Loschwitz (ship, 1876)

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Loschwitz p1
Ship data
flag Kingdom of SaxonyKingdom of Saxony Saxony
Ship type Paddle steamer
home port Dresden
Owner Saxon-Bohemian Steamship Company
Shipyard Shipyard Ruston & Co. Karolinenthal Prague
Launch 1876
Commissioning 1876
Whereabouts Wrecked in 1888
Ship dimensions and crew
34.80 m ( Lüa )
width 3.55 m
Machine system
machine 1-flame tube cylinder boiler
2-cylinder compound machine Lignite consumption approx. 143 kg / h
80 hp (59 kW)
upstream: approx. 9.6 km / h
downstream: approx. 12.2 km / h
propeller 2 patent side wheels
Transport capacities
Permitted number of passengers 280

The paddle steamer Loschwitz was built in 1876 in the Karolinenthal shipyard in Prague by the shipbuilding and mechanical engineering company Ruston & Co.


The ship was designed as a tugboat with a screw drive. After the order was canceled by the client, there was no buyer. The Sächsisch-Böhmische Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft (SBDG) bought the half-finished ship at the shipyard and had it converted into a side wheel steamer.

On May 9, 1876 the ship arrived in Dresden from Prague. It was put into service as a smooth-deck steamer and used on the Dresden - Loschwitz route. The construction of the ship, built as a screw steamer, did not prove itself in use. In 1881, the 24.80 meter long ship was lengthened by 10 meters at the Blasewitz shipyard and a continuous main deck was installed. The conversion did not improve the driving behavior. In the autumn of 1888, the ship was therefore decommissioned and scrapped.

The steam engine

The steam engine was an oscillating, high-pressure, two-cylinder composite steam engine with injection condensation. The power was 80  PSi . Like the single-flame tube cylinder boiler, it was built by the Prague shipbuilding and mechanical engineering company Ruston & Co. The steam pressure of the boiler was 5 bar. After the ship was scrapped, the Loschwitz (II) built in 1888 received a steam engine and boiler.

Captain of the ship

  • Carl Wilhelm Pfund 1877–1888


  • Hans Rindt: The "White Fleet" Dresden. From the history of the Upper Elbe passenger shipping. Deutsches Schiffahrtsarchiv 3 (= Writings of the German Shipping Museum , Volume 12), Oceanum-Verlag, Wiefelstede 1980, ISBN 3-7979-1523-3 , 1980, pp. 69–114, especially p. 88 ( online as PDF ; 5.1 MB).
  • Frank Müller, Wolfgang Quinger: With steam and paddle wheel on the Upper Elbe . transpress VEB Verlag for Transport, Berlin, 1988, ISBN 3-344-00286-4 .
  • Address and business manual of the royal capital and residence city of Dresden 1877 to 1884
  • Shipping calendar for the Elbe area from 1885 to 1888

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