Lake Garda Paddle Boat

13th July 2008, 08:46
Has anyone any information on the "Italia" a paddle driven ferry operating on Lake Garda? I was on the landing stage at Simeone when she came alongside, even when going "full astern" there was no smoke or steam from the stack, whilst berthed on looking through the paddlebox cutouts I could see the port paddle rotating at about 4/5 rpm whilst the starboard paddle was stationary. On casting off she went astern with the port paddle whilst going ahead with the starboard paddle confirming that they were not linked.
Any answers ?

13th July 2008, 12:22
Some info here: An Italian page: There's some photos to be had by clicking 'Gallery' on the left. Regards, Stein.

13th July 2008, 22:54
Thankyou stein, you confirmed my suspicion that she had been re-engined regards antjon2

John Gurton
13th July 2008, 23:54
I hope I can check this out next week, going to Lake Garda on Saturday ! I'll take along my credentials as a part time Captain of the Kingswear Castle for a visit to the wheelhouse, with luck !