A submarine learns how to fly

After moving the vessel on wheels within the premises in a heavy haulage procedure on 17 November 2006, we finished the move to the final site next to the navigation hall. The new light shaft for the workshops of the Swiss Museum of Transport also serves as part of the new foundation for the submarine. The vessel is seated in two new steel saddles.

The Mesoscaphe is a submarine that was designed by Auguste Piccard and built by his son Jacques. It was the attraction at the national exhibition in 1964 and the first submarine to transport tourists. During the exhibition, it conducted more than 1,000 dive sessions, taking about 33,000 people to the murky depths of Lake Geneva. In 2005 it was decided that the legendary submarine would find its place of repose in Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne.

Specifications Mesoscaphe
Built:1964
Weight:128t (today)
Mass:28,5 x 6,8 x 6,6 m
Performance:58,8 KW
Max. Depth:750 m
Crew/Passangers:5 / 40

Pictures: Photopress, BAUBERGER AG

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