paddlesteamers.info : The Internet's leading database of Paddle Steamers past and present


PS Kossuth

Kossuth in July 2012. Photo by kind courtesy of Olivier Bachmann
Built by Ganz-Danubius at Budapest in 1914 as Ferencz Ferdinand Foherczeg for Danube cruises from Budapest
Machinery : Compound Diagonal
Length : 62.4 metres

Renamed Rigo (1919), then Leanyfalu (1930)
Heavily rebuilt after World War II and returned to service in 1953 named Kossuth
Reboilered in 1965 with second hand boiler from the sunken German paddle tug Regensburg
Withdrawn after the 1978 season
Koored at Ujpest and used as the house boat and refectory for employees of MAHART
In 1984 she became a floating sanatorium, but in 1986 she was converted to a museum ship
Eventually moored at the Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid) in central Budapest as a restaurant with a small maritime museum owned by the Budapest Transport Museum
In 1995, due to lack of finances, the Museum subcontracted the ship's operation and maintenance to the private company,
Kossuth Múzeumhajó Kft  (Kossuth Museum Ship Ltd)
The 5-year contract required the company to pay a monthly fee to the museum and to renovate the vessel before a 10-year extension to the operation contract was granted.
The hull was renovated in 2000 by SKL at Komarno.
Later water ingress led to contractual argument between the various parties as to the exact scale of work undertaken during the renovation contract which is yet to be resolved.
Now marketed as the Venhajo Restaurant, run by
EURÓPA Rendezvényiroda Kft. who also operate modern vessels on Danube cruises.
The company are also partners in the ZOLTAN FOUNDATION, which owns the Nezmely Ship Museum, which provides technical management for the museum on Kossuth.
Entry to the small museum display on the engine room companionway is free. The ship is also a public restaurant with rooms available for private hire.
Taken to Komarno docks for major reburbishment work in the summer of 2008 : see internet site with photos of the work being undertaken  

s860192-02.jpg

s206012-03.JPG

s206012-12.JPG

Kossuth seen in 1988

In 2006

Aboard Kossuth in 2006




Above : Kossuth, seen on the evening of August 14th in a photo by kind courtesy of Phil Barnes.  Click here for more from this collection

Above : In 2008, Kossuth was temporarily removed from her Budapest berth for attention to her hull. She is seen here in a photo by Zsolt Szabo under tow by the museum tug Sopron.
Kossuth at Budapest in 2004.jpg
Kossuth moored on the Danube in central Budapest in 2004 : Photo by Martin Roberts

KOSSUTH PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION


2006

2009   
supplied by kind courtesy of Zsolt Szabo


Website :  
http://www.zoltanalapitvany.hu/?content=betonhajo


Return to:


Statically Preserved Steamers
Danube Historical