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LAKE GENEVA, SWITZERLAND  : Compagnie Generale de Navigation sur le Lac Leman (CGN)

MPV vevey at montreux in 2007.jpg


Above: Motor Paddle Vessel Vevey calls at Montreux in 2007, her 100th year. She is the second oldest vessel in the fleet, and after some doubt about her future, she was sent for a major refit, completed in late 2013, which will see her ready for another 20-30 years service
The CGN operates eight paddlers*, five in steam, built between 1904 and 1927, and several other motor vessels for cruises on Lake Geneva. Services include cruises along the full length of the lake , around the lower and upper lakes and from Lausanne across to Evian on the southern French shore.
*Motor paddler Helvetie is currently in long-term lay-up. MPV Italie is being rebuilt (2015/16) for a return to service in late 2016 after ten years out of operation. PS Montreux will miss the 2016 season due to the need for major boiler repairs 

Go to the website of CGN for Lake Geneva timetables, news etc 

Up to date information including special sailings (and future timetable plans when known) shown on John Bird's Swiss Steamer Timetables website

The Annual Report & Accounts of the CGN are in the public domain and can be viewed/downloaded from the CGN website 


OPERATIONAL PADDLE STEAMERS  
Montreux (1904)

La Suisse (1910)

Savoie (1914)

Simplon (1920)

Rhone (1927)

OPERATIONAL MOTOR PADDLE VESSELS (Converted from steam)
Vevey (1907, 1955)

Italie (1908, 1958)
Expected back in service late 2016

Helvetie (1926, 1977)
Out of service for the long term. Possibly back in service around 2020
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HISTORICAL PADDLE STEAMERS

MPV (ex paddle steamer) Geneve - in static preservation
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List of Paddle Steamers of the past from Guillaume Tell to Valais, the last vessel to be scrapped


LAKE GENEVA PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION


Go to the Photograph Collection


ANNUAL PARADE OF STEAM


The CGN fleet comes out for an annual Parade of Steam early each season, when all operable paddlers sail in various formations for the benefit of enthusiasts and general spectators. The ships are generally fully booked for the cruise on this special day
Click here to see some photos taken on 5th June 2011, kindly supplied by Enrico Crosti who was aboard PS Rhone for the occasion


LOCAL PRESERVATION SOCIETIES


Association des Amis des Bateaux a Vapeur du Leman (ABVL):
Fund raising organisation for the preservation and restoration of the 8 Belle-Epoque paddlers
Amis des Bateaux a Vapeur a Lac Leman

Association Patrimoine du Leman (APL) :

Covers the wider naval heritage of the lake - but very active in supporting the paddlers
website


INTERNET RESOURCES


CGN : Operators of the Lake Geneva paddlers 
John Bird's Swiss Steamer Timetables
Jean Vernet's Unofficial CGN (Lake Geneva) site
Les Bateaux du Leman 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Brief details of the vessels can be found in the following more general Swiss steamer guides:
Dampfschiffe Schweiz
Anton Raber and Peter Horlacher
1982
Verlag Dampferzeitung, Luzern, Switzerland
Brief detals in four languages including English

Paddle Steamers of the Alps
Leslie Brown and Joe McKendrick
Ferry Publications
ISBN 1-871947-19-7
Illustrated profiles of the steamers and operating areas

Schiffahrt auf den Schweizer Seen
Anton Raber
1972
Orell Fussli Verlag, Zurich
ISBN 3-280-00285-0
Illustrated round up of Swiss lake vessels, with fleet lists and sections on vessel design and engineering.

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