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Hamburg America Line Ships

Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG)Created by: PICRYLDated: 1914
Vaterland Departs, 5/26/14
The Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG), or Hamburg America Line, was a transatlantic shipping enterprise established in Hamburg, in 1847. The Company's ships were among the largest and fastest connecting Europe with North American ports, including Hoboken and New Orleans.

The Hamburg America Line lost almost the entirety of its fleet twice, as a result of World Wars One and Two, as a result of attacks and war reparations. This is just a few of the ships:

Hansa = Sovetskij Soyuz
America = America
Ariadne 1 = Lady Gwendoline
Augusta Victoria = Normannia, Kuban
Batavia (1899-1924) = Polonia,
Bavaria 3 (1905-1934) = Calixto Garcia,
Bavaria (1921-1958) = Sontay,
Belgravia (1899-1945) = Riga
Bethania (1898-1944) = Parisian,
Bitterfeld (1930-1943) = Mariso
Blücher (1901-1929) = Leopoldina,
Bosnia (1898-1924) = Frangestan
Brasilia (1897-1920) = Norseman
Bulgaria (1898-1924) = Canada,
Caribia (1933-1983) = Ilitch
Cincinatti (1908-1918) = Covington
Cleveland (1909-1923) = King Alexander
Columbia (1889-1907) = Rapido, Terek
Corcovado (1907-1954) = Sueh
Cordillera (1933-1979) = Russ
Dania 1 (1889-1927) = Montserrat
Dania (1904-1924) = Tsad
Dortmund (1926-1971) = Lugela
Emil Kirdorf (1922-1963) = Ardeal
Prince Bismarck (1891-1924) = Venetia, Don, Moscow
Fuerst Bismarck (1905-1935) = Friedrichsruf
General Miter (1920-1950) = Arthur
Habsburg (1906-1933) = Teutonia 4
Hamburg I (1899-1928) = President Fillmore
Heluan (1908-1931) = City of Lucknow
Hesse (1922-1946) = Fechenheim
Holsatia V (1909-1928) = Frisia
Empress Auguste Victoria (1905-1931) = Empress of Scotland
Imperator (1913-1938) = SS Imperator
Kiatschou (1900-1933) = Princess Alice
King Friedrich August (1906-1931) = Montreal
King William 2 (1907-1947) = Madawaska, US Grant
Crown Princess Cecilie (1905-1926) = Princess
Leuna (1927-1970) = Kozma Minin, Pulaski
Los Angeles (1928-1956) = Roda
Magdalena (1928-1980) = Rio Magdalena
Moltke (1901-1925) = Pesaro
Niederwald 2 (1921-1942) = Asuncion
Normannia (1890-1906) = Patriota, L`Aquitaine
Oakland (1929-1968) = Sperrbrecher IV,
Oceana (1890-1927) = Scot, Alfonso XIII, Vadco Nunez de Balboa
Orinoco (1927-1963) = Puebla, Juan de Garay
Palatia 1 (1894-1925) = Nikolaiev, Norodovoletz
Patria 3 (1938-1985) = Empire Welland
Pennsylvania (1896-1924) = Nansemond
Phenicia (1894-1937) = Kronstadt, Fleiss, Vulcain
Polynesia (1904-1938) = Colonia, Hohenstein, Tel Aviv
President Grant (1903-1951) = President Buchanan
President Lincoln (1903-1918) = Servian
Prince Adalbert (1902-1917) = Princetown, Alesia
Prince Joachim (1903-1933) = Mocassin, Porto Rico
Princess Victoria Luise (1901-1906)
Rhineland 3 (1927-1941) = Behala
Rhenania 3 (1904-1916) = Feltre
Saarland (1923-1943) = Teiyo Maru
Saxony II (1922-1949) = La Plata
Sachsenwald 2 (1910-1932) = Earl of Forfar,
San Francisco (1927-1943) = Rhakotis
Sauerland 2 (1928-1944) = Sperrbrecher VII,
Sibiria (1894-1916) = Hertha
Silvia (1901-1938) = Rivera
Steigerwald (1921-1943) = Santa Fé,
Thessalia (1904-1933) = Galicia
Thuringia (1923-1949) = General San Martin
Toledo (1914-1933) = Kigoma
Vaterland (1911-1938) = SS Leviathan
Vancouver (1930-1959) = Curacao
Venetia (1891-1917) = Bellagio
Vogtland (1924-1943) = Berakit
Westphalia III (1923-1946) = General Artigas
Württemberg (1921-1947) = Jan Wellem
Ypiranga (1908-1950) = Assyria

The company built a large ocean liner terminal at Cuxhaven, Germany, in 1900. Connected directly to Hamburg by a dedicated railway line and station, the HAPAG Terminal at Cuxhaven served as the major departure point for German and European immigrants to North America until 1969 when ocean liner travel ceased. Today it serves as a museum and cruise ship terminal.
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[N.Y. (City) Harbor: SS MAJESTIC - full, broadside view]

[N.Y. (City) Harbor: SS MAJESTIC - full, broadside view]

Photo copyrighted by A. Loeffler. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: NY NYC Statues; New York NYC Waterfront; Ships; Shelf.

[N.Y. (City) Harbor: SS ST. LOUIS - full, broadside view]

[N.Y. (City) Harbor: SS ST. LOUIS - full, broadside view]

Photo copyrighted by A. Loeffler. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: NY NYC Statues; New York NYC Waterfront; Ships; Shelf.

[Steamship "Normannia", Algiers, Algeria]

[Steamship "Normannia", Algiers, Algeria]

Title from the Detroit Photographic Co., catalogue F scenic, architectural, and marine views, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, c1899. Print no. "6221". Forms part of: Views of people and sites in ... more

MAJESTIC
LEVIATHAN
HAMBURG
Leviathan
LEVIATHAN
BERENGARIA
LEVIATHAN
IMPERATOR

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

S.S. DEUTSCHLAND

S.S. DEUTSCHLAND

Full starboard view. Photo copyrighted by A. Loeffler, Tompkinsville, N.Y. No. 627. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Ships D-; Shelf.

LEVIATHAN
LEVIATHAN
LEVIATHAN
LEVIATHAN
BERENGARIA
LEVIATHAN
Theo. Roosevelt on "Imperator"

Theo. Roosevelt on "Imperator"

Title from item. "3124-8" on image.

IMPERATOR

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator being built, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Life boat device on "IMPERATOR"

Life boat device on "IMPERATOR"

Photo shows a model of the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

IMPERATOR

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

IMPERATOR

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

HAVANA

HAVANA

Photo shows the S.S. Havana, a passenger steamship for the Ward Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)

IMPERATOR - figurehead

IMPERATOR - figurehead

Photo shows the figurehead of the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. The figurehead was damaged in 1914 and replaced with grillwork. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

VATERLAND
IMPERATOR
Jay Gould

Jay Gould

Photo shows Jay Gould II (1888-1935) on the German liner S.S. Kronprinzessin Cecilie. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

IMPERATOR

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Capt. Kreibaum S.S. KROONLAND

Capt. Kreibaum S.S. KROONLAND

Photo shows Captain Kreibaum (Kreibohm) of the S.S. Kroonland which was one of ten ships that came to the aid of the burning liner Volturno in the mid-Atlantic in October 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)

IMPERATOR - Fire-fighter in shrouds

IMPERATOR - Fire-fighter in shrouds

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

VATERLAND
Gallery of Roman Bath on "IMPERATOR"

Gallery of Roman Bath on "IMPERATOR"

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

VATERLAND
Jay Gould

Jay Gould

Photo shows Jay Gould II (1888-1935) on the German Liner S.S. Kronprinzessin Cecilie. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Capt. Rostron & under officers of CARPATHIA [ship]

Capt. Rostron & under officers of CARPATHIA [ship]

Photo shows Captain Arthur Henry Rostron next to the silver loving cup presented to him in May 1912 by survivors of the Titanic in recognition of his heroism in their rescue. James Gordon Partridge Bisset (1883... more

Rudder and screws of S.S. IMPERATOR

Rudder and screws of S.S. IMPERATOR

Photo shows shipbuilders on scaffolding at construction site of the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line, Hamburg, Germany. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009) George Grantham Bain Coll... more

Kaiser leaving stand after christening of "IMPERATOR"

Kaiser leaving stand after christening of "IMPERATOR"

Photo shows the Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany christening the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line, May 23, 1912. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Figurehead of IMPERATOR

Figurehead of IMPERATOR

Photo shows the figurehead of a model of the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009, 2013)

On the IMPERATOR

On the IMPERATOR

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York Times, Ju... more

IMPERATOR - Immigrants & luggage

IMPERATOR - Immigrants & luggage

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York Times, Ju... more

IMPERATOR - Fire-hatchway thro' which flames were fought

IMPERATOR - Fire-hatchway thro' which flames were fought

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner in the Hamburg America Line, after a fire in a storeoom which occured while ship was docked at Hoboken, New Jersey. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New Y... more

IMPERATOR

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York Times, Ju... more

IMPERATOR

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York Times, Ju... more

IMPERATOR's arrival, 6/19/13

IMPERATOR's arrival, 6/19/13

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York Times, Ju... more

IMPERATOR docking

IMPERATOR docking

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line probably in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York ... more

Forward deck of IMPERATOR - Passengers & luggage

Forward deck of IMPERATOR - Passengers & luggage

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York Times, Ju... more

On the IMPERATOR, Capt. H. von Meibom, Com. Ruser, Capt. A. Hoefer, Capt. H. Schetelig, Capt. K. Meyer

On the IMPERATOR, Capt. H. von Meibom, Com. Ruser, Capt. A. Hoefer, Ca...

Photo shows the crew of the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New Yo... more

G.L. Maggio boarding tug for "IMPERATOR"

G.L. Maggio boarding tug for "IMPERATOR"

Photo probably related to the New York City visit of the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 20... more

IMPERATOR starts

IMPERATOR starts

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York Times, Ju... more

Departure of the IMPERATOR, June 25, 1913

Departure of the IMPERATOR, June 25, 1913

New York City. Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Caption card tracings: NY NYC Waterfront...; Ships;... more

VATERLAND

VATERLAND

Photo shows a photograph of an illustration of the transatlantic ocean liner "Vaterland" which was built for Germany's Hamburg American Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)

IMPERATOR docking

IMPERATOR docking

Photo shows the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line in New York City. The Imperator arrived in New York City on June 19, 1913. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and New York Times, Ju... more