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The Four Motor Paddle Vessels built 1963/4 for the Weisse Flotte, Dresden
Operating Area : River Elbe

Above : MPV Ernst Thalmann at Terrassenufer, Dresden in 1978. Photo by kind courtesy of Kevin Hoggett
Four identical Rosslau-built diesel-electric paddlers were introduced in 1963 and 1964 (Wilhelm Pieck), Three vessels were re-named in 1991 after the fall of the Communist government, but Karl Marx, already laid up awaiting refit, never sailed under its intended new name of Daniel Poppelmann as cash for the planned work ws not available. JF Bottger was withdrawn in 1992 Two large motor vessels took the names and places in the fleet of Grafin Cosel and August der Starke for the 1994 season onwards. Poppelmann and JF Bottger were refurbished as part of a skills development programme for unemployed people but put into static use at Dresden-Neustadt dock as youth hostel accommodation ships.
Length: 69.91 m - Breadth : 7.8 m / 13.3 m overall
Diesels : 2 x 340 HP units by Schwermaschinenbau Karl Liebknecht at Magdeburg
Electrical Drives : Twin motors by VEB Elbtalwerk at Heidenau

DEPV Karl Marx - Used as a hotel ship at Dresden-Neustadt with the name "Koje"

DEPV J.F. Bottger (ex - Friedrich Engels) -
Used as a accommodation ship for the YMCA at Dresden-Neustadt

DEPV Grafin Cosel (ex - Wilhelm Pieck)
- Scrapped 1998

DEPV August der Starke (ex-Ernst Thalmann)
- Scrapped 1998
Two ships were saved for fitting out as accommodation vessels at Dresden. This photo of a YMCA (CVJM) owned ship JF Bottger was taken by Nigel Clark in 2004
Poppelmann (which never sailed under this name) has now been called "Koje"
Both are available for bookings, with particular preference given to school groups in the case of Koje and to young adults in the case of JF Bottger
See Links page for more details from the vessels' own websites

JF Bottger 2012 EC.jpg

Above : JF Bottger in 2012 - photo by kind courtesy of Enrico Crosti
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