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Rhine River steamboat Goethe under steam for the last time

Posted 10-06-2008 at 05:51 PM by Franz Neumeier
On Sunday, October 5, 2008, the steam-operated paddlewheeler GOETHE blew her steam whistle, stopped the engines and cooled down the boiler for the last time in history. The Goethe was the last remaining steamboat on the Rhine River.

Her owner, the Koeln-Duesseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt AG (KD) has decided to remove the 1913 built steam engine and replace them with a modern diesel-hydraulic engine. The Goethe operates out of Koblenz, serving a beautiful and scenic route on the Rhine River including the famous Loreley bluffs. With the Goethe her long-time captain, Capt. Peter Zoeller, will retire. He was on the wheel when the Goethe ran her daily route the last time under steam on Sunday.

Pictures of the Rhine River Steamboat GOETHE:

The Goethe near Koblenz, Rhine River, Germany in May 2004.

"Capt." Leonie onboard the Goethe in may 2004, enjoying the telegraph and steering wheel exhibition on the main deck.
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