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Ammersee is a 15 km long lake in southern Bavaria which is up to 6 km
at its widest point and is one of the several lakes in the German
foothills of the Alps.
Paddle Steamers came relatively late to this lake when a small wooden
paddler was purchased, renamed "Omnibus" and put into service in
1877. Until 2002, the last paddler to be built was Diessen in 1908, the fifth
to follow Omnibus, which was in service until 2004. However,
2002 saw the entry into service of the diesel-powered Herrsching (bow view,
magnificent brand new paddle-propelled vessel and 2006 saw the return of Diessen
(broadside view left) in a much rebuilt form.
Two motor vessels, Utting (1950) and Schondorf (1961) also form the
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