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A former buoy tender vessel, she was latterly laid up in derelict condition on the Danube at Giurgiu, She sailed until 1991. With surviving Escher-Wyss compound diagonal machinery dating from 1903, the ship originally built at Turnu-Severin, attracted the attention of Swiss preservationists with a view to using the hull in a proposed replica of the River Aare paddler Wengi (1856). The Romanian government, however, decided she should remain locally and may now become a museum ship. In August 2010 she was sold to beer and cigarette retailer Nicost SRL of Galati for 7903 Euros at an auction held by the Lower Danube River Administration.

Despite the optimism that she would be renovated for service but was undertood to have been scrapped in Giurgiu in 2011

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Above : Catacea in 2009 -  by kind courtesy of Cristan Munteanu

For more information please go to Cristian's website ( on the links below: Follow links at foot of the web page for photograph albums

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