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Bodensee (Lake Constance), German Fleet
A Mr Bodmer of Konstanz built and operated the 21.4 metre long PS Stephanie in 1817-1818, but it was not until 1824 when two separate companies introduced steamers, that continuous steamboating was operated on the German shore of Lake Constance.

Eventually, operations came under the control of the state railway comapnies representing the three German states which bordered the lake : Baden, Wurttemberg and Bayern. In 1920, the Deutsche Reichsbahn assumed control after the separate state railways were dissolved, and from 1996, the operator has been officially known as Deutsche Bahn AG.


PS Stadt Meersburg at Meersburg in 1952 : Photo by Ian Stewart
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1817 - 1818 Schiffahrtsunternehmen des Herrn Bodmer, Konstanz

1824 - 1830 Schiffahrtsunternehmen der Herren Cotta und Church, Lindau

Friedrichshafener Dampfbootgesellschaft
From 1839: Württembergische Bodensee-Dampfschiffgesellschaft
From 1854 : Königliche Württembergische Staatseisenbahnen

1830 Dampschiffahrtsgesellschaft für den Bodensee und Rhein, Konstanz
From 1863 : Großherzogliche Badische Staatseisenbahnen

1835 Dampfboot-Aktiengesellschaft in Lindau
From 1862 : Königlich Bayrische Staatseisenbahnen

Deutsche Reichsbahngesellschaft (From 1924)

Internet Links
Bodenseeschifffahrt.de : The internet site with everything about Lake Constance ships, past and present

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