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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

BTK 616
BTK 620
BTK 622
BTK 630
BTK 632
BTK 634
BTK 636

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"
BTK 602
BTK 603
BTK 605
BTK 608
BTK 609
BTK 610

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
                        http://www.panoramio.com/photo/40535623

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

Unknown :

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
- one in steam            : Republica
- one now re-engined : Radetzky, ex-Plovdiv


Former tug being reconstructed for passenger service in Russia :

Bistryi
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


Eppleton Hall In San Francisco, USA
Oscar Huber In Duisburg, Germany
Wurttemberg In Magdeburg, Germany
Ersekcsnad In Regensburg, Germany
Neszmely In Neszmely, Hungary
Zoltan In Neszmely, Hungary

Unknown In Astrakhan, Russia

http://www.boatclub.ru/forum/showpost.php?p=27939&postcount=105
http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/astrakhanfoto/album/169934/

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

OPERATIONAL :

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

MUSEUM :

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


STARY DUNAJ Zsolt Szabo s.jpg

 Motor Paddle Tug : Stary Dunaj.

Photo kindly supplied by Zsolt Szabo

 


Admiral In Rusovce, Slovakia


MPV tug ADMIRAL_2s.jpg

 Motor Paddle Tug : Admiral.

Photo kindly supplied by Zsolt Szabo


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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