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Pyongyang I

On first inspection one could be forgiven for thinking that the photos were taken somewhere near Dresden on the Elbe - but this paddler is in Pyongyang, North Korea. It is built to a design based on the Elbe paddlers, with the isolationist communist state taking help from the former German Democratic Republic when it came to building a vessel for charter excursions on the river Taedong.
It is understood to have been built in 1985 and is a motor paddler.
Since these photos were taken it has been modified with a glass-enclosed upper deck with new wheelhouse above and the funnel removed (probably 2010-15 period)

Paddle Steamer Pyongyang I at the North Korean capital city prior to her modernisation in the 2010s. Photo from the Olivier Bachmann collection, with thanks

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