MPV G Zanardelli

Lake Garda

MPV G Zanardelli
Date entered service -- 1903
Builder -- Escher Wyss
Date re-built -- 1982
Length -- 49.20m
Breadth -- 6.22m
Passenger capacity -- 500
based at Riva and normally operates to/from Limone and/or Malcesine
also operates occasional charter or special sailings
Have YOU any further information about MPV G Zanardelli ?
 
8th  July 2016 The motor paddle vessel was again based at Riva for the summer from early-July and operated four round trips to Malcesine at 0855, 1145, 1535 and 1800 - the first reported sighting was not until Friday 8th July
Surely she MUST have operated earlier than that - have you seen her in service or sailed on her this year ?
 
27th September 2015 Last reported timetabled sailing of the season
The motor paddle vessel was observed operating her regular four trips from Riva on Sunday 27th September
Are you aware of any later sailings in 2015
29th August 2015 Operated a special evening fireworks cruise from Riva at 2105 on Saturday 29th August
24th  July 2015 The motor paddle vessel was again based at Riva for the summer from sometime during early-June and operated four round trips to Malcesine at 0905, 1145, 1535 and 1800 - the first reported sighting was not until Thursday 11th June
Surely she MUST have operated earlier than that - have you seen her in service or sailed on her this year ?
 
15th September 2014 Last reported timetabled sailing of the season
The motor paddle vessel was observed operating her regular four trips from Riva on Monday 15th September
Surely she MUST have operated later than that - have you seen her in service or sailed on her this year ?
30th August 2014 Operated a special evening fireworks cruise from Riva at 2105 on Saturday 30th August
24th  July 2014 The motor paddle vessel was again based at Riva for the summer from sometime during early-June and operated four round trips to Malcesine at 0905, 1140, 1525 and 1750 - the first reported sighting was not until Thursday 24th July
Surely she MUST have operated earlier than that - have you seen her in service or sailed on her this year ?
 
6th October 2013 Last planned timetabled sailing of the season
The motor paddle vessel operate her regular four trips from Riva on Sunday 6th October
  - Did YOU sail on her or can you confirm any other dates she did sail ?
4th  June 2013 The motor paddle vessel was again based at Riva for the summer and operated four round trips to Malcesine at 0905, 1140, 1520 and 1740 commencing Tuesday 4th June
However a slight change to the timetable resulted in the first journey of the day operating as a 'clockwise' triangle serving Malcesine before Limone with an opposite 'anticlockwise' triangle on the last sailing of the day
 
30th September 2012 Last timetabled sailing of the season
The motor paddle vessel operate her regular four trips from Riva on Sunday 30th September
1st  June 2012 The motor paddle vessel was again based at Riva for the summer and operated four round trips to Malcesine via Limone at 0900, 1140, 1525 (only as far as Limone) and 1700 commencing Friday 1st June
 
30th September 2011 Last timetabled sailing of the season
The motor paddle vessel operate her regular non-advertised sailings from Riva to Malcesine
All dates the MPV has been observerd in service and advised to me can be found here   - Did YOU sail on her or can you confirm any other dates she did sail ?
7th  June 2011 The motor paddle vessel was again based at Riva but has been switched to cover the later four round trips to Malcesine at 0900, 1155, 1600 and 1825 commencing Tuesday 7th June despite earlier advice from the NLG that she was planned to start on Monday 6th June
 
30th September 2010 Last timetabled sailing of the season
The motor paddle vessel was planned to operate her regular non-advertised sailings from Riva to Malcesine
All dates the MPV has been observerd in service and advised to me can be found here   - Do you have any further information ?
28th August 2010 Operated a special evening fireworks cruise from Riva at 2100 on Saturday 28th August
5th  July 2010 Owing to the breakdown of the regular car ferry mv Brennero the motor paddle vessel unusually operated the Riva based full length sailings to Desenzano and return on Monday 5th July and the following day
15th  June 2010 The motor paddle vessel was surprisingly moved to be based at Riva and now normally operates four round trips to Malcesine at 0800, 1010, 1320 and 1610
 
Spring 2009 The motor paddle vessel was observed in Pescheira dry-dock over the Whit weekend - it appears she will now have an extended overhaul which is likely to include a new engine - she remained out of service all year
 
7th September 2008 The motor paddle vessel was advertised to operate a special Air Show Cruise from Cisano (depart 1400) on Sunday 7th September but it is almost certain it was operated by another member of the NLG fleet
Summer 2008 Second and last reported sighting of the season
The motor paddle vessel was again "observed" sailing off-Sirmione on Wednesday 20th August but was apparantly laid up for the winter at Peschiera three days later with problems
Do you know if she was on a public or private sailing ?
If you know of any earlier outings or have any further information please e-mail the details
Summer 2008 First reported sighting of the season
The motor paddle vessel was " observed" sailing off-Bardolino on Sunday 22nd June
Do you know if she was on a public or private sailing ?
If you know of any earlier outings or have any further information please e-mail the details
 
30th September 2007 Last reported timetabled sailing of the season - did you see her in service after that date ?
The motor paddle vessel operated her "traditional" non-advertised sailing 16-17-18-19 on Sunday 30th September
8th July 2007 First reported sailings of the season
The motor paddle vessel unusually covered the Peschiera based roster normally oporated by her sister MPV Italia on Sunday 8th July rather than starting out from her "traditional" summer base at Desenzano
If you know of any earlier outings or have any further information please e-mail the details
 
29th September 2006 Last reported sailing of the season - did you see her in service after that date ?
The motor paddle vessel operated her "traditional" non-advertised sailing 16 on Friday 29th September
Summer 2006 No sailings by the motor paddle vessels were advertised for the summer time-table period
ssel are advertised for the summer time-table period
However, besides some private charter sailings, she was observed on numerous occasions mainly operate timetabled sailings at the southern end of the lake but, as usual, on a non-advertised basis mainly sticking to her usual two round trips commencing from Desenzano at 0840

If YOU have any further information, please e-mail me so I can post it for the benefit of other visitors to this site
25th April 2006 First sailings of the season ?
What appeared to be the motor paddle vessel was observed unusually operating sailings 34-35-36-37-38-39 on Italian National Holiday - Tuesday 25th April
Can you confirm or advise of any other dates she operated during the spring period ?
 
2nd October 2005 Last reported sailings of the season
The motor paddle vessel operated her "traditional" non-advertised sailings 16-17-18-19 on Sunday 2nd October
She can be seen returning to Desenzano harbour in the dark on what is undertood to have been her final sailing of the season
25th September 2005 The motor paddle vessel operated a special Regatta Cruise from Bardolino (depart 1400) on Sunday 25th September
Summer 2005 No sailings by the motor paddle vessels were advertised for the summer time-table period
However, besides some private charter sailings, she continued to mainly operate timetabled sailings at the southern end of the lake on numerous occasions, but, as usual, on a non-advertised basis

If YOU are aware of any other date(s), please e-mail me so I can post it for the benefit of other visitors to this site
22nd May 2005 First sailings of the season advised to me
The motor paddle vessel was observed operating sailings 16-17-18-19 on Sunday 22nd May
A possible earlier sighting on Friday 20th May after the Italian General Strike may have been the motor paddle vessel sailing light/working sailing 29 to Desenzano ready for the start of the Summer timetable
 
3rd October 2004 Last reported sailings of the season
The motor paddle vessel operated her "traditional" non-advertised sailings 16-17-18-19 on Sunday 3rd October
She can be seen emerging from the mist and entering Desenzano harbour on what is undertood to have been her final sailing of the season
4th September 2004 It is understood the motor paddle vessel operated the special Regatta Cruise from Gargnano (depart 0830) on Saturday 4th September
Can you confirm or advise otherwise ?
Summer 2004 No timetabled sailings were advertised to be operated by the motor paddle vessel
However, besides some private charter sailings, she operated timetabled sailings at the southern end of the lake vice a motor vessel on a non-advertised basis on several occasions including those days she was advised to me as being in service 

If YOU have any further information, please e-mail me so I can post it for the benefit of other visitors to this site
2nd June 2004 Shortly after 1500 suffered a problem with one of her paddles leaving Bardolino on sailing 18 on Wednesday 2nd June
The motor paddle vessel lost 30 minutes on the leg to Garda but was able to continue her roster back to Desenzano and operate as normal the following day
29th May 2004 First sailings of the season
The motor paddle vessel took over her slightly modified traditional non-advertised sailings from mv Verona at lunchtime on Saturday 29th May commencing with the 1410 Peschiera to Maderno
 
6th September 2003 Operated a special Regatta Cruise from Gargnano (depart 0845) on Saturday 6th September
Summer 2003 The motor paddle steamer was obsereved operating timetabled sailings commencing from Desenzano on many dates throughout the summer (see Sailings Summary for details of all observed sailings advised to me)
Do YOU have any further information ?
25th May 2003 First sailings of the season
Entered service earlier than expected and operated 'short' timetabled sailings 24-25-26-27-28-29 on Sunday 25th May - commencing with the 0810 from Desenzano instead of the traditional motor vessel
 
Peak-Summer 2002 Understood to have operated sailings 16-17-18-19-20-21 vice a smaller motor vessel most days during the Summer
First sighting of 2002 advised to me was on Monday 8th July
Last sighting of 2002 advised to me was "mid-August"
Do YOU have any further information ?
Did YOU sail on her or see her in service any
    earlier, later, mid-week or weekends ?
 
Peak-Summer 2001 Operated sailings 16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23 vice a smaller motor vessel during the mid-week
First sighting of 2001 advised to me was on Monday 30th July
Last sighting of 2001 advised to me was on Friday 3rd August
Do YOU have any further information ?
Did YOU sail on her or see her in service any
    earlier, later or weekends ?
 
1983 The steam engine was replaced by a diesel motor
 
1977 Ran aground in October near Moderno, sustaining severe damage to the hull
- returned to service six years later after a major re-build
 
1959 Withdrawn from service
- returned to service ten years later with the addition of a rear covered saloon
 
1942 Damaged during the war following an air attack
- returned to service in 1950
 
1903 The paddle steamer was originally launched as PS Giuseppe Zanardelli
 


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