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MPV Grof Szechenyi  (ex-Stadt Passau)
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Grof Szechenyi sailing through Budapest on 18th June 2009 : Photo kindly supplied by Zsolt Szabo

Built in 1940 by DDSG at Werft Korneuburg, Vienna
Engines : Diesel-Electric by Sulzer / Brown-Boveri
Length 77.7 metres : Width 8.4 / 15.2 metres
Tonnage : 650 Displacement
Fitted with 24 cabins for overnight accommodation for River Danube cruises from Vienna to Passau

Entered service in 1940 and continued in service until 1942, when services closed during the course of World War II
After the war, sailed on the Vienna - Passau service until its closure after the 1985 season and during its revival from 1991 to 1995
After withdrawal in 1985, Stadt Passau was sold to the German city from which she took her name and remained laid-up there for many years
She was bought by a Hungarian businessman, Kornel Foldi, for a nominal sum on the basis that he would renovate her and run her in service from Budapest to Passau.
Moved to Budapest for renovation in August 2001 but with renovation in progress and a return to service in prospect, her owner was shot dead aboard the vessel
Stadt Passau was then renamed "Captain Daniel" in 2002 and later moved to a shipyard at Komarno for restoration work and re-engining.
Renamed "Grof Szechenyi" on 18th December 2006 after she had be sold on to new owners, Greenhill Rendezvenyiroda Zrl, .
Returned to Budapest (tied up at Ujpest in early 2007)
Has been refurbished to a very high quality standard and is available for functions, conferences etc

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Ornamental staircase on 5th December 2008 by Zsolt Szabo

Aboard Grof Szechenyi on 5th December 2008 (Zsolt Szabo)

Engine Room on 5th December 2008 (Zsolt Szabo)

Above : Grof Szechenyi at Budapest  on 14th August 2010. Photo by kind courtesy of Phil Barnes. Click here for more
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