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PADDLE STEAMERS IN PASSENGER SERVICE
includes motor paddlers (ex-steam), screw motor vessels (ex-paddle steamers) amd motor paddlers (as built) in separate sub-sections
Small paddle ships (steam or motor) and listed separately


Waverley, in the UK, is the world's last sea-going paddle steamer and the only one now offering coastal cruises. All other European paddlers now only operate on large rivers or on lakes with the exceptions of Freya which operates in northern Germany generally keeping to the Kiel Canal and Elbe estuaries, the UK's Kingswear Castle, which itself keeps to estuarine waters, and the UK's very small paddler Monarch, which are the only other "salt-water" paddlers. Some paddle steamers are retained in their original fleets, others are now owned and operated by preservation groups. In a number of cases, enthusiasts have restored decommissioned paddle steamers and subcontracted operation back to their original owners. Freya is remarkable in having been bought by a commercial operator many years after she was restored by an enthusiast and operated as part of their fleet.
Photo above: PS Unterwalden (1902) in Luzern in 2016. 


EUROPE : scroll down

For other world areas : click on the list below  

Canada

USA
Australia
New Zealand
Egypt

India
Bangladesh
North Korea


Click on the vessel links and the operating company links and sailing area link (if available) for more information. A link is provided, where possible, to the operator's own commercial website

PADDLE STEAMERS


Sailing Area : United Kingdom : Firth of Clyde  

Operator : Waverley Excursions (website) on behalf of Waverley Steam Navigation Co and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society

Supporters and owners :  Paddle Steamer Preservation Society  :   (website)
Operates a varied range of full-day cruises from mid June until late August including from her home base at Glasgow and Firth of Clyde piers
Waverley also visits the
Inner Hebrides (June), Liverpool & Llandudno (end August), Bristol Channel (September), South Coast (September) and Thames Estuary (Sept/Oct). 

Waverley  (1947)


Sailing Area : United Kingdom : River Dart

Operator : Dartmouth Steam Railway & Riverboat Company (website) on behalf of Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society
Supporters and owners :  Paddle Steamer Preservation Society  :  (website)
Operates spring to autumn as part of a larger operation offering a wide range of cruises around Dartmouth and up-river to Totnes and rides on a heritage steam railway

Note : Out of service in 2022 due to major renovation work 

Kingswear Castle  (1924)


Switzerland : Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstattersee) 

Operator :  Schiffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstattersees (SGV)   :  (website)
Supporters : Dampferfreunde Vierwaldstattersee    (website)
SGV operates a wide range of year-round services. Paddle Steamers operate Spring to Autumn with extra services in summer and some services at Christmas/New Year

Uri   (1901)
Unterwalden   
(1902)
Schiller   
(1906)
Gallia  
(1913)
Stadt Luzern  
(1927)



Switzerland : Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)

Operator :   Compagnie General de Navigation sur le Lac Leman (CGN)  :  (website)
Supporters : Association des Amis des Bateaux a Vapeur du Leman  :   (website)
GGN operates a wide range of year-round services and cross-lake commuter services.
Paddle Steamers operate Spring to Autumn with extra services in summer
CGN also operates two paddlers converted to diesel-electric drive on year-round services (Vevey and Italie) and hold one in store for possible future restoration (Helvetie).
Montreux was converted to diesel in time for the 1961 season but was converted back with a new-build diagonal steam engine, reappearing in 2001.

Montreux   (1904)
La Suisse  
(1910)
Savoie 
      (1914)
Simplon
   (1920)
Rhone 
     (1927)

Rhone is currently undergoing major renovation and is expected back in service in late 2021

Switzerland : Lake Thun (Thunersee)

Operator :  
Schiffsbetrieb BLS
   :  (website)
Supporters :  Freunde der Dampfschifffahrt Thuner- und Brienzersee  :  (website)
Paddle steamer normally makes two daily return trips from Thun to Interlaken West from spring to autumn and is in service over Christmas / New Year

Blumlisalp   (1906)


Switzerland : Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)   :   (photos)

Operator :  
Schiffsbetrieb BLS
   :  (website)
Supporters :  Freunde der Dampfschifffahrt Thuner- und Brienzersee  :  (website)
Paddle Steamer usually makes one daily return trip from Interlaken-Ost to Brienz from spring to autumn

Lotschberg   (1914)


Switzerland : Lake Zurich (Zurichsee)
Operator :  
Zurichsee-Schiffahrtsgesellschaft (ZSG)
  :  (website)
Supporters :  Aktion pro Raddampfer Zurich  :   (website)
Regular trips around Lake Zurich from Zurich to Rapperswil with frequent stops. Paddlers in summer service as part of year-round public transport network

Stadt Zurich   (1909)
Stadt Rapperswil   (1914)

Switzerland : Lakes of Neuchatel and Morat

Operators Navigation Lacs de Neuchatel et Morat SA  :  (website)
Supporters and owners : Trivapor  :   (website)
A recent restoration and re-engineing of a ship decommissioned in 1969 ship by an enthusiast group,
Neuchatel is operated by the local shipping operator as part of their published timetable


Neuchatel    (1912)  

Italy : Lake Como (Lario)

Operators : 
Navigazione Lago di Como (NLC)   :   (website)
Paddle steamer operates a very limited summer schedule as part of the NLC timetabled services

Concordia   (1927)

Owners : Provincia di Como
Patria is currently out of service and laid-up at a pier at Villa Olmo near Como. There is no immediate prospect of a return to service for the vessel restored in 2009-13.

Patria  (1926)


Italy : Lake Maggiore

Operators :  
Navigazione Lago di Maggiore - NLM   :   (website)
Vessel very rarely in service and usually only on infrequent charters

Piemonte   (1904)


Germany : River Elbe, Saxony

Operators :  Kulturerbe Dampfschiffe Dresden GmbH (a subsidiary of Weisse Flotte Dresden GmbH)  :   (website)
Paddle Steamers operate the majority of spring to autumn services on the Elbe, from Dresden downstream to Meissen and upstream to Bad Schandau
Occasional special trips are operated beyond Bad Schandau to Decin and Litomerice in Czechia

Stadt Wehlen   (1879)
Diesbar 
 (1884)
Meissen   
(1885)
Krippen 
 (1886)
Pillnitz   
(1892)
Kurort Rathen 
 (1896)
Pirna   
(1898)
Dresden 
 (1926)
Leipzig   
(1929)


Germany : River Elbe, Schleswig-Holstein

Operators :
Lauenburger Elbeschiffahrtsmuseums e.V.   :   (website)
Owned by a museum society, the vessels operates a range of trips on the River Elbe, based at Lauenburg. Occasionally sails to other areas. In 1922 it is planned to spend the second half of July cruising on the River Weser, reached via cruises along a network of canals.

Kaiser Wilhelm   (1900)


Germany : Kiel Canal, Schleswig-Holstein

Operators :  Adler-Schiffe Gmbh & Co, KG.   :   (website)
Adler owns a large fleet. Freya operates on the Kiel Canal mainly between Kiel and Rendsburg with occasional visits to Brunsbuttel, Laboe, Rostock and Hamburg

Freya   (1905)


Austria : Traunsee

Operators  :
Traunseeschiffahrt Karlheinz Eder GmbH
 :   (website)
Owners :   Friends of the City of Gmunden
Operated by the local tourist boat company on Sundays in July and August. Available for charters and events, otherwise moored at Gmunden

Gisela   (1871)


Austria : River Danube (based at Linz)

Operators  :   Oesterreichische Gesellschaft fuer Eisenbahn Geschichte - OGEG    :   (website)
Owned and operated by the Austrian Railway History Society and operated entirely by unpaid volunteers
Operated day trips from Linz on many weekends and also undertakes various special trips on occasion

Schonbrunn   (1913)

Austria : Lake Constance (Bodensee)

Operators   :   Hohentwiel Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH, trading as  Historische Schifffahrt Bodensee   :   (website)
Owners and Supporters :   Verein Internationale Schifffahrts-Museum Bodensee eV  :    (website)
Operates cruises around the international Lake Constance offering cruises with a strong emphasis on high-quality dining
The company markets both Hohentwiel and the historic motor ship Osterreich which is now owned by a separate preservation society

Hohentwiel    (1913)


Netherlands : Rotterdam

Operators :  Nederlandse Raderstoomboot Maatschappij  :  (website)
Owner : Christine Key, whose father Klemens was a well known saviour of steamships and steam engines, including this ex-Rhine steamer, Rudesheim as was
Used for dinner cruises and charter hospitality events from her Rotterdam pier at Maasboulevard or as required elsewhere on the river system in south Holland

De Majesteit    (1926)


Czech Republic : River Vltava, Prague

Operators : Prazska Paroplavebni Spolecnost as (PPS)  trading as Prague Boats   :   (website)  

Operates short cruises from central Prague and longer trips upstream to the Slapy Dam. occasional full day trips downstream to Melnik are offered

Vysehrad   (1938) *  Currently moored alongside Rasinovo nabrezi in central Prague for static use as a restaurant and for hire for events
Vltava   
(1941)


Operators :  Vodni Zasilatelstvi Kedrst   (VZK)
Captain Kedrst built the small Sirius in 2010 for local round trips in Prague in association his other motor vessels 

Sirius   (2010)



Czech Republic : River Labe, Decin

Operator : Labska Plavebni Spolecnost  :  (website)
Bought from Bremen owners in 2022, sailing from the Weser to the Elbe in April 2022

Labe   (1949)



Norway : Lake Mjosa

Operator  :  A/S Oplandske Dampskibsselskab   :   (website)
Operates a short summer season of cruises from Hamar, Lillehammer or Eidsvoll, depending on the day. Cruises are often single, requiring a return by rail

Skibladner   (1856)


Denmark :  Silkeborg and Himmelbjerget


Operators  :  A/S Hjejlen   :   (website)
Services from Sikleborg through low-lying lakes to view Himmelbjerget, the highest point in Denmark

Hjejlen   (1861)


Romania : River Danube

Operators : Ministry of Education and Heritage
Operates short cruises for children out of the port of Braila and is available for charter


Borcea   (1914)

Operators : Government of Romania
Services : unknown. last reported to be used for conferences for government agencies and also available for charter

Tudor Vladimirescu    (1854)



- CABIN CRUISE VESSEL


Although many Danube paddle steamers, including Schonbrunn (see above) were fitted with limited overnight accommodation, Russian river ships have traditionally had considerable cabin accommodation and were originally used for passenger and some freight transport over long distances in remoter parts of northern Russia and Siberia. One paddle steamer is believed to survive on these runs

Russia : River Dvina at Archangelsk

Operators : Pomor Tours  :  (website)
Offers occasional  three and seven-night tours from Archagelsk

N V Gogol   (1911)


 - REPLICA PADDLE STEAMER

A number of paddlers have been built to replicate historical vessels. Although most have been given modern diesel engines, one was fitted with a steam engine also built to replicate the original

Sweden :  Forsvik

Operators : Foreningen Forsviks varv    :  (website)
Occasional summer trips and charters in the river and lake systems of south eastern Sweden, based at Forsvik
The ship is a modern reconstruction of a traditional ship of 1836 whick sank in a storm on Lake Vattern in 1856
Note : 2022 : Ship up for sale  :   https://shipsforsale.com/en/ships-en/shipid/1195/passenger-ships_7_eric-nordevall-ii 

Erik Nordevall II   (2011)





MOTOR PADDLE VESSELS (CONVERTED FROM STEAM)  Electric or hydraulic transmission


Above : Goethe on the Rhine in 2017. Goethe is one of a number of paddlers which have been converted from steam to diesel operation, normally as an economy measure and especially if major work was required, such as a boiler replacement. In Goethe's case, there were fears about a hairline crack in the engine's entablature. Few paddle steamers have been so converted. The pioneer was Lake Geneva's Geneve in 1934.


Switzerland : Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)

Operator :
  Compagnie General de Navigation sur le Lac Leman (CGN)  :  (website)
The CGN operates five genuine historical paddle steamers (see above) as well as numerous motor vessels
Diesel-electic paddle vessels Vevey and Italie have been renovated and re-engined recently and due to their economy operate in year-round service

Vevey       (1907, converted in 1956)
Italie        (1908, converted in 1958)

Helvetie   
(1926, converted in 1977)
Helvetie has been out of service since early 2002 but is maintained at the GCN dockyard at Lausanne-Ouchy. It is hoped that she can be returned to service in the future 

Germany : River Rhein

Operator  :     KD - Koln-Dusseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt    :   (website)

Goethe was the last in a long line of paddle steamers operated by the KD company in its earlier guises and remains on the flagship "Nostalgia Route" from Koblenz to Rudesheim
She sails for spring until Autumn 

Goethe   (1913, converted in 2008)

Germany : Chiemsee, Bavaria

Operator  :  Chiemsee Schiffahrt Ludwig Fessler    :  (website)
Serves as part of a small fleet on the Chiemsee in south-east Bavaria which features the magnificent palace of Herrenchiemsee on an island in the lake

Ludwig Fessler  (1926, converted in 1973)

Ludwig Fessler's engine had been saved and was eventually used to re-engine PS Neuchatel (see steamers above)

Austria : Wolfgangsee

Operators : Salzkammergutbahn GmbH   :   (website)
Operates as part of the scheduled public lake timetable

Kaiser Franz Josef I    (1872, converted in 1954)

Italy :  Lake Garda (Lago di Garda)

Operators : Navigazione Lago di Garda (NLG)   :   (website)
Thre paddlers get limited summer use as part of the operator's scheduled public timetable

G Zanardelli   (1903, converted in 1983)
Italia                 
(1909, converted in 1980)

Netherlands : Amsterdam

Operators :  (website)
Available for charter for corporate or social events and can be chartered as floating accommodation anywhere accessible in the Netherlands water system

Kapitein Anna   (1911, converted in 1977)


Bulgaria : River Danube at Kozloduy

Operators : Kozloduy Museum   (website)
Maintained in operational condition for occasional educatuional trips but otherwise serves as a museum celebrating the life of independence fighter Hristo Botev

Radetzky   (1954, converted in 1993)

Converted from a Soviet  732 Series tug and rebuilt in 1966 to approximate the appearance of Austrian passenger ship Radetsky of 1861 and used by Botev in 1866 in his insurrection against Ottoman Turkish rule

Ukraine : River Dnepr at Kiev

Operators :
Based in Kiev with 31 hotel rooms available. Could be hired for corporate and private events and can sail on charter in the summer months ( * STATUS UNCERTAIN)


* Bogdan Khmelnitskiy   (1954, converted in 2004)

One of the numerous Soviet Project 737 river paddlers, but built at Budapest, Hungary. sailed in the Soviet Ukraine on the Dneipr until 1976. Rebuilt with new motor engines after extensive fire damage



MOTOR SCREW VESSELS (CONVERTED FROM PADDLE STEAM)  


Italy : Lake Como


Operators :  Navigazione Lago di Como (NLC)   :   (website)

Milano   (1904, converted 1926)



PADDLE SHIPS BUILT AS MOTOR VESSELS


Once diesel power became widely available for excusion ships in the late 1920s, new ships around most of Europe were screw-driven. Only on the Clyde in the UK did the London & North Eastern Railway experiment with diesel electric drive for their paddler Talisman of 1935, one year after Lake Geneva had so converted their paddle steamer Geneve. The experiment was not repeated although a number of screw-ships in Scottish waters received diesel-electric drives in the 1930s, with MV Lochfyne being a pioneer in 193.1

The Austrian DDSG's Stadt Wien and Stadt Passau (now Grof Szechenyi) of 1939 and 1940, with geared diesel drives, were unusual and unique. There were no further new-builds until the modern era when "paddle steamers" had become popular from a heritage aspect and replica or heritage-styled vessels came in demand, but the costs associated with obsolete steam power were deemed unacceptable.  Elias Lonnrot (1986) which replicated an older steamer was an early example of a side-wheeler, whilst "Mississippi-style" sternwheelers became popular as novelty vessels.  Diesels were chosen for the brand new Herrsching (2002, see photo taken in 2003, above) on Germany's Ammersee.

MPV Stadt Wien and Grof Szechenyi have cabins for overnight accommodation but these ships are no longer used on their original long-distance services on the Danube and these are not used in service. Stadt Wien was open for overnight accommodation at Tulln, Austria.


  -  CONTINUITY PADDLERS USING THE NEW MOTIVE TECHNOLOGY


Austria : River Danube

Operated by :   Website:  https://msstadtwien.at/en/
Operated as a restaurant at Hotel at Tulln, Austria. Occasional public services on summer weekends through the scenic Wachau Valley on the Danube

Stadt Wien   (1939 : Electric transmission)


Hungary : River Danube

Operated by : Greenhill Rendezvenyiroda Zrl
Based at Budapest and available for charter sailings for corporate and private events.No public sailings


Grof Szechenyi   (1940 : Electric transmission)


Germany : Ammersee

Operator  :  Bayerische Seenschifffahrt GmbH   :  (website)

Herrsching    
(2002 : Hydraulic transmission)

Diessen     (2006 : Hydraulic transmission)

Note : Diessen was built using parts salvaged from an earlier vessel of the same name, built in 1908 as a paddle steamer and converted to motor operation in 1975.  She is different enough from the vessel she replaced to be regarded as a new-build


  -  REPLICA VESSELS INSPIRED BY SHIPS OF THE PAST


France : River Loire at Orleans

Operated by : Mairie d'Orleans (Orleans City Hall)
Built in 2007 (by Delavergne shipyard at Avrille in the Vendee region) for the city of Orleans  this vessel is a reasonable visual replica of the original vessel of this name built in 1837.  It is unclear how often the ship sails, but it is a major attraction when it is in operation during the biennial Festial of the Loire at Orleans when many river boats take part in public celebrations. Otherwise she is open as a bar and restaurant in central Orleans

Inexplosible No 22
   (2007)


Hungary : Lake Balaton

(Website)
A recent reconstruction of a historical paddler of the same name from Lake Balaton which sailed from 1849, the new build closely resembles it predecessor although has an enclosed saloon aft. The paddles are powered individually by electric motor and there is a Deutz diesel-powered auxiliary screw aft.

Kisfaludy   (2014)



Finland : Lake Keuresselka

Operated by : Keurusselan Laivamatkat KY   :  
Summer weekday services from Keuruu to Keurusselka Hotel and to the town of Mantta on Sundays  :  (information)

Elias Lonnrot   (1986)

This is a modern replica of a ship of the same name originally built in 1865


  -  HERITAGE STYLED MODERN VESSELS
France : Disneyland Paris

Operated by Disney
Very short trips of around 20 minutes through an artificial lagoon with riverbank attractions in the Disney fun park. Runs on a guided rail.

Molly Brown   (1992)


United Kingdom
Wroxham, Norfolk BroadsVintage Broadsman1988Member of a fleet of vessels offering trips around the Norfolk Broads, an low-lying area of small inter-connected lakes and waterways in eastern England . Paddle wheel turns when in service
Website
Germany
River HarleConcordia IILength : 14.4 m, Breadth : 5.7 m. Diesel-hydraulic independently powered paddle wheels.This 100-passenger capacity motor paddler is owned by the Reederei Albrecht and runs on the river Harle between Carolinensiel and Harlesiel, close to the German North Sea coast in Friesland.Website
Poland


River Wisla, WarsawGloria Mechanica2015Built and owned by Zbigniew Selerowicz. .   Length 14.6 m, Breadth 3.2 / 5.0 m.  Engine - 136 HP (by Mercedes). Hydraulic drive. Launched 6/6/15. Made her inaugural trip from Plock to Warsaw in August 2015


  -   FORMER MOTOR TUG CONVERTED FOR PASSENGER USE
Poland : River Vistula (at Warsaw)

Lubecki
   




  -  MODERN RIVER CRUISE VESSEL WITH ACCOMMODATION

River cruising using luxury boats with passenger accommodation for on-board holidays, often up to two weeks in length, has become increasingly popular in Europe. Whilst Danube paddlers such as Stadt Passau and Stadt Wien were built primarily as transport ships, these are purely leisure holiday cruise boats and are familiar sights on the Rhine, Moselle and Danube in particular. A modern phenomenon, they have been built with the most modern propulsion systems and employed diesel engines. 

One ship is remarkable in that side paddle-wheel propulsion was chosen for this otherwise state-of the art vessel (her owners also commissioned a similar vessel with stern-wheel propulsion for the upper River Elbe to commence operation in the 2016 season) :

France : River Loire (at Nantes)

Loire Princesse

A new ship was put into service in 2015 with sections being built by Mecasoud at St Nazaire (France) for use on the River Loire in France. The 90-metre long ship with a mass of 700 tonnes, designed by Stirling Design International (SDI) and assembled at the STX dry dock provides luxury twin berths for 96 passengers and very much follows the lines of modern European river boats - long and low, to pass under the large number of low bridges on European rivers. Remarkably, however, this ship, named Loire Princesse, has two side paddle wheels and all documentation and advertising for the vessel indicates that these will be the primary means of propulsion, powered by 2 x 500 HP diesel engines with direct drive to the wheels. The wheels are  4.5 metres in diameter. The designer's information regarding the choice of paddle wheels for the vessel was that they were the most suitable as the River Loire is very shallow in places  - and this technology gives the first opportunity to use a boat of this size on the river. The draught is reported to be only 70 cm (approx 3 feet). Manoevrability will be aided by waterjet thrusters fore and aft. The paddle floats are not feathering (ie no eccentic wheel) which is unusual in that they are less efficient at paddling through water and became obsolete in the early days of paddle ship technology. However the extra weight of the equipment and the associated extra maintenance costs of the more complicated wheel were calculated to cost the company more than the extra fuel that this arrangement would require.

The diesel fuel consumption has been reported as 70 litres per hour at standard 10 km/hour speed and 140 litres at 15 km/h. 
The original enclosed paddle boxes have been removed to allow water to escape better and much reduce the vibration which it was causing
Loire Princesse is operated by the CroisiEurope company and sails as far upstream as Angers

Commercial website :  http://www.croisieurope.co.uk/ships/ms-loire-princesse

Designers presentation :   http://www.stirlingdesign.fr/presses/press_release/stirling_design_croisieurope_2014_02_fr.pdf 




MISCELLANEOUS SMALLER PADDLE VESSELS

  -  Small Paddle Steamers (up to 12 passenger capacity)



United Kingdom Heron

 

 

United Kingdom

Autumn Breeze

Located on the Norfolk Broads

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United Kingdom

L'Aigle

Built by Peter Shott. 14 feet x 5 ft 6 in. Simple expansion, three cylinder diagonal engine

 

United Kingdom

Walkin' Belle

Owned by L Spencer on Thames. 17 ft 6 in x 6 ft 6 in. 2-cylinder walking beam engine

 

United Kingdom

Firecrest

Owned by D Garrick at Sleaford. 15 ft 3 in x 5 ft 10 in. Built in 1972

 

Switzerland Liberty Belle Owned by Beat and Martha Bolzern of Emmenbrucke. Transportable by road 

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Switzerland

Waldstaetter

Built in 2007. Based on Lake Lucerne but can be transported elsewhere and has sailed on Italian Lakes


Netherlands

De Jonge Wachter

Based at the De Wachter Mill Museum at Zuidlaren which has numerous steam engines in store and display, this small paddle steamer (10 m long with single cylinder engine dating from around 1920) was built by enthusiasts and entered service in 2003 

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Czech Republic

Hrebeny

Based on River Vltava near Prague

 



  -  Small Motor Paddlers

The attraction of "paddles" for tourist boats is recognised although this has primarily been for stern-wheels (Mississippi-style". However,  some small excursion boats have been built with side wheels, whether as the main source of propulsion or ancilliary to a screw. These small vessels provide a useful service for tourists wishing short trips, for example on a river in a city centre and are out of scope of this database, but vessels for which there are photos in the webmaster's collection are included



SIGHTSEEING BOATS
tMonarchBuilt in 1994 as a paddle steamer. Latterly offered short commercial trips on the River Frome at Wareham in Dorset (UK). In December 2021 it was reported that the vessel had been sold for use possibly in Ireland. Following boiler issues she was reported as to be converted to electric operation  and had been seen out of the water at Ridge, Dorset in the summer of 2022

Prague, Czech Republic

Elbis 

 

Krakow, Poland

Legenda 

 

FERRIES

Nieszawa, Poland

Nieszawa

Modern side-wheel car ferry crossing the Wisla (Vistula) at Nieszawa, crossing to Stare Rybitwy

Gozdowice, PolandBez GranikModern side wheel car ferry crossing the river Oder between Gozdowice (PL) and Gustebieser Loose (DE)
** The ferry service was closed from 30/9/2019 **


  -  Very small motor paddlers primarily for private use 

Yaroslavl, Russia

Aksenovy

Built by private businessman Yuri Litnitsky. Powered by a tractor motor engine. Capacity - 12

Marburg, GermanyLandgrafin AmalieBuilt privately by Ralf Schneider, completed in 2015
Blois, FranceL'ArrouxBased at Blois on the Loire this 8 m long wooden paddler with wooden side wheels was built in 2008  by the Marine de Loire historical group, loosely based on the design of the (larger) Inexplosible No 21 which operated on the Loire from the late 1830s. Her wheels are turned by an oil-hydraulic mechanism powered by an old Citroen 2cv motor.  
Kassel, GermanyKaiser WilhelmSmall paddler built by Dieter Drubel loosely replicating in miniature form the Elbe steamer Kaiser Wilhelm
Completed in 2015, it is 6.3 m long by 1.8 m in breadth with a draught of 0.85 m. A 8 horse power diesel motor can driv her at up to 10 km/h

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BIBLIOGRAPHY & REFERENCES
The essential reference book for Paddle Steamer enthusiasts is:

Paddle Steamers in the 1990s
By Russell Plummer
Published 1994 by GMS Enterprises, 67 Pyhill, Bretton, Peterborough, England Tel (0)1733-265123
IBSN 1 870384 27 X
This book gives extensive details of all known paddlers remaining in Europe, including motor powered paddlers - at the time of publishing (1994)

Also the following which also includes screw steamers and diesel conversions, including those in static roles (valid in 1988)

Steam Ships of Europe
by Alistair Deayton
Published in 1988 by Conway Maritime press Ltd, 24 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8DR
ISBN 0 81577 478 4


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