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Lake Thun, Switzerland
Paddle steamer Blumlisalp (1906-1971, but reactivated in 1992) was the only full saloon paddle steamer built for Lake Thun. The large motor ship era began in 1954 with the introduction of the Jungfrau, which was later moved to Lake Brienz. 
Historical Paddle Steamers
Paddle steamers originally built as flat deck but later converted to half-saloon configuration

Helvetia
(1889-1959)
Bubenberg (1874-1962 : Scrapped 1963)
Beatus (1871-1963 - Scrapped 1964)

Earlier paddle steamers

Neptun (1862-70 : bought second hand primarily as a tug but used on occasions for passenger service)
Stadt Bern (1861-1955 - scrapped in 1956)
Stadt Thun (1856-1924 - scrapped in 1929)
Niesen (1843-99)
Schiff Matti (1843-55 : Built 1839 as Giessbach on Lake Brienz. Renamed Helvetia in 1846)

Bellevue (1835-42 - Transferred to Lake Brienz as DS Faulhorn)


BIBLIOGRAPHY


Die Geschichte der Schiffahrt auf dem Thuner- und Brienzersee
By Erich Liechti, Jurg Meister and Josef Gwerder
Published in 1986 **  by Ott Verlag, Thun
ISBN 3-7225-6334-8
Ship-by-ship chronologies, copiously illustrated and including line diagrams of vessel layouts.
** An updated edition was published in 2022 

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