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Hamburg America Line Ships

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.
Vaterland Departs, 5/26/14
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IMPERATOR

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

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"

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

IMPERATOR

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

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)

HAVANA

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

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)

Jay Gould

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

IMPERATOR

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

IMPERATOR - Fire-fighter in shrouds

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

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)

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]

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"

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

Watching departure - IMPERATOR

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

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 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

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

S.S. IMPERATOR outward bound

Statue of Liberty in backgrd. Battery Park in foregrd., New York City.

IMPERATOR's departure

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

Theodore Roosevelt and Houdini, S.S. Imperator

Photograph showing Theodore Roosevelt and Houdini, full-length portrait, both standing, aboard the Imperator.

Lady Sybil Grey & Lady Evelyn Grey Jones on VATERLAND

Photograph shows Lady Evelyn Alice Grey (1886-1971) and Lady Sybil Grey (1882-1966), the daughters of British nobleman and politician Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey (1851-1917), who served as Governor... more

Theo. Roosevelt on IMPERATOR

Photo shows President Theodore Roosevelt (1958-1919) returning from Europe on the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009, 2011)

Earl Grey on VATERLAND

Photograph shows British nobleman and politician Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey (1851-1917), who served as Governor General of Canada. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011)

Countess Grey and daughters on VATERLAND

Photograph shows wife and daughters of British nobleman and politician Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey (1851-1917), who served as Governor General of Canada. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011)

Nurses on ST. LOUIS

Photograph shows nurses aboard the American liner the St. Louis. Nurses were accompanying a US Army field hospital being shipped to Europe for operation by the Red Cross during World War I. (Source: Flickr Com... more

Nurses on ST. LOUIS, 4/17/15

Photograph shows nurses aboard the American liner the St. Louis. Nurses were accompanying a US Army field hospital being shipped to Europe for operation by the Red Cross during World War I. (Source: Flickr Com... more

Nurses on ST. LOUIS

Photograph shows nurses aboard the American liner the St. Louis. Nurses were accompanying a US Army field hospital being shipped to Europe for operation by the Red Cross during World War I. (Source: Flickr Com... more

Photograph of the Fore Side of the Bridge of the SS Dania

Original caption: Photograph Of Fore Side Of Bridge. Date: - June 17 1918. Photograph of S. S. Dania. Nationality: - Danish. Tonnage: - 5300. Captain: - L. F. Peronard. Owners: - United S. S. Co. (Of Copenhagen... more

Photograph of the SS Dania

Original caption: Photograph of S. S. Dania. Date: - June 17 1918. Nationality: - Danish. Tonnage: - 5300. Captain: - L. F. Peronard. Owners: - United S. S. Co. (Of Copenhagen.) Where from: - Gunin, Chili [Chi... more

Photograph of the Starboard View of the SS City of St. Louis

Original caption: Starboard View. Date: - July 19, 1918. Photograph Of: - S. S. City Of St Louis. Nationality: - American. Tonnage: - 5425. Captain: - L. Dalzell. Owners: - Ocean S. S. Co. Where From: - Boston,... more

[803rd Pioneer Infantry Battalion on the U.S.S. Philippine (troop ship) from Brest harbor, France, July 18, 1919]. no. 4, U.S.S. Imperator (one of the largest ships afloat) taken from the U.S.S. Philippine at Brest

Photograph shows a view of the U.S.S. Imperator at Brest, France. Image was taken from the deck of the U.S.S. Philippine during troop relocations back to the United States.

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the U. S.S. Imperator, formerly the S.S. Imperator (an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line) during its service as a civilian transport ship returning soldiers to the United States after World Wa... more

IMPERATOR

Photo shows the U. S.S. Imperator, formerly the S.S. Imperator (an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line) during its service as a civilian transport ship returning soldiers to the United States after World Wa... more