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Starnberger See,  Germany
The paddle steamer era on the Bavarian lake, named Wurmsee until 1962, lasted from 1851 until 1954. Five paddlers sailed during this period
Johnan Himbsel operated the first paddler, Maximilian, on morning and afternoon round-trips from Starnberg, to where Himbsel was also responsible for building the railway link from Munich. Not particularly successful financially, a consortium of local interests established a company to take over the business   

Above : Starnberg (ex-Wittelsbach) by kind courtesy of Markus Graf from his collection

Maximilian (1851-1885)
Length : 34 m
Was built with two separate cabins for the use of the King and Queen of Bavaria.
After time spent as a reserve ship. she was moved to the nearby Ammersee for further service before being scrapped in 1895

Ludwig (1872-
Renamed Tutzing in 1918

Bavaria (1878-

Wittelsbach (1886-1950)
Renamed Starnberg in 1918

Luitpold (-1954)
Renamed Munchen in 1918

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