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Republica in 2009. Photo by kind courtesy of Zsolt Szabo
Built by Ganz-Danubius in Budapest
in 1916, as part of the Balaton class of tug, which includes Vertes.
After World War I she became property of the Romanian state and
was named "Capitan Comandor Paun", and
from 1947 until 1991,
"Republica" . Still serving in the Romanian military navy, she
was renamed as part of a policy of restoring old names and became "Locotenent-comandor Vasile Paun",
although the name was not the one she originally had, nor the correct rank of
the naval hero she was named after. In 2003 she reverted to"Republica"
when transferred to the ownership of the city of Tulcea. She has been maintained
in working condition and has been reboilered (to burn oil rather than coal)
and in 2008 was listed as a national cultural heritage monument.
Engines : Compound Diagonal by Ganz-Danubius (Budapest)
Photo (above) by kind courtest of Cristian Munteanu
For more, please go to Cristain's website : Click here and here
Please also go to:
360 dergree views of and aboard Republica including the engine room on this link :