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PS Hansa

Built in 1886 by Smit & Zoon, Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Length : 68.6 metres x 13.6 m breadth over sponsons
Engines : Compound 2 cylinder by Escher, Wyss of Zurich

Served until the First World War and taken over by the French occupational force after the war.
Sold in 1924 to Wilhelm Peters of Cologne and moored at the Koln-Mulheimer Ship Bridge as a house boat
Moved to Dusseldorf - first at Benrath the Volmerswerth under a series of private owners.
Original appearance substantially altered, especially with a large deckhouse put on the main deck forward
From 1977 to 1987 it was a restaurant owned by Udo Hempel
Sold in 1988 to a new private owner and restoration began as the ship's hull was completely sand blasted.
Work ceased before completion and the vessel was left to deteriorate
Taken to the dock at Koln - Mulheim in 1998 with restoration still planned but not actioned
Current status : unknown

Above : The remains of paddle steamer Hansa at Cologne on 15th November 2005. Photo by kind courtesy of Olivier Bachmann
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