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27th December 2014

Lake Luzern
PS Uri caught fire near Hergiswil on her lunch cruise sailing 681 on Saturday 27th December and her 89 passengers were safely landed at the pier
Firefighters put out the fire and the paddle steamer was later towed to Luzern Dock by
mv Europa to undertake repairs for return to service in summer 2015
mv Europa then covered the evening 'Raclette cruise' that evening and went on to cover the paddle steamer ' lunch sailings' on Sunday 28th December and Monday 29th December
Meanwhile
PS Unterwalden was rapidly awoken from her winter slumbers and steamed on the Sunday then after a quick test sailing returned to quay two ready to operate the teatime Macaroni cruise sailing 675
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp developed problems with her diesel generator on her first sailing of the day which was terminated short in stormy weather at Hünibach and she returned direct to Thun resulting in the remainder of her morning sailings 111-112 to and from Beatenberg being cancelled
The afternoon sailaings 15-16 on
Saturday 27th December and all sailings on Sunday 28th December were covered by the much smaller mv Schilthorn
The paddle steamer returned to service on Monday 29th December
25th December 2014
All lakes
Christmas Day - Thursday 25th December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated a Lunch Cruise from Geneva to Nyon at 1220 on Christmas Day - Thursday 25th December 
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a Christmas Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Christmas Day - Thursday 25th December and again on Boxing Day - Friday 26th December
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1010 and 1240 on Christmas Day - Thursday 25th December then daily until Sunday 4th January
24th December 2014
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Wednesday 24th December
14th October 2014
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse was unable to sail on Tuesday 14th October due to a problem with her paddle wheel at Lausanne
She was immediately taken out of service, being replaced by mv Général-Guisan and mv Valais
She returned to service the following day operating a private charter and re-commenced timetabled sailings on Thursday 16th October
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern broke down early on Tuesday 14th October (reason unknown) and mv Waldstätter was summoned to cover the Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-24 from Luzern at 1112
She was quickly repaired to enable her to operate a charter sailing that evening
10th October 2014
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Fondue Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 10thh October
24th September 2014
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey broke down on Wednesday 24th September and was unable to operate the Upper Lake "Circle" cruises
It is understood mv Général-Guisan was sent out from Lausanne immediately after operating her morning Thonon-les-Bains ferry sailings
She took over the Upper Lake sailings and the official CGN website showed the service as "operating without full catering from 1100"
She remained overnight at Le Bouveret and also covered all the Upper Lake "Circle" sailings on the Thursday
The motor paddle vessel returned to normal service on Friday 26th September
13th September 2014
Lake Como
PS Patria operate her final evening Party Cruise of 2014 from Como to Tremezzo at 1630 on Saturday 13th September
5th September 2014
Lake Como
PS Patria operated an evening Party Cruise from Como to Carate Urio at 1800 on Friday 5th September
Lake Geneva
PS Rhône broke down at Lausanne prior to service on Friday 5th September (reason unknown) and all her sailings were covered by the small mv Lavaux
31st August 2014
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller broke down on Sunday 31st August (reason unknown, other than it is understood there was a loud "hissing" noise coming from the engine)
mv Gotthard was diverted from her planned Alpnachstad sailing to become the second "acting" paddle steamer of the day to operate to Flüelen
30th August 2014
Lake Como
PS Patria operated an evening Party Cruise from Colico to Gravedona at 1730 on Saturday 30th August
15th August 2014
Lake Neuchâtel
Following a noticable "smell" whilst in service the previous day, PS Neuchâtel broke down at Neuchâtel on Friday 15th August and was immediately taken out of service
There was a major problem with the boiler (which was still under Warranty)
The refractory lining at the end of the combustion chamber was letting go, causing abnormal overheating and both Shiptec and Garoni started to solve the problem
All her sailings had to be covered by motor vessels with mv Ville de Neuchâtel operating to Lake Murten on the first day
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 15th August
14th August 2014
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise from Rorschach at 1000 on Thursday 14th August
9th August 2014
Lake Como
PS Patria operated an evening Party Cruise from Como to Nesso at 1730 on Saturday 9th August
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich broke down off-Altendorf on her outward sailing 107 from Zürich to Schmerikon on Saturday 9th August and her return sailing was cancelled
After some 'on the spot' repairs she managed to reach Lachen where all her passengers disembarked and they had to return by land
From the following day her sister PS Stadt Rapperswil had to 'hold the fort' on her own with other sailings advertised for a paddle steamer having to be covered by a motor vessel as happened for the latter-part of 2012
3rd August 2014
Lake Como
The planned evening Party Cruise from Como to Brienno on Sunday 3rd August was cancelled due to thunderstorms earlier in the day
2nd August 2014
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse was unable to sail when a paddle float worked lose during the warming up process at Lausanne and damaged the mechanisme of the paddle wheel on Saturday 2nd August
She was immediately taken out of service, being replaced by mv Général-Guisan on the Saturday and Sunday and mv Lausanne on the Monday before returning to service on Tuesday 5th August
1st August 2014
All lakes
Swiss National Day - Friday 1st August
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Lausanne at 2030 on Friday 1st August
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise from Rorschach at 1000 on Friday 1st August
Lake Luzern
Fireworks at Brunnen
All five paddle steamers paraded in convoy followed by some of the motor vessels from Luzern at 1945 to Brunnen for the annual fireworks display on Friday 1st August
Lake Neuchâtel
Instead of her regular timetabled Friday sailings PS Neuchâtel operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Neuchâtel at 2000 on Friday 1st August
Lake Thun
In additional to the regular afternoon timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16   PS Blümlisalp took part in the annual evening naval parade from Thun at 2020 along with most of the lake's motor vessels on Friday 1st August
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an Evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2015 on Friday 1st August after her timetabled sailing to Schmerikon
31st July 2014
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks cruise from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Thursday 31st July
27th/28th July 2014
Lake Luzern
PS Uri broke down at Hertenstein on return sailing 24 from Flüelen whilst covering for her broken down sister PS Stadt Luzern due to yet more problems with her replacement generator
In consequence her 400 passengers were transferred to PS Gallia to return to Luzern
She later made her own way back to the dock at Luzern and she remained out of service on Monday 28th July whilst repairs were undertaken - she had again been planned to cover her larger sister PS Stadt Luzern on the 1112 Wilhalm Tell Express due to her breakdown the previous day, but in the end it was left to PS Schiller to do the honours
Not the best of days for the SGV with only three of the five advertised paddle steamers actually in service - a very poor 60% availability - fortunately not affecting too many passengers as the weather was poor
She returned to service on Tuesday 29th July - again covering for her broken down sister PS Stadt Luzern
27th July 2014
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern broke down on Sunday 27th July (reason as yet unknown - although 'strange' noises were heard coming from the engine on the previous day)
mv Waldstätter was quickly summoned to cover the 0912 sailing from Luzern allowing the smaller PS Uri to 'step-back' to the busy Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-24 at 1112
The same arrangement "was" initially also planned for (see above)
She returned to service on Tuesday 29th July in time for the busy Swiss National Day weekend
25th July 2014
Lake Brienz
100th Birthday
PS Lötschberg operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Interlaken at 1915 on Friday 25th July
Lake Como
PS Patria operated an evening Party Cruise from Como to Argegno at 1730 on Friday 25th July
Lake Luzern
PS Gallia broke down for half-an-hour at Weggis on Friday 25th July whilst repaiors were undrertaken - eventually arriving Luzern at approximately 1710
In consequence her sister PS Stadt Luzern had to cover her "after-work" sailings 29-38
19th July 2014
Lake Como
PS Patria operated an evening Party Cruise from Como to Lenno at 1630 on Saturday 19th July
18th July 2014
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 18th July
17th July 2014
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel broke down at La Sauge pier on the return sailing 64 from Morat on Thursday 17th July
The following service - the Three Lakes Tour operated by mv Isle St. Pierre on her return sailing to Biel - double-banked and took all the passengers back to Neuchâtel - leaving with a very full load
This was the first time there had been a problem in public service and it is understood one of her burners failed to restart - however after quick repairs she was able to return light half an hour after her passengers had left and re-entered service the following day
A motor vessel covered her afternoon sailings 207-209-210
14th July 2014
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Lausanne at 2015 to the display at Evian-les-Bains on Monday 14th July
12th July 2014
Lake Como
PS Patria operated an evening Party Cruise from Colico to Dongo at 1700 on Saturday 12th July
11th July 2014
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Kreuzlingen at 1900 on Friday 11th July
5th July 2014
Lake Como
PS Patria operated an evening Party Cruise from Como to Torno at 1800 on Saturday 5th July
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden FAILS YET AGAIN on Saturday 5th July !
She was immediately taken out of service on the first day of the peak season when all five paddle steamers are advertised in public service
mv Waldstätter was quickly summoned to cover her lunch and afternoon cruises before PS Uri was given an extended day to cover the evening "sunset cruise"
IT SEEMS THE SGV MANAGEMENT SIMPLY "THREW IN THE TOWEL" as NO attempt was made to cover her with another paddle steamer on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday - instead they have simply planned mv Waldstätter to cover all her sailings, including the "Sunset Cruise"
Initially the "fahrordnung" only showed detailed changes due to her non-availibility up to and incluing Monday but this was subsequently changed to include up to the following Friday
She eventually returned to service on Saturday 12th July after taking a full week for repairs
28th June 2014
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 28th June
22nd June 2014
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Romanshorn at 1900 on Sunday 22nd June
21st June 2014
Lake Como
PS Patria operate an evening Party Cruise from Como to Lezzeno at 1700 on Saturday 21st June
This was her first public cruise for nearly two and a half decades following stage one of her major re-build
12th June 2014
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey collided with Geneva Mont Blanc pier on return non-stop sailing 321 from Yvoire on Thursday 12th June and sustained damage to both her bow at the pier and stern when she came into contact with the adjacent bridge
After off-loading her passengers she returned light to Ouchy dock before being taken out of service for repairs
In consequence most of her planned sailings from Friday 13th June were either replaced by a smaller motor vessel or in limited cases cancelled
This was her second mishap following her major re-build - her first on Tuesday 26th November and had similarities to her accident at Geneva on Friday 12th April 2002
She returned to service on Friday 27th June when she took over thr Le-Bouveret based sailings
9th June 2014
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two International Cruises from Altnau to Hagnau (Germany) at 1150 and 1415 on Monday 9th June
29th May 2014
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated three Two Hour Cruises from Yverdon-les-Bains to Concise at 1000,  1215 and 1435 on Ascension Thursday 29th May
Similar cruises also operated on Friday 30th May and Saturday 31st May
Lake Thun
As Ascension Thursday is both 'mid-week' and a 'local holiday' PS Blümlisalp unusually operated morning, afternoon and evening timetabled sailings from Thun at 1010, 1240 and 1840 on Ascension Thursday 29th May
24th May 2014
Lake Luzern
Following technical problems on a pre-season "test sailing" PS Unterwalden was still "under repairs" on the first day of the summer season resulting in her sisters having to be juggled round to cover most of her sailings (except to Alpnachstad as none of them can sail under the Acheregg road and railway bridge at Stansstad
She eventually returned to service on Tuesday 3rd June after extensive repairs
Lake Neuchâtel
Following many decades out of service PS Neuchâtel finally returned to public service and took over some of the Neuchâtel based sailings as part of LNM fleet on the Three Lakes commencing Saturday 24th May with a sailing to Estavayer-le-Lac
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated a rare evening " Dinner Cruise" from Rapperswil to the Obersee at 2000 on Saturday 24th May as part of her 100th birthday celebrations
23th May 2014
Lake Zurich
The 100 year old PS Stadt Rapperswil was the star of a special "Jubliee Parade" from Zurich along with her sister PS Stadt Zürich and the 50 year old mv Helvetia at 1630 on Friday 23rd May as part of her 100th birthday celebrations
3rd May 2014
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two International Cruises from Arbon to Friedrichshafen (Germany) at 1025 and 1315 followed by an evening Dinner Cruise at 1900 on Saturday 3rd May
27th April 2014
All lakes
Swiss Navigation Day - Sunday 27th April
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon operated sailings 120-121 from Geneva to Lausanne and return vice the smaller MPV Vevey on Sunday 27th April
Lake Zurich
In addition to PS Stadt Rapperswil operating her usual sailings 109-110 from Zurich at 1230 PS Stadt Zurich re-entered service and operated the first full-length sailing to Schmerikon of 2014 on Sunday 27th April
26th April 2014
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon operated a pre-season charter sailing for the ABVL from Evian-les-Bains to Geneva - via Lausanne - after the AGM on Saturday 26th April prior to entering public service the following day
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an evening "Dinner Cruise" from Zurich at 2000 on Saturday 26th April
18th April 2014
All lakes
Easter Weekend
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse and PS Savoie joined MPV Vevey to open the CGN 2014 Summer season and operate sailings from Lausanne and Geneva on Good Friday 18th April
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern opened the SGV 2014 Summer season and operated sailings 13-24 from Luzern to Flüelen and return on Good Friday 18th April
She also operated the same sailings on Easter Monday 21st April
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperwil operated the lunchtime sailings 109-110 from Zurich to Rapperswil and return on Good Friday 18th April
She also operated the same sailings on Easter Monday 21st April
11th April 2014
Lake Neuchâtel
Following many decades out of service PS Neuchâtel finally re-entered service commencing with three 90 minute Return to service private charter sailings from Neuchâtel on Friday 11th April and repeated the following day
6th April 2014
Lake Zurich
Following a private charter on the previoius day PS Stadt Rapperswil operated the lunchtime sailings 109-110 from Zurich to Rapperswil and return on Sunday 6th April
This made her the first Swiss steam powered paddle steamer to re-enter service for the 2014 season
She also operated the same sailings on both Sundays 13th and 20th April
29th March 2014
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte operated a special International Charter Cruise from Luino (Italy) to Locarno at the Swiss end of the lake on Saturday 29th March together with a special historic connecting train from Luzern
14th February 2014
Lake Geneva
 MPV Vevey operated a special Evening Valentines Dinner Cruise from Geneva on Friday 14th February
2nd Ferbruary 2014
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey returned to service and operated the winter timetabled Sunday Lunch Cruise from Geneve to Nyon on Sunday 2nd February and on subsequent Sundays throughout the winter timetable
1st January 2014
All lakes
New Year's Day - Wednesday 1st January
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a New Year's Day Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1030 on New Year's Day - Wednesday 1st January
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1010 and 1240 on New Year's Day - 1st January then daily until Sunday 5th January
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