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Hamburg Atlantik Linie 1958-1966 / Deutsche Atlantik Linie 1968-1973 / Hanseatic Schiffahrts Gesellschaft 1968-1973

The Hamburg Atlantik Linie, was founded by Vernicos Eugenides in January 1958. Vernicos Eugenides was the adopted son of Eugen Eugenides, who had been the founder and president of Home Lines, manager became Axel Bitsch-Christensen. Home Lines acted as agents for Hamburg Atlantik Linie in the US.
PosterThe company acquired the three-funnelled Canadian Pacific Liner, Empress of Scotland (built as Empress of Japan in 1929). After substantial rebuilding into the more modern looking two-funnelled liner HANSEATIC (1), services began between Cuxhaven, Havre, Southampton and New York in July 1958. Home Lines withdrew their ship on the Hamburg-New York service, leaving Hamburg Atlantik with a monopoly on this route (Vernicos Eugenides was by then president of both Hamburg Atlantik and Home Lines). 1959 was Hamburg Atlantik's best year on the New York service, subsequently like other Lines they began to feel the competition of air traffic and in 1965 the number of round voyages had dropped to eight. In consequence the Hamburg Atlantik Linie increased its number of cruises.
In 1966 a fire broke out in the engine room of the HANSEATIC (1) and she was severely damaged and sold for scrap and the Hamburg Atlantik Linie was wound up.

In December 1965, a new company known as Deutsche Atlantik Linie was formed to finance a new ship. Axel Bitsch-Christensen, drew up a scheme to offer past passengers on HANSEATIC (1) shares in the new company. This was successful, and an order was placed for the 25,000 ton HAMBURG in November 1966.

The loss-making Shalom of Zim Lines was bought in 1967 by a third new company, the Hanseatic Schiffahrts Gesellschaft, and renamed HANSEATIC (2) and she was marketed for the Deutsche Atlantik Linie. She was joined by the new HAMBURG in 1969, by which time both ships were cruising full time, with annual positioning trips across the Atlantic. The company was by this time co-operating with Holland America Line, who were general agents for Deutsche America Line in the US, Canada and Mexico.

1973 was a difficult year for cruise operators, and HANSEATIC (2) was sold to Home Lines and renamed Doric. The HAMBURG was briefly renamed HANSEATIC (3), but was then sold to the Soviet Union (Black Sea Shipping Co.) in early 1974, becoming the Maksim Gorkiy.

Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and 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:
    • New York, Cobh, Plymouth, Southampton, Le Havre, Cuxhaven
    • Cuxhaven, Le Havre, Southampton, New York
    • Port Everglades, New York, Cherbourg, Southampton, Cuxhaven

Funnel & Flag:


Funnel Flag
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Hamburg 1969 built by Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft A.G., Hamburg | 1973 renamed Hanseatic, 1973 sold to the Sovjet Union (Black Sea Shipping Co.) renamed Maksim Gorkiy, 1991 renamed Maxim Gorkiy, 2008 sold to Orient Lines renamed Marco Polo. 25,022
Hanseatic (1) 1929 built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Glasgow | ex- Empress of Japan built for Canadian Pacific, 1939 requisitioned as troopship,1942 renamed Empress of Scotland, 1958 sold to Hamburg Atlantik Linie rebuilt with two funnels renamed Hanseatic, 1966 damaged after fire and scrapped. 30,030
Hanseatic (2) 1964 built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire | ex- Shalom, 1967 purchased from Zim Lines renamed Hanseatic, 1973 sold to Home Lines renamed Doric, 1980 sold to Royal Cruise Lines renamed Royal Odyssey, 1988 sold to Regency Cruises renamed Regent Sun, 1995 laid up, 1996 sold to Royal Venture Cruise Line renamed Sun Venture, 1998 renamed Sun 11, 2001 on voyage to breakers sunk of coast South Africa as Sun. 25,338
Hanseatic (3)   see Hamburg.  

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