Thurgau (ship, 1954)

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Thurgau ferry
Thurgau ferry
Ship data
flag GermanyGermany Germany
Ship type ferry
home port Konstanz-Staad , Baden-Wuerttemberg
Owner Stadtwerke Konstanz
Shipyard Bodan shipyard ,
Kressbronn on Lake Constance
building-costs 1,038,750 DM
Order February 28, 1953
Launch May 25, 1954
Commissioning 5th June 1954
Decommissioning January 1, 2004
Whereabouts Scrapped in 2005
Ship dimensions and crew
54.0 m ( Lüa )
width 12.2 m
Side height 3.10 m
Draft Max. 1.94 m
displacement 346  t
Machine system
machine 2 × MAN RHS 335 S engines
680 PS (500 kW)
11.61 kn (22 km / h)
propeller Voith-Schneider drive , 2 × VSP 16 E 100
Transport capacities
Load capacity 150 t dw
Permitted number of passengers 600
Vehicle capacity 40 cars

The Thurgau motor ferry was the fifth ferry on the Konstanz – Meersburg car ferry . The ferry was built in the Bodan shipyard in Kressbronn on Lake Constance / Germany. It was named after the Swiss canton of Thurgau , which borders on Konstanz .

The car ferry between Meersburg and Konstanz-Staad ran all year round. During the day the ferries commute irregularly every 7 to 20 minutes, at night once an hour. The 4.2 km long ferry line has existed since 1928 and is one of the most important traffic routes on the lake. A trip over the "floating bridge" takes about 15 minutes. The ferry operators are Stadtwerke Konstanz GmbH , based in Konstanz.


On February 28, 1953, the Bodan shipyard in Kressbronn on Lake Constance received the order to build the ship. It was launched on May 25, 1954 and entered service on June 5, 1954. It was the first ferry on Lake Constance to be equipped with a Voith-Schneider drive , which is also used on all of the following ferries operated by Stadtwerke Konstanz due to its better maneuverability. Although they are not identical sister ships, the Thurgau and the following three newbuildings, Hegau (1957) , Fritz Arnold (1963) and Fontainebleau (1970), are grouped together to form the Thurgau class because of their same length of 54 m and possible loading of 40 cars .

In 1956 the Thurgau collided with the Konstanzer Höri in front of the port of Konstanz- Staad.

The ship was rebuilt in the winter of 1965/66. The deck was widened, remote control and monitoring of the machinery from the wheelhouse and a sewage system were installed and the electrical systems were switched to 380 V three-phase current and 230 V alternating current . The ferries were equipped with radar systems as early as 1958.

After the commissioning of the Kreuzlingen ferry in 1993, the Thurgau was used as a reserve unit alternating with the Hegau and was mostly in the Staad ferry port.

On January 1, 2004, the Thurgau retired from active service and was used as a work ship in the reconstruction of the ferry docks in Staad and Meersburg, before being scrapped in the ÖSWAG shipyard in Fußach , Austria in 2005 .

The replacement is the Tábor ferry , which entered service on May 15, 2004.

More technical details

  • Total height above waterline / base: 10.7 m / 12.2 m
  • Lane width: 8.82 m / 8.15 m
  • Road height (passage): 3.9 m
  • Charging options on cars: (4.3m / car) 40 cars
  • Power supply: 2 × 30 KVA 380/220 V

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