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.
The 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
who were general agents for Deutsche America Line in the US, Canada and
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.
- New York, Cobh, Plymouth, Southampton, Le Havre, Cuxhaven
- Cuxhaven, Le Havre, Southampton, New York
- Port Everglades, New York, Cherbourg, Southampton, Cuxhaven
Funnel & Flag:
||Years in Service
||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.
||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.
||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.
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