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Historical Database : Hungary : River Danube
Although the Austrian-based DDSG was, by the end of the 19th century, the dominant company in the shipping trade, a new organisation was formed in 1896 based in the Hungarian part of the Habsburg empire which was to become a significant player in both the freight haulage and passenger businesses. The MFTR took over the fleet of the Hungarian Railways (MAV) in 1914 and was eventually became MAHART, a company which continues to exist in the Danube freight business.


Ships marked ***** are still in existence, but not operational. Kossuth is easily accessible as a restaurant with a historical display, moored in central Budapest
Names in
light type and italics are names held by the vessels either before or after service for the MFTR

Steamers acquired from MAV in 1895

Lukacs Bela, later Csoka, Rakosi Matyas, Csongrad  : Rebuilt as passenger ship in 1918

Steamers built new for the company in 1896-1897

Deak Ferenc,  later Dunagyongye
Ersebet Kiralyne
Szechenyi Istvan
Ferencz Jozsef

later Vojvoda Francher d'Esperay, Fruska Gora, Ljubljana

later Zagreb
Imre, later Visegrad, SZOT Visegrad

Subsequent new build (1909-1914)

I Ferencz Joszef, later Karadjordje, MFTR-I, Beograd

Zsofia Foherzegno, later Zsofia Herzegno, Kocsag, Zsofia, Szabadsag

Vessels taken over from Hungarian Railways (MAV) in 1914

Algyo, earlier Hirschau, StEG Nr 1, MAV II, MAV VIII
earlier Alt Otting, StEG Nr 2, MAV I, MAV VII, later Cetinje
earlier StEG III, MAV IV, MAV V
earlier MAV III

Later new build (1916-1939)

Zita Kiralyne, later Vercse, Szent Istvan
IV Karoly, later Sas, St Imre, Felszabadulas,
Szoke Tisza *****

Ferencz Ferdinand Foherczeg, later Rigo, Leanyfalu,
Kossuth *****
Joszef Foherczeg, later Varju, Dozsa Gyorgy, Jozsef, Domos
Szent Gellert, later Tancsics, Szoke Tisza
Szent Laszlo, later Petofi ***** 
Verecke, later Koros

Later purchases (1939-1941)

Domos, earlier Leda
earlier Venus, later Dunafoldvar


Hungarian Ship Register : list of all Hungarian vessels past and present with links to vessel pages with details and photos. Indexes by owners/fleets and by vessel types (eg side wheelers , paddle tugs etc)
MAHART Passnave : The current main Danube Transport Company's Historical page

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