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MPV Italie (1908)
Operating Area : Lake Geneva, Switzerland
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At Geneva in September 2005 as she was prior to her 2015-16 restoration
Built 1908 by Sulzer Brothers at Winterthur, Switzerland
Engines: Compound Diagonal by Sulzer replaced by an 8 cylinder Sulzer diesel / BBC electric unit in 1956-1958. Reengined 2015-16
Length : 61.5 metres

Reengined 1956-58
Laid up after a final cruise on December 4th, 2005. She is currently at the CGN dockyard at Bellerive, close to Lausanne-Ouchy.
A full restoration, including new engines, commenced in 2015
Returned to service with a programme of short cruises from Geneva on  12/11/16 and Lausanne-Ouchy on 13/11/16

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MPV Italie lies at Bellerive dockyard on Lake Geneva, stripped down as she awaits better times. Once her quasi-sister Vevey emerges newly renovated, Italie can, with support from local enthusaist group ABVL, expect to undergo the same treatment. Much has been removed from the ship, included elements which will be replaced totally and other items which will be stored for re-installation. This has been done with the help of a local subsidised temporary jobs programme for unemployed youth. The renovation which is expected now to be at the end of 2014 will involve the installation of new diesel engines, replacing those dating from 1958.
Photo taken on 27th July 2012 by kind courtesy of Enrico Crosti





In 1988 and still with the "modern" funnel given to her when she was "dieselised"

By 2000, seen at Rolle, she was very much once again a "traditional" steamer in profile

The main deck restaurant aft, seen in 2005, her last year of service before medium-term lay-up.

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Italie at Rolle in 2000

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