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Geneve (1896-1973) : Converted to diesel in 1934. Moored at Geneva.
General Dufour, a near sister
to Montreux, but never "dieselised" and the smaller Major Davel fell
victim to the modernisation and motorisation of the mid-1960s. The
replacement of older tonnage had begun after
Valais (a relatively young vessel) was
unexpectedly withdrawn with boiler trouble and moored at Geneva's
Jardin des Anglais as a restaurant and office, replacing PS France
which had long served in that role.
Major Davel was sold in 1970 for use at Ripaille, near Thonon, on the
French south bank of the lake, but quickly fell into neglect at
Thonon. She survived for many years in a deteriorating condition
before being scrapped in 1990.
Lausanne, which had been converted to diesel operation in 1949, was
finally withdrawn in 1977 after several years as the reserve vessel.
No further use was found for her.
Valais was finally removed from her Geneva berth and scrapped in 2003
Valais (1913-1962 :
General Dufour (1905-1967)
Major Davel (1892-1967 : Scrapped 1990)
Simplon (1879-1917) renamed Guillaume-Tell in 1915
Mont Blanc (1875-1940) renamed La Suisse in 1893 after a rebuild and Evian in
La Fleche (1866-1912) renamed Ville-de-Geneve in 1872 and Guillaume
Tell in 1893
Dranse (1859-1873) renamed Mont Blanc in 1864
Leman (1857-1939) Hull re-used for screw motor vessel Leman (1942-1983, scrapped in 1989)
Aigle No 2 (1857-1917) renamed Aigle in 1873
Rhone No 2 (1857-1900) renamed Chillon in 1865
Rhone No 1 (1856-1883) renamed Rhone in 1865
Ville-de-Nyon (1854-1875) renamed Italie in 1857
Guillaume Tell (1853-1893)
Aigle (1842-1874) renamed Simplon in 1860
Leman Remorqueur (1826-1827)
Guillaume Tell (1823-1836)