Photographer's Note

Lake Balaton, a rift lake, is the largest lake in Central Europe and one of the foremost regional tourist destinations. Though in the era of the Roman Empire (when the region was called Provincia Pannonia) the lake was used already for regular transport, there was no kind of shipping (except those of fishermen) until the first steamer of Balaton (Kisfaludy) was set afloat on 21st September 1846.

Jókai, named after the famous Hungarian writer and Balatonfüred citizen, was built in 1913 with steam driven engines and is now the third oldest ship on the lake. During her long life she was sinked by retreating German troups in 1944 (quite a stupid decision: could you imagine her as dagerous arms?), then restored and later rebuilt. Now she is driven by a 300 hp Caterpillar Diesel engine, length: 36,0 m, width: 5,2 m, capacity: 200 persons. Click on the map function to look at her location at the time of capture.

Old but nice, isn't she?

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