Gdynia America Line
Formed in 1930 by the Polish Government to operate cargo and passenger
services between Gdynia, Copenhagen, Halifax and New York. A service to
Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo and Buenos Aires started in 1936, and
Mediterranean sailings between Constanza, Haifa and Istanbul. The South
America service ceased on the outbreak of war in 1939, but the New York
service resumed in 1947. For political reasons, the BATORY was banned
from New York in 1951 and transferred to the India / Pakistan service
until 1956. She was then used on the Quebec - Montreal service.
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)
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1935 buff with red band with shield containing trident.
||Years in Service
||1939 to 1947 Allied troopship, 1947 resumed New
York service, 1951 Bombay / Karachi service, 1957 Quebec / Montreal
became accommodation ship at Gdansk, 1971 scrapped Hong Kong.
|| South America service, 1939 Allied troopship, 14th
May 1940 Bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Norway.
||ex- Czaritza, ex- Lituania, 1930
purchased from Baltic
American Line renamed Kosciuszco, 1936 Mediterranean, then
South America service.1939 Gdynia, Polish Navy, then troopship.
Helford, troopship. 1950 scrapped.
|| 26th November 1939 mined and sunk off
|| 1930 purchased from Baltic
American Line, 1933 Mediterranean service, 1939 scrapped.
|| ex- Czar, ex- Estonia, 1930 purchased from Baltic
American Line renamed Pulaski. 1936 South America service,
1939 became British troopship, 1945 renamed Empire Penryn,
|| South America service, 1939-1947 Allied
troopship, 1947 New York service, 1950 Mediterranean - Halifax
- New York service.
1950 sold to Russia renamed Gruziya.
|| ex- Maasdam, 1969 purchased from Holland
America Line renamed Stefan Batory, Gdynia - Southampton
- Montreal service. 1990 sold to Stena Line renamed Stefan,
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