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Paddler in static operation as a restaurant

Le Pacha (1901)

According to legend, a wealthy Egyptian Pacha decided to build his own floating retirement palace on the Nile but died in 1901 before he could fulfil his dream of living aboard in some luxury. The boat fell into disrepair and lay partially sunken for a long period of time until discovered, identified, refurbished and modernised for reopening in 1992 by Johnny Zahra, a well know businessman in the Cairo hospitality scene. It is now a five-star entertainment centre with a range of restaurants and function rooms and has won may international awards for the standard of its cuisine. Clearly it is far removed from the original form with two decks added during its modern reconstruction. It is moored on the Nile at Gezira Island at Cairo at Saray El-Geriza St.



Paddler hull preserved with hopes for rebuilding

Bordein (1865)

Along with the river gunboat "Melik", the paddle steamer "Bordein" was used for military of the British Army. Both ships survive and are under the protection of the Melik Society (
website). The Bordein (see web page) was built by Samuda in Poplar (London) in around 1865 with machinery by J Penn of Greenwich. Shipped out in sections she was re-assembled at Bulaq and had a varied history, being involved in numerous military activities. She hit rocks and was incapacitated in 1884 but recoved by the local Mahdist government for their own service. In 1898 she was captured by the British Army and served until withdrawal in 1906. She was restored to her mid 1880s condition in 1930 and later became a tourist attraction. She is now in a totally derelict condition at Khartoum North dockyard bereft of machinery and boiler.

Jan 2011 : News has appeared to indicate that Bordein is being restored as a potential tourist attraction. The ship was found in twelve separate pieces north of Khartoum and has now been reassembled and moved to Omdurman with the support of the Melik Society.
Report and photos on the Melik Society website :

United States of America
In static operation as museum ships
Ticonderoga (1906)
Shelburne, VT

Lake Champlain sidewheeler now landlocked at the nearby Shelburne Museum, having been moved overland in 1954. between 1951 and 1954 she had been operated by preservationists.

Museum website :
Ticonderoga page :

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Eureka (1890)
San Francisco CA

Double-ended wooden-hulled paddle ferry, built in 1890 (and rebuilt in 1923) and with original walking-beam steam engine. Preserved at the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park

Capt Meriwether Lewis (1932)
Brownsville, NE

A dustpan dredge built by the Marietta Manufacturing Co at Point Pleasant, WV and 268 ft long. Now exhibited on a dry berth at Brownsville owned by the Meriwether Lewis Foundation.

William M Black (1934)
Dubuque, Iowa

277 ft long dredge built by the Marietta Manufacturing Co at Point Pleasant, WV and now a floating museum owned by the Dubuque County Historical Society

PT  Eppleton Hall
San Francisco, CA

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In private ownership and open as an entertainment venue

William S Mitchell
Newport, KY

Former US Army Corps of Engineers dredger built in 1934 now in private ownership and open as a "Haunted Ship" attraction called "USS Nightmare" at Newport, Kentucky (opposite Cincinnati, Ohio).

Website :

In Private Ownership

Sausalito, CA

Built as Ferry Co No 2 for service at Portland before being moved for San Francisco in 1898 and being renamed Vallejo. Withdrawn in 1948 but saved from the scrapyard by three artists who bought the ship for use as a studio and houseboat. Most of the machinery remains in situ.

Wikipedia page :

Antioch, CA

Sausalito serves as the clubhouse for the Sportsmen Yacht Club at Antioch and is moored in a harbour off the San Joaquin river. She has been here since 1934, soon after retirement. She was built in 1894 by the Fulton Ironworks in San Francisco for the North Pacific Railroad Company and carried railway wagons amongst others from San Francisco to Sausalito . She was involved in the worst ferry disaster in San Francisco bay in 1901 when she rammed and sank the ferry San Rafael near Alcatraz island with the loss of three lives. Her engines have been removed

Website :


Exequiel Ramos Mejia (1911) 

Roque Saenz Pena (1911)

The British were well known for their involvement in the construction of the railway system in Argentina, and their shipyards also supplied ferries to work in association with the railways. A&J Inglis, whose yard was at Pointhouse, Glasgow and is well known for being the builders of the famous surviving paddle steamer Waverley, built a number of train ferries for Argentina, including two paddlers for the Entre-Rios Company, which operated until 1990. These ships linked Argentina and Paraguay across the Parana river at Posadas/Encarnacion and served together from 18th October 1913 until 8th March 1990 when a railway bridge was opened. They still exist although laid up near Posadas.
President Roque Saenz Pena is in the better condition and in recent years but local railway enthusiasts have adopted it and made it into a small railway museum, open since 2002. It has also been used for entertainment functions. In 2003, the two ferries were declared National Historic Monuments, and are now unique survivors, being train ferries.
Whilst much of the engine and boilers remain, valuable brass has been stripped out


Blumenau (1895) 

28 metres x 4.4 metres. Built in Dresden, Germany but assembled in Itajai, Brazil, for the Itajai-Blumenau Steam Navigation Company sailing between the two settlements for which the company was named as "Vapor Blumenau" ie Blumenau Steam. Sailed until the 1950s and then preserved as a public attraction with a historical display concerning local river navigation. A refurbishment in 2002 sought to return her to approximate her original design. The boilers and engine remain intact.

Saldanha Morinho

Side wheeler built in the USA and sailed on the Mississippi before being transferred to the Brazilian Amazon basin.
Served on the Velhas River (a tributary of the Sao Francisco) and also sailed on the latter based at the city of Sao Francisco and later at Pirapora
Preserved at Petrolina (Juazeiro) alongside the Sao Francisco river


The remains of a Brazilian naval vessel, captured by the Paraguayans in 1865 is displayed along with other old vessels on dry land at the Vapor Cue National Park at Caragutay which also acts as a memorial to naval war dead. Although in deteriorating condition, her hull is intact and the main elements of her two oscillating cylinders and crankshaft remain. Her paddles are also attached to the side of the hull and a tall narrow funnel survives.

Maid of Sker

Maid of Sker was built in 1884 by JW Sutton at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. She moved to the Gold Coast in 1893 and sailed on the Nerang River between Nerang and Brisbane until 1930. Its hull was given to the Gold Coast City Council in 1984 and towed from Brisbane to her new home, Bischof Pioneer Park in Nerang, where she was exhibited on land in 1986. In 2015 she was at risk of scrapping due to severe deterioration, but the council agreed a funding package to save the ship 


Built in 1876, Gem was
purchased by the Pioneer Settlement in 1962 and towed by Oscar W from Mildura. Her boiler and engine had been removed in 1956. Under reconstruction but available for inspection at The Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement attraction

Above : Gem in 2021. Photo by Thom Devereux via wikipedia under Creative Commons Licence.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International


Hobby paddle steamer Jumna was inspired by the British harbour tug of the same name which operated out of Littlehampton, Sussex, UK. It was built by Sussex emigre the Rev R E Davies. Built in 1939, she operated privately until the 1960s before being put on display at the Old Butter Factory Museum in Busselton, WA.
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