PS Rhône    

Lake Geneva
Date entered service -- 1927
Length -- 68.0m
Breadth -- 14.3m
Major re-build -- 1969
Passenger capacity -- 850
Summer normally operates the Lausanne to Geneva return sailing (via the Swiss Coast)
followed by an evening dinner cruise to Montreux
 
7th September 2014 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 101-106-908-909 from Lausanne and Geneva followed by an evening cruise to Montreux and return on Sunday 7th September
5th September 2014 Broke down at Lausanne prior to the start of her day's servive on Friday 5th September
The small mv Lavaux covered all her sailings for the day
Following repairs, the paddle steamer returned to service the following morning
25th May 2014 Took part in the annual pre-season naval paradeoff-Vevey on Sunday 25th May
3rd May 2014 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 421-1350-1343-1344-1347-422-1223-1224 instead of a smaller motor vessel on Saturday 3rd May for the 60 years of the Museum of Léman at Nyon
 
8th September 2013 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 101-106-207 from Lausanne and Geneva followed by an evening cruise to Montreux and return on Sunday 8th September
19th May 2013 First public sailing of the season
The last Swiss paddle steamer to return to service in 2013 and took part in the annual pre-season naval parade off-Nyon sailing from Lausanne on Sunday 19th May
 
October 2012
Post-season film charter
Following completion of her regular seasonal sailings the paddle steamer was 'disguised' at Lausanne as a 1907 River Volga steamer.......
......prior to undertaking a film charter for several days mainly operating from an 'adapted Russian' Le Bouveret pier
19th September 2012 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 920-921-922-923-1125-1226 - two trips from Lausanne to the Upper Lake - followed by the return 1835 commuter sailing to Thonon-les-Bains on Wednesday 19th September
19th July 2012 Broke down at Geneva Eaux-Vives with rudder problems whilst operating sailing 101 on Thursday 19th July
Following repairs, the paddle steamer returned light to Lausanne overnight and returned to service the following morning
20th May 2012 First public sailing of the season
Returned to service after her major repairs to her damaged paddle wheel and took part in the annual pre-season naval parade off-Morges on Sunday 20th May
 
19th August 2011 Last sailing of the season
Broke down approaching Yvoire whilst operating sailing 101 on Friday 19th August as a result of damage to her starboard paddlewheel and after passengers were transferred she was immediately taken out of service for the rest of the season
5th June 2011 First sailings of the season
Despite initial plans not to be used in 2011, the paddle steamer returned to service after all commencing with the annual Naval Parade at Rolle sailing from Geneva on Sunday 5th June
 
12th September 2010 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 100-713-714-105 from Geneva to Lausanne and Evian-les-Bains on Sunday 12th September
25th April 2010 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 910-911-922-923 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake on Swiss Navigation Sunday 25th April
 
13th September 2009 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 200-201-202-203-922-941 from Lausanne on Sunday 13th September - this was much earlier than originally planned as her autumn sailings were covered by MPV Vevey
Summer 2009 As a result ofthe return to service of her larger sister PS La Suisse she was based at Lausanne and operated the daily round trip sailings 101-102 to Geneva from Sunday 28th June until Sunday 6th September
10th April 2009 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 910-911-922-923 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake on Good Friday 10th April
 
19th October 2008 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 910-911-922-923 from Lausanne on Sunday 19th October - this was two weeks earlier than originally planned
Do you have any further information why the paddle steamer was laid-up early ?
Summer 2008 As her larger sister PS La Suisse was undetaking a major re-build the paddle steamer was unusually based at Geneva and operated the "mini-Grand Race" sailings 100-105 from Geneva (which in 2008 were curtailed at Lausanne) from Sunday 1st June until Monday 22nd September
Late Spring 2008 Unusually operated the last ferry sailings 719-720 sailing from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains and return after her regular Upper Lake sailings on Sunday 4th May and the following two Sundays
22nd March 2008 First sailings of the season
Originally planned to operate sailings 910-911-922-923 from Lausanne on Good Friday 21st March but these were cancelled due to bad weather
Instead the same sailings on Easter Saturday 22nd March became the first sailings of the season
 
28th October 2007 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 900-901-922-923 from Lausanne on Sunday 28th October - the last day of the Autumn timetable
Peak-Summer 2007 Operated the peak-summer Lausanne to Geneva and return sailings 101-102 commencing Sunday 1st July followed by an evening cruise to Vevey
25th June 2007 The paddle steamer missed her first round trip sailings 200-201 from Lausanne to Le Bouveret due to burner problems on Monday 25th June
30th May 2007 The paddle steamer missed a day in service on Wednesday 30th May with blocked pipes and her Upper Lake sailings 200-201-202-203-922-923 were unusually covered by PS Montreux as the "standby" motor vessels had private charter sailings
5th May 2007 First sailings of the season
Operated the Upper Lake sailings 910-911-922-923 from Lausanne to Château de Chillon/Montreux and return on Saturday 5th May
 
19th October 2006 Breakdown at Ouchy Dock
The paddle steamer broke down at Ouchy dock on Thursday 19th October and was laid-up for the winter
She had been planned to continue until Sunday 29th October but in the end these sailings were covered by MPV Vevey
15th October 2006 Last actual sailings of the season
Operated the three Vevey 'shuttle' sailings from Lausanne on Sunday 15th October
25th May 2006 Operated two of the three 'new' "Haut-Lac Express" non-stop sailings from Lausanne to St-Gingolph followed by a short Lausanne to Vevey sailing commencing Ascension Thursday 25th May
14th April 2006 First sailings of the season
Operated the three 'new' short sailings from Lausanne to Vevey and return on Good Friday 14th April
 
30th October 2005 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 32-33 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph on Sunday 30th October
15th August 2005 Liberation of Evian-les-Bains
Operated an evening fireworks cruise from Lausanne and Evian-les-Bains on Monday 15th August
1st August 2005 Swiss National Day
Operated an evening fireworks cruise from Lausanne depart 2010 on Monday 1st August
14th July 2005 French National Holiday
Operated an evening fireworks cruise from Lausanne and Evian-les-Bains on Thursday 14th July
7th July 2005 Broke down at Clarens with hydraulic control problems on Thursday 7th July where she terminated her morning sailing 36 - the remainder of her sailings for the day were cancelled
See news page for further details
10th April 2005 Whilst returning to Lausanne on sailing 33 on Sunday 10th April the paddle steamer collided with Vevey La Tour pier in strong north winds - but was able to continue in service
She damaged her stern - see photo feature incorporating photos by Jean Vernet
25th March 2005 First sailings of the season
Entered service much earlier than normal and regularly operated timetabled sailings throughout the Spring period commencing with sailings 32-33 on Good Friday 25th March - 1230 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1525 return
It is a long time since a steam powered member of the fleet had been advertised to be in service during March
 
31st October 2004 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 32-33 on Sunday 31st October
see also last day photo feature
25th September 2004 Operated an evening country music cruise from Lausanne depart 2000 on Saturday 25th September
1st August 2004 Swiss National Day
Operated an evening fireworks cruise from Lausanne depart 2010 on Sunday 1st August
14th July 2004 Operated an evening fireworks cruise from Lausanne depart 2010 on Wednesday 14th July
15th May 2004 Operated a special evening 'singles' cruise from Lausanne depart 2015 on Saturday 15th May
25th April 2004 First sailings of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 28-29-51-56 on Sunday 25th April - 0820 from Lausanne to Montreux and return followed by 1110 from Lausanne to Geneva and return on Swiss Navigation Day instead of MPV Italie which had broken down the previous day
 
18th September 2003 Last timetabled sailings of the season
Operated sailings 47-71-118-83-184 on Thursday 18th September vice mv Ville-de-Genève as a result of charter sailings and the accident to PS La Suisse
4th September 2003 Operated the annual special sailing from Lausanne at 0915 to Thonon-les-Bains Fair on Thursday 4th September
28-29th June 2003 Operated the 'midnight' ferry sailings 253-264 on the night of Saturday/Sunday 28th/29th June - 0015 from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains and 0100 return instead of mv Général-Guisan
27th April 2003 First sailings of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 64-173-179-206 on Sunday 27th April - 1230 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1535 return on Swiss Navigation Day instead of mv Lausanne which had broken down the previous Friday
 
Autumn 2002 Entered Ouchy dock for an estimated 4,000 man-hours major overhaul on the engine and associated pipework
18th August 2002 Last sailing of 2002
Broke down for the third time in 2002 whilst operating the lunch cruise sailing 92 from Geneva on Sunday 18th August and was withdrawn from service for the remainder of 2002
28th/29th June 2002 The paddle steamer unusually operated the Weekend Late Night Ferry Service between Luasanne and Evian-les-Bains on the night of Friday/Saturday 28th/29th June
3rd May 2002 Return to service - after repairs 2002
Re-entered service following repairs on Friday 3rd May and operated sailings 64-155 instead of mv Chablais
7th April 2002 Broke down for a second time at Lausanne at approx 1355 on Sunday 7th April and the rostered afternoon sailings were operated by mv Chablais instead
See news page for further details
31st March 2002 Broke down at Villeneuve at approx 1545 on Easter Sunday and passengers were transferred to mv Grèbe to continue their journey to St-Gingolph
See news page for further details
29th March 2002 First sailings of 2002
Entered service much earlier than usual and operated sailings 30-91a-80b-191 on Good Friday 29th March - 1000 and 1400 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and return
 
17th September 2001 Last public sailing of 2001
Operated sailings 65-76-95-173 on Monday 17th September vice mv Général-Guisan which had broken down the previous day - 1230 "lunch cruise" from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains followed in the afternoon by the 1415 sailing round the Upper Lake
6th September 2001 Operated a special sailing from Lausanne to the 524th Thonon-les-Bains Fair on Thursday 6th September
31st August 2001 Last timetabled sailings of the season on Friday 31st August -- 1820 Geneva to Yvoire and 2015 return
1st July 2001 Start of daily timetabled sailings Sunday 1st July - first sailing 1220 Lunch cruise from Geneva
8th June 2001 First timetabled sailing of 2001 on Friday 8th June vice mv Chablais operating the "Upper Lake" stopping sailings 21-22-40-78-144-170-195-196 from Le Bouveret
19th May 2001 Return to service of PS Montreux after major rebuild
First public sailing of 2001 on Saturday 19th May
"Steamer Parade"
 
31st August 2000 Last timetabled sailings 65-76-95-173-177-218 of 2000 three weeks earlier than usual on Thursday 31st August
9th August 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 80-191 on Wednesday 9th August vice PS Savoie which was in Ouchy works for repairs - 1020 Geneva to St-Gingolph and 1700 St-Gingolph to Lausanne
8th August 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 36-91 on Tuesday 8th August vice PS Savoie which was in Ouchy works for repairs - 0930 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1150 St-Gingolph to Geneva (berth overnight)
5th August 2000 On Saturday 5th August operated an evening fireworks cruise from Lausanne to Geneva after the normal daytime timetabled sailings
1st August 2000 On Tueday 1st August operated an evening dance cruise from Evian-les-Bains and Lausanne after the normal daytime timetabled sailings
1st July 2000 Start of daily timetabled sailings Saturday 1st July 1230 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains
25th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 65-76-95-173-175-202-199-234 on Sunday 25th June vice mv Général-Guisan - 1230 "lunch cruise" from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains followed in the afternoon by the 1415 sailing round the Upper Lake and two ferry runs from Lausanne at 1815 and 1935
24th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 65-76-95-173-175-202-199-234 on Saturday 24th June vice mv Général-Guisan - 1230 "lunch cruise" from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains followed in the afternoon by the 1415 sailing round the Upper Lake and two ferry runs from Lausanne at 1815 and 1935
19th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 64-155 on Monday 19th June vice PS La Suisse - 0900 "Rhône Express" from Geneva to St-Gingolph and back as far as Lausanne (arr 1705) - PS La Suisse completed sailing 155 from Lausanne (dep 1715)
18th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 64-155 on Sunday 18th June vice PS La Suisse - 0900 "Rhône Express" from Geneva to St-Gingolph and back
17th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 64-155 on Saturday 17th June vice PS La Suisse - 0900 "Rhône Express" from Geneva to St-Gingolph and back
16th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailing 155 from Lausanne (dep 1715) on Friday 16th June vice PS La Suisse which had operated the 0900 "Rhône Express" from Geneva to St-Gingolph and back as far as Lausanne (arr 1705)
10th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 65-76-95-173-175-202-199-234 on Saturday 10th June vice mv Général-Guisan - 1230 "lunch cruise" from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains followed in the afternoon by the 1415 sailing round the Upper Lake and two ferry runs from Lausanne at 1815 and 1935
4th June 2000 Operated timetabled sailings 65-76-95-173-175-202-199-234 on Sunday 4th June vice mv Général-Guisan - 1230 "lunch cruise" from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains followed in the afternoon by the 1415 sailing round the Upper Lake and two ferry runs from Lausanne at 1815 and 1935
20th May 2000 First timetabled sailing of 2000 on Saturday 20th May vice mv Chablais - 1230 "lunch cruise" from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains - followed in the afternoon by sailings 80-191 during which calls were made at all of the remaining Upper Lake piers, the first time for many years by this paddle steamer
30th April 2000 First public sailing of 2000 on Sunday 30th April 1130 "naval parade" from Lausanne
 
1995 to 1999 The paddle steamer regularly operated the daily 0900/0915 "Rhone Express" (sailings 64-155)  from Geneva to St-Gingolph and 1500 return throughout the Summer Seasons (late-May to late-September)


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