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Lake Garda from Riva, with the paddle steamer "G Zanardelli" leaving port.

I was in Riva for the RS400 Eurocup dinghy races (see us sailing the day before in the WS!), but had time to look around as well. Sadly not enough time to take a trip on this fine old paddler. She was built in Switzerland in 1903, and saw extensive service until WW2, when she was damaged in an air attack in 1944 whilst on passenger service approaching Limone with the captain, the helmsman and several passengers being killed and many more injured. Back in service in the '50's, she ran aground (and I thought the lake was deep!) in October 1977 near Moderno, sustaining severe damage to the hull. Returning in 1983 with a diesel unit in place of her steam engines, she was for many years used infrequently and irregularly, but these days, "Zanardelli" now sees considerable use in the upper lake during the summer timetable period. Which is lucky for my photograph...

Shutter speed: 1/600th sec
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 1250 (I must have forgotten to put the ISO back to 200ish after some low-light shooting!)

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Additional Photos by Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1070 W: 301 N: 3089] (14105)
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