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Simplon (3)
Page 2: Modern Postcards
Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN)
This page is one of a series devoted to postcards and photographs of the Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN) steamer Simplon (3) . This page shows modern postcards of the Simplon (3). Other Simplon (3) pages are listed below. There is a table of all CGN individual ship histories on the CGN Header Page.
SIMPLON POSTCARDS was named after the Simplon, the largest working paddle steamer on the Swiss lakes, which is owned and operated by the Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN) on Lake Geneva.
Simplon was ordered in 1913 from Sulzer Brothers, the second 70 metre paddle steamer on Lake Geneva. She differed from her predecessor La Suisse (2) by having her twin boilers (and consequently her funnel) aft of the paddle shaft. The subsequent two deliveries Helvétie (2) and Rhône also followed this pattern. Her hull was completed in 1915, and the boilers and machinery were also added. However, due to the war, construction was slowed, and Simplon was not delivered until 1920. Simplon is 70m long and can carry 1500 passengers. A 1400hp 2-Cylinder compound steam engine can drive her at 29.5kph. In 1928, she received an aluminium canopy over the top deck. The front of this canopy was glazed in 1932. She saw little use during the second war. her boilers were converted to oil firing in 1959. At the end of the 1966 season, Simplon was withdrawn for the replacement of her boilers, returning to service in May 1968. She was the last ship in the fleet to receive radar, in 1980.
In the 1980s and 1990s she was mainly used as reserve ship, based at Lausanne-Ouchy, but saw greater scheduled use whilst the diesel paddler Montreux was rebuilt with new steam engines, and again when the rebuilding of Savoie commenced. Whilst on this duty in August 2003, she suffered a boiler explosion, but is due to return to scheduled service on 17th July 2005, taking over one of the two-day rotas during the peak weeks until August (run by Vevey in 2004).
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Simplon (3) Pages:-
Simplon (3) - Page 1 - Historic Postcards
Simplon (3) - Page 2 - Modern Postcards - this page
Simplon (3) - Page 3 - Pre-2004 Photographs
Simplon (3) - Page 4 - 2004 Photographs
Simplon (3) - Page 5 - 2005 Photographs
Simplon (3) - in 2006 - 2006 Photographs
CGN Pages:-
CGN Header Page
CGN - Page 1 - Paddle Steamers 1822-1886
CGN - Page 2 - Paddle Vessels 1887-2004
CGN - Page 3 - Screw Motor Vessels
CGN - Page 4 - The 2004 Fleet
CGN - Page 5 - The 2005 Fleet
CGN - Page 6 - The 2006 Fleet
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Simplon (3)
Page 2: Modern Postcards
CGN Official Postcards
CGN official postcard of Simplon (3).

One of a series of eight postcards showing each of the surviving paddle vessels, issued in 1998 for the 125th Anniversary of CGN. This one shows both historic and modern images of Simplon.

Commercial Postcards
IRIS postcard 867 (Editions Jaeger) of Simplon (3) at Clarens, Montreux.
Early colour photographic card with original wheelhouse.

Editions Jaeger postcard 7022 of Simplon (3) at Geneva.

Editions Jaeger postcard GE22S of Simplon (3) at Geneva.
Variation on the card above.

Linda Color postcard 8289 of Simplon (3).

Photoglob postcard 10030 of Simplon (3) at Montreux.

Photoglob postcard 10025 of Simplon (3) at Montreux.

Pierre Jaeger postcard 6123 of Simplon (3) at Montreux.

Pierre Jaeger postcard 6117 of Simplon (3) at Montreux.

Postcard of Simplon (3) at Montreux.
Variation on the card above.

Yvon postcard 74500 of Simplon (3) at Evian-les-Bains.

Photoglob postcard 11190 of Simplon (3) at Geneva.

Photoglob postcard 11026 of Simplon (3) and Helvétie (2) at Geneva.

Photoglob postcard 11088 of Simplon (3), Helvétie (2) and Italie at Geneva.

Perrochet postcard 1173-1897 of Simplon (3), Helvétie (2) and La Suisse (2) at Le Bouveret.

Editions Zed (Pully) postcard 30/25 of Simplon (3) at Vevey.

Combier postcard c3 74119-0-00004 of Simplon (3) at Evian-les-Bains (plus enlarged view of ship).

Flashcartes postcard 74000012 of Simplon (3) at Evian-les-Bains (plus enlarged view of ship).

Simplon Postcards first release showing Simplon (3) at Ouchy (prior to a wedding charter).
The card does not carry a serial number, but it was later allocated the number 2.8 and sold as part of a set.

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