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The Fleets

Adler Line

A short lived Hamburg company formed in 1872 to operate Hamburg - New York services. A sharp decline in the emigrant trade occurred in 1873 and this continued into 1874. Adler ships were larger and faster than some other companies, and emigrants tended to favour the cheaper alternatives. By 1875 the company was in a difficult financial situation and was purchased by Hamburg America Line.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes:

  • Hamburg - New York (Hoboken, New Jersey) - Plymouth - Hamburg.

Funnel:
Red funnel with broad white band and black top.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Gellert 1874 launched for Adler Line but laid up. 1875 purchased by Hamburg America Line. 3,533
Goethe 1872 1875 purchased by Hamburg America Line. 3,505
Herder 1873 1875 purchased by Hamburg America Line. 3,499
Hoboken 1873 Elbe passenger tender, 1875 purchased by Hamburg America Line. 413
Klopstock 1872 1875 purchased by Hamburg America Line. 3,521
Lessing 1874 1875 purchased by Hamburg America Line. 3,496
Schiller 1873 1875 wrecked on Scilly Isles in fog; loss of 312 lives 3,490
Wieland 1874 launched for Adler Line but laid up. 1875 purchased by Hamburg America Line. 3,507

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