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PS Krippen
Krippen at Dresden in 2004.jpg
Above : Krippen at Dresden on 5th September 2004
Built : 1892 as PS Tetschen for service on the River Elbe out of Dresden
Builders : Werft Blasewitz (Dresden)
Length : 56 m
Engines : Single oscillating

Served until 1979 on the Elbe, sailing as "Krippen" from 1946
Sold out of the fleet in 1983 to the village of Kloschwitz on the River Saale near Halle for static community use
Spent a short time out of the water between 1987 and 1991 but damage was being done to the hull in this position
The intended use did not materialise and Krippen was sold to Mr Friedhelm Stolte of Uelzen
Returned to Dresden in 1991 where the Laubegast shipyard were to refit her for future use in Dutch waters
The venture fell through and the refit was halted. In 1992, Krippen was bought by the Junghans family of Meissen
Again, the refit did not take place, this time due to the Dresden shipyard not having available capacity to undertake the work
Moved to Lauenburg, near Hamburg, cut into three sections and moved by barge to Oldenburg on the River Hunte.
Restored and fitted with a new oil-fired boiler by the Brand shipyard. Returned to the Elbe via the Mittelland canal
Re-entered limited service on the Elbe in May 1994 for the Historische Dampfschiffs-Reederei at Meissen
Doubled up as a floating restaurant
In June/July 1995, Krippen visited Hamburg and Berlin
Once again visited Hamburg and Berlin in early 1996. From June she sailed between Bad Schandau and Decin.
Visited Prague in August 1996 and in late 1996 sailed to Dusseldorf, but financial problems were mounting
Krippen was impounded on the Rhine with bills unpaid
Chartered to the KD for service at Frankfurt on the River Main in 1997, beginning on April 19th
In November 1999 the 5-year charter was cancelled and Krippen was sold to return to the Dresden fleet
After a 15 day passage, Krippen arrived at Dresden for re-furbishment at the end of November


2004 : from the archive

Nigel Clark's Photos of Krippen in 2004

Above : Krippen (ahead of Diesbar) at Dresden on August 4th, 2014. Photo by kind courtesy of Phil Barnes.  Click here for more

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