Paddle Steamer Resources by
first steamship company on this lake in Austria's Salzkammergut was
founded in 1869 by Graf Khevenhueller-Frankenburg and the small screw
steamer "Ida" inagurated services in the same year. Ida was withdrawn
in 1872 when PS Kammer, the second of two paddlers, joined the
Operations came under the control of Ida v. Horvath in 1887, but
quickly had to be resold to Fernand Peratoner, a Viennese silk
There was no competition on lake services until 1913 when the
Elektro-Schiffahrts-Unternehmen (a subsidiary of the well-known local
narrow-gauge railway operator Stern & Hafferl) placed two small
electric boats in service.
Alma (the former Kammer) was sold after the end of World War I, but
was scrapped after the deal fell through. Rudolf Randa became the new
owner of the main Attersee operation in 1921, buying the Peratoner
company from the daughters of the original owner, who had died in
1916. Randa brought the former Traunsee screw steamer Maria Valerie
In 1923, Stern & Hafferl placed the old screw steamer Burgau in
service, but she was withdrawn with boiler trouble later the same
year and scrapped. Stern & Hafferl were, however, able to take
control of the older Attersee company during the same year.
Two smaller second-hand boats were added to the fleet (the small
Attersee, in service from 1929 to 1932 and the electro-boat
Hochlecken in 1941).
The paddler Unterach was refurbished in 1946 for further service and
in the early war years, diesel engines were built into the existing
electro-boats. Unterach was also given a diesel power unit in 1954
and electrical parts from Stern & Hafferl's old tramway cars!
Although requiring fewer staff to run, Unterach was severely
underpowered and a replacement was fitted - the existing unit being
cascaded to the last remaining of the electro-boats.
Demand for lake services declined sharply in the period after the
second world war and attempts to cut costs could not delay the
inevitable - after 1964, postal and goods services were withdrawn and
the service became a summer-only tourist operation.
A new motorship came second-hand to the lake and, renamed "Attersee"
entered service in 1974. A new Hochlecken entered service, but she
was already 46 years old when brought to the Attersee in 1977. The
demise of the "Unterach" was not far off. Problems with the motor at
the end of 1978 combined with hull problems identified during a
late-October inspection, led to the quick decision to withdraw the
108-year old veteran. She was scrapped during the following
Since 1978, services on the Attersee have been undertaken by motor
vessels - two more second-hand purchases before the first "new"
vessel built for the lake, the Weyregg, in
Unterach (ex - Franz
Ferdinand, ex - Attersee) : 1870 - 1978
Alma (ex- Kammer) :
Hubert Salvator (1894-1914)
Maria Valerie (1921-1928)