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Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva in September 2005 as she was prior to her 2015-16 restoration
Built 1908 by Sulzer
Brothers at Winterthur, Switzerland
Engines: Compound Diagonal by Sulzer replaced by an 8 cylinder Sulzer
diesel / BBC electric unit in 1956-1958
Length : 61.5
Laid up after a final cruise on December 4th, 2005.
She is currently at the CGN dockyard at Bellerive, close to Lausanne-Ouchy.
A full restoration, including new engines, commenced in 2015
Returned to service with a
programme of short cruises from Geneva on 12/11/16 and Lausanne-Ouchy
ITALIE AWAITS HER TURN
MPV Italie lies at Bellerive dockyard on Lake
Geneva, stripped down as she awaits better times. Once her quasi-sister
Vevey emerges newly renovated, Italie can, with support from local
enthusaist group ABVL, expect to undergo the same treatment. Much
has been removed from the ship, included elements which will be
replaced totally and other items which will be stored for re-installation.
This has been done with the help of a local subsidised temporary
jobs programme for unemployed youth. The renovation which is expected
now to be at the end of 2014 will involve the installation of new
diesel engines, replacing those dating from 1958.
taken on 27th July 2012 by kind courtesy of Enrico Crosti
LAKE GENEVA PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
In 1988 and still with the "modern" funnel given to
her when she was "dieselised"
By 2000, seen at Rolle, she was very much once again a "traditional"
steamer in profile
The main deck restaurant aft, seen in 2005, her last year of
service before medium-term lay-up.
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Italie at Rolle in 2000