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OPERATIONAL PADDLE TUGS : (Last review - 2013)
It appears that there may be a number of paddle tugs, most
probably motor-powered sidewheelers, still in operation in Russia, the Ukraine
and parts of the former Soviet Union. Photos can be found on various websites
and some links are given below. It is believed that no steam paddle tugs
survive in service in Europe
Motor paddle tugs from the Soviet Project 1721/1721L series - built betweem 1973 and 1985 :
Internet Link for more details and photos : http://www.riverfleet.ru/fleet/list.php?SECTION_ID=3156
Project 1721 : Built at Pervomaiskiy Shipyard, Kazakhstan
for use on the upper Irtysh River. 51.5 m x 17.3 m x 2.3 m
Project 1721L : Built at Zhataysky Shipyard, Zhatay, Russia
for use on the River Lena, Siberia. 43.2 m x 16.9 m x 2.3 m
BTK 601 - now called "Mechanic Korzennikov"
Internet photograph websites also show these vessels
BTK-623 (built 1982) owned by Trans-Fleet Lt, registered at Tyumen, Russia in 2008 : http://fleetphoto.ru/ship/4956/
BTK-629 seen at Pavlodar, Kazakhstan : http://www.panoramio.com/photo/27013409
BTK-631 appears to be in service at Omsk, Russia : http://www.panoramio.com/photo/23985555
Bolat Karentaev appears to be in service in Kazakhstan : see http://www.panoramio.com/photo/20151220 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/40535585 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/40535606
Other vessel types :
BTK-20 appears to be in operation at Pechora, Russia : see photo http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/5107/vladimi-shulae.5/0_52e95_7b7090ce_orig
Photo posted on the panoramio website in 2007 by Taras Kushnirenko : http://www.panoramio.com/photo/4275545 at Kryukivs'kyi, Kremenchuk, Ukraine.
It is unclear whether this ship is in any active service or not :
GPP-5 At Prydniprovs'kyi, Cherkasy, Ukraine Photos posted in 2007 by Sergey Zozula http://www.panoramio.com/photo/4741200 http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/43816481.jpg
FOMER TUGS RECONSTRUCTED FOR PASSENGER SERVICE - NOW IN OPERATION OR UNDER RENOVATION
Two former steam tugs on the Danube have been converted for passenger use and continue to sail
Republica (in steam)
Radetzky, ex-Plovdiv (reengined)
Former tug being reconstructed for passenger service in Russia :
Bystryi was built in 1955 in Kiev at the Lenin Shipyard and was the last of her type on the Volga when it was mooted in 1996 to preserve her for the Polytechnic museum. This never happened and she was laid up at Volgoreschensk. However she was bought by a company based in Yaroslavl in 2006 and after refurbishment will moved there for tourist purposes as a passenger steamer.
See more on the Reactivation Projects page
STEAM TUGS NOW OPERATING AS MUSEUM EXHIBITS
Above : Ersekcsanad (ex-Ruthof) at Regensburg on August 2nd, 2017
Eppleton Hall : In San Francisco, USA
Oscar Huber : In Duisburg, Germany
Wurttemberg : In Magdeburg, Germany
Ersekcsanad : In Regensburg, Germany
Neszmely : In Neszmely, Hungary
Zoltan : In Neszmely, Hungary
Is this ship the former "Pamyat Smelova" ?
STEAM PADDLE TUGS LAID-UP OR UNDER RENOVATION
John H Amos : In Chatham, England
Decebal : In Braila, Romania
Zupa : In Belgrade, Serbia
Srbija : In Belgrade, Serbia
Vojvodina : In Serbia
Possible surviving tugs of the Soviet Project 732 (or smaller 733) series
A large number of project 732 tugs were built in Hungary
from 1947 until 1957 primarily for the USSR market although examples went
to Bulgaria, Romania and the final example remained in Hungary
Built in Obudai Shipyard, Budapest : Length 57.9 m, Breadth 7.6/17.5 m
A list of these is included in the Hungarian Ship Register : http://www.hajoregiszter.hu/index.php?cnl=1022&gc=B/I.
Known survivors of the 732 project :
Plovdiv, now rebuilt and in use as as passenger ship "Radetsky" in Bulgaria, profiled in the Operational Paddle Ships section
Schorch, possibly still in working order at Pechora, Russia. Photo at http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/4511/vladimi-shulae.3/0_50747_89ecacd4_orig
Bakony, now preserved by the Zoltan Foundation in Hungary as "Neszmely" and profiled in the museum section on this page above.
DERELICT or PART-SUNKEN :
General Cherniakovskiy : 1953
This tug appears sunken and derelict at Ivankivs'kiy, in the Kiev Oblast, Ukraine : http://www.panoramio.com/photo/23856769 and http://www.panoramio.com/photo/23856777
Entry in the Hungarian Ship Register site : http://www.hajoregiszter.hu/index.php?ship=2383&friss=1&picid=12972#12972
7. Noviembrie : 1954
Romanian-owned example now sunken on the Danube near Orsova :
Entry in the Hungarian Ship Register site : http://www.hajoregiszter.hu/index.php?ship=2817&gyl=1#menusor
Internet Gallery of numerous 732/733 project tugs - http://xfree.hu/album_show.tvn?aid=233497
SIDE WHEEL MOTOR PADDLE TUGS IN STATIC PRESERVATION
Stary Dunaj In Rusovce, Slovakia
Admiral In Rusovce, Slovakia
STERN WHEEL MOTOR PADDLE TUGS
An unusual paddle system
was devised to allow the construction of vessels with the shallow draght of
paddle vessels, but the narrow lines of a screw vessel to allow access through
the locks on the River Vltava. Four prototypes were built in the 1930s, and
in the 1950s, eight vessels of the same design were built in Prague.
Sumava is still in operation, but now as a passenger cruise boat at Prague.
Beskydy is available to assist shipping on the Elbe/Labe at Torgau, where strong currents often cause problems around a railway bridge.
Orlik is preserved in the Netherlands,
Lipno is also in passenger service in Prague now under the name "Tyrs".
Kamik serves as a floating restaurant in Prague
Jesenicky operates as a floaring restaurant in Berlin, retaining its machinery in operational condition.
Beskydy is currently up for sale (as at Jan 2010)
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