:  The Internet's leading website for Side-Wheeled Paddle Steamers

PS Simplon                                                                                Area : Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Simplon in Geneva - September 2005
Built 1914-1920 by Sulzer Brothers at Winterthur, Switzerland, with work suspended during World War I
Engines: Compound Diagonal by Sulzer
Length : 78.5 metres

Entered service in 1920
Reboilered in 1968
An explosion in the funnel area at Geneva on August 18th, 2003 ended her season prematurely
Repair work began in November 2003 supported heavily by private donations.
Back in service in July 2005
but out of service again in August 2009 when cracks were found in her pistons.
Underwent a significant overhaul 2010/11 funded entirely by private donations and included a complete overhaul of the engines and the installation of two bow thrusters.
The first class restaurant was also attended to with the aim to restore her to as close as possible to her 1920 condition.   A buffet servery was created in the main deck rotunda forward
Simplon returned to service in May 2011

From the archive

Main deck starboard - looking forward - 2005

Main deck - First class restaurant aft

Upper deck looking forward

Go to the Photograph Collection

Return to

Paddle Steamer List