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River Rhein, Germany
Cecilie (ex- Kronprinzessin Cecilie)

Above : Cecilie in an official photograph from the archive of the  Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt AG       
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Built in 1910 by Gebruder Sachsenberg at Koln-Deutz
Length : 77.8 m
Displacement : 437 tonnes
Engines : Compound diagonal by Sachsenberg at Rosslau

Entered service in 1910 as "Kronprinzessin Cecilie" - the name she bore until she re-entered service in 1950 following reconstruction after damage in World War II. She had been sunk at Mannheim after an air raid on January 13th 1945 and lay sunken until raised in 1947 and transported to Dusseldorf. She was moved to the Berninghaus yard at Cologne for rebuilding.

Cecilie was laid-up and put in reserve after the 1966 season and served as replacement for the damaged Goethe in June and July of 1967. Her return to regular service came as a result of the unfortunate loss through fire of the steamer Frieden on February 23rd 1968 at Cologne and she served for seven more summers until laid up at the harbour in Cologne-Niehl and finally withdrawn from the fleet in 1975. She was sold to the Dutch shipbreaker Arie Rijsdidijk, Boss & Zoonen in 1983 and on December 8th of that year began her last journey under tow to Hendrik-ido-Ambacht.  The engine, paddle wheels and centre section of the ship were sold to a private collector in Berlin. In 1995 a group purchased the engines and moved them to the Laubegast shipyard at Dresden with the intention of building a new but historically accurate "Cecilie". The project did not succeed and the engines were eventually sold on to Dutch entrpreneur and steam preservationist Klemens Key in 2000. Key had earlier bought the Rhine steamer Rudesheim and was operating her out of Rotterdam as "de Majesteit". The original intention was to use the engines in a new ship using the old hull of "Hansa" which remained in poor condition in Cologne but that project never materialised.

Above : As built. Photo dhown with the kind permission of Markus Graf

Above : Early years. Photo shown with the kind permission of Markus Graf

Above : 1930s. Photo swown with the kind permission of Markus Graf

Above : Cecilie at Bonn in a post card view (Kruger 936/12) sent to webmaster Gordon Stewart in 1970

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