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NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang I

On first inspection one could be forgiven for thinking that the photos were taken somehere between Dresden and Magdeburg on the Elbe - but this paddler is in Pyongyang, North Korea. It is built to a design based on the Elbe paddlers, with the isolationist communist state taking help from the former German Democratic Republic when it came to building a vessel for charter excursions on the river Taedong.
It is understood to have been built in 1985
Since these photos were taken he has been extensively rebuilt with a glass-enclosed upper deck with new wheelhouse above and the funnel removed (probably 2010-15 period)



Paddle Steamer Pyongyang I at the North Korean capital city. Photo from the Olivier Bachmann collection, with thanks





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