October vice a motor vessel
19th September 2006 Unusually operated the final evening Sunset Cruise of 2006 from Luzern at 1920 on Tuesday 19th September
12th August 2006 Operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1915 on Saturday 12th August
Summer 2006 The 100 year old paddle steamer spent the majority of her Summer Season normally operating the 1320 sailings 19-30 from Luzern to Flüelen and return having commenced on Sunday 28th May
13th May 2006 100th Birthday Parade
Her four sisters joined her on a special parade to Flüelen as part of her 100th Birthday celebrations on Saturday 13th May
Her actual Centenary was the following Wednesday when she operated what was to become her regular sailings 19-30 vice the spring period motor vessel
29th April 2006 A special 'Friends' AGM sailing was operate to Brunnen on Saturday 29th April along with her sister PS Unterwalden
23rd April 2006 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 7-18-23-24 - one round trip to Flüelen followed by an afternoon round trips to Vitznau vice a motor vessel on Sunday 23rd April
 
25th September 2005 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 153-154-19-30 (1020 Luzern to Küssnacht am Rigi and 1325 Luzern to Flüelen and their respective returns) on Sunday 25th September
7th June 2005 Made a rare visit to Seedorf pier at the extreme ' head of the lake' on Tuesday 7th June and repeated it again on Wednesday 8th June vice a motor vessel on sailings 11-22
8th May 2005 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 7-18-23-24 vice her smaller sister PS Uri on Swiss Mothers Day - Sunday 8th May
 
17th October 2004 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 153-154-17-28 (1020 Luzern to Küssnacht am Rigi followed by 1315 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 17th October vice the regular motor vessels
13th August 2004 Unusually operated the "Wilhelm Tell Express" sailings 13-26 - 1120 Luzern to Flüelen and 1505 return on Friday 13th August .....
  ..... and did so again on Saturday 11th September
1st May 2004 Return to service of PS Gallia after major rebuild
Took part in the special Parade on Saturday 1st May
25th April 2004 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 71-70-157-160-159-162 - one round trip to Stansstad followed by two round trips to Küssnacht am Rigi on Sunday 25th April
 
5th October 2003 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 7-18-21-24 (0915 and 1520 from Luzern on Sunday 5th October instead of PS Uri
25th May 2003 First sailings of the season
Operated the relief "Wilhelm Tell Express" sailings 1013-1024 - 1115 Luzern to Flüelen/Seedorf and return on Sunday 25th May
 
20th October 2002 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 17-28 (1315 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 20th October instead of a motor vessel
17th July 2002 Made a rare evening appearance on the Vitznau Sunset Cruise sailings 29-36 in atrocious weather vice the regular PS Uri on Wednesday 17th July
(see picture - the saloons were full, but no-one was out on deck ! )
19th June 2002 Made a rare appearance on the lunchtime Urnersee Express  sailings 1115-20  followed by an unusual evening visit to Stansstad on sailings 85-86 vice a motor vessel on Wednesday 19th June
19th May 2002 First public sailing of the season
Operated sailings 1013-1024 - 1115 Luzern to Seedorf and 1405 return on Whit Sunday 19th May
 
27th October 2001 Last public sailing of the season
Operated sailings 17-28 (1315 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Saturday 27th October instead of a motor vessel
22nd April 2001 First timetabled sailing of 2001 on Sunday 22nd
April
- sailings 7-18 - 0915 Luzern to Fluelen and 1200 return
 
27th October 2000 Last public sailing of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 7-18 (0915 Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Friday 27th October instead of PS Uri
18th September 2000 Made a 'rare' appearance on the "Wilhelm Tell
Express
"
sailings 13-26 (1120 Luzern to Flüelen and 1505 return) vice PS Stadt Luzern on Monday 18th September
25th August 2000 Operated the 'afternoon tea' sailings 21-24 (Luzern depart 1520) on Friday 25th August vice PS Uri before duplicating PS Unterwalden on sailing 105 (Luzern depart 1920)
1st August 2000 Swiss National Day
Annual evening Eight Ship Parade including all five paddle steamers from Luzern to Brunnen bay for the spectacular fireworks display on Tuesday 1st August
28th July 2000 The paddle steamer returned to service on Friday 28th July and operated the normal sailings 17-28 (1315 Luzern to Flüelen and return)
20th July 2000 The paddle steamer suffered damage to the 94 year old mounting for the valve gear on Thursday 20th July mid-way between Vitznau and Weggis and was temporarily withdrawn from service for repairs which were completed on Thursday 27th July
16th April 2000 First timetabled sailing of 2000 on Sunday 16th April  1020 Luzern to Küssnacht am Rigi followed by varied timetabled sailings for the next three weeks (see timetables for details)
15th April 2000 Return to service after major rebuild
First public sailing of 2000 on Saturday 15th April "Steamer Parade"
6th April 2000 Special press sailing from Luzern on Thursday 6th April
14th February 2000 Re-launched after major two-year rebuild
 
Autumn 1997 Withdrawn from service for major re-build
 
30th April 1994 Return to service of PS Uri after major rebuild
First public sailing of 1994 on Saturday 30th April "Steamer Parade"
 
4th June 1977 Operated a special Share Appeal sailing from Luzern at 0530 to Flüelen and other principle piers on Saturday 4th June
 


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