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Operating Area : Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstattersee), Switzerland
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PS Gallia approaching Weggis pier on Lake Luzern in August 2008
Built by Escher Wyss & Cie. at Zurich, Switzerland
Length 62.85 metres (overall) - 60.00 m (perpendiculars)
2 cylinder compound diagonal engine - 700 and 1200 mm x 1400 mm stroke :
the fastest Swiss paddler (reaching 17 knots, 31 km/h)
4.26 m diameter wheel with 9 paddles of 2.90 x 0.76 m
Reassembled at Luzern from December 1912 and launched on June 2nd, 1913

Entered service on July 10th 1913
Enclosed wheelhouse built in 1925
Out of service for the 1979 season for a major re-fit
Last journey made on 23rd September 2001 before undergoing her next major refit.
Inaugural passenger run for the "new" Gallia : May 1, 2004

From the archive

Gallia seen in 1997 with Weggis in the background

At the SGV dockyard alongside Unterwalden in 1996

Cruising off Vitznau in 2001- her final year before major refurbishment

Making the once-weekly call at Seedorf in the same year

It is planned to increase the covered accommodation on the upper deck...

.......whilst keeping her place as Switzerland's fastest paddler

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