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German-Australian Line / Deutsche-Australische Dampfschiffs Gesellschaft, Hamburg

Formed in 1888 to operate services from Hamburg via Antwerp and the Cape to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The service commenced in July 1889, but within a couple of years, passenger services to Australia were discontinued and the company restricted it's activities to the cargo trade to Australia and the Dutch East Indies and latterly to North and South America. Taken over by the Hamburg America Line in 1926 and lost it's identity as a seperate concern.

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.

Funnel:
Black funnel with broad white & broad red stripe

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Adelaide 1911 1914 interned Sao Paulo, 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Cunene. 5,898
Albany 1911 1914 interned Syracuse, 1915 seized by Italy, 1918 renamed Matteo Renato Imbriani mined and sunk. 5,582
Altona (1) 1902 1914 seized by Australia at Melbourne, renamed Conargo, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat. 4,312
Altona (2) 1921 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,892
Annaberg 1909 1914 seized by Britain at Suez, renamed Hunsbrook, 1919 stranded Walvis Bay. 4,463
Apolda 1901 1914 seized by Britain at Capetown, 1919 to South African Government. 4,939
Augsburg 1896 1912 lost in North Atlantic. 4,287
Australia 1912 1914 captured by Britain, 1921 sold to British India S.N. Co. 7,485
Barmen 1889 1894 sold to Hamburg America Line renamed Bolivia. 2,614
Bergedorf 1900 1911 stranded Cape Comorin. 5,125
Berlin 1904 1914 seized by Australia at Sydney renamed Parattah. 4,196
Bielefeld 1898 1914 German Navy, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1920 to Japan renamed Kobun Maru. 4,460
Bochum (1) 1912 1914 interned at Manila, 1917 seized by USA renamed Montpelier. 6,161
Bochum (2) 1921 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 6,121
Brisbane 1911 1914 interned Mormugoa, 1916 renamed Damao for Portugal, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat. 5,668
Cannstatt 1913 1914 seized by Australia at Brisbane renamed Bakara. 5,930
Cassell 1922 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 6,047
Ceylon 1916 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1920 to David SS Co., London renamed Ardover. 7,600
Chemnitz 1889 1906 sold to Lihn & Co., Chile renamed Enrique Lihn. 2,700
Colmar 1912 1914 interned at Madeira, 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Machico. 6,184
Dortmund 1926 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,138
Duisburg (1) 1900 1915 sold to G. Siemers & Co, Hamburg, renamed Burgermeister von Melle. 4,520
Duisburg (2) 1925 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line, 1928 renamed Heidelberg. 6,530
Dusseldorf (1) 1912 1914 interned at Barcelona, 1919 war reparations to France, 1921 passed to Britain, renamed City of Boston for Ellerman Line. 5,877
Dusseldorf (2) 1922 1923 stranded at Valparaiso. 5,146
Elberfeld 1889 1894 sold to Hamburg America Line renamed Hercynia. 2,617
Elbing 1898 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 sold to Reederei Kayser AG, Hamburg renamed Heinrich Kayser. 4,884
Elmshorn 1910 1914 interned Manila, 1917 seized by USA renamed Casco, 1922 repurchased by German Australia Line renamed Mannheim, 1925 renamed Elmshorn, 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 4,594
Erlangen 1889 1894 stranded and sank. 2,750
Essen (1) 1889 1907 sold to de Freitas & Co., renamed Austria. 2,985
Essen (2) 1912 1914 interned Delagoa Bay, 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Inhambane. 5,878
Essen (3) 1922 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,158
Esslingen 1910 1914 interned Manila, 1917 seized by USA renamed Nyanza. 4,902
Flensburg 1895 1912 sold to Reederei AG, Oceana, Hamburg renamed Waltraute. 4,435
Forst 1918 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 to Hogarth & Sons renamed Baron Ogilvy. 5,850
Freiberg 1914 1914 interned at Sourabaya, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 renamed City of Sydney, 1923 repurchased by German Australia Line renamed Luneburg (2), 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,811
Freiburg 1923 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,165
Fremantle 1911 1914 interned at Cadiz, 1919 war reparations to France, 1921 renamed Andromede. 5,872
Furth 1907 1914 seized by Britain renamed Kerman. 4,229
Gera (1) 1916 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1920 to David SS Co., London renamed Bourne. 5,831
Gera (2) 1923 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,156
Goslar 1906 1914 seized by Britain at Suez, renamed Huntsfall, 1916 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat. 4,331
Guben 1914 1915 became German surface raider GRIEF, 1916 sunk in battle with British Armed Merchant Cruisers ANDES and ALCANTARA. 4,750
Hagen (1) 1906 1914 interned at Sourabaya, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 sold to Greece renamed Aegeon. 4,210
Hagen (2) 1921 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,988
Halle 1921 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,899
Hamburg 1920 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line renamed Naumburg. 5,878
Hamm (1) 1920 1914 seized by Britain, 1922 sold to Greece renamed Aghios Marcos. 4,598
Hamm (2) 1907 ex- Hestia, 1920 purchased from DG Neptun, Bremen renamed Hamm, 1925 sold to E. Russ, Hamburg renamed Fohr. 1,245
Hanau (1) 1907 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 sold to F. Bolton & Co., renamed Ribera. 4,213
Hanau (2) 1921 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 5,892
Hannover 1921 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line, 1931 renamed Hamm. 5,874
Harburg (1) 1899 1914 interned at New York, 1917 seized by USA renamed Pawnee. 5,134
Harburg (2)   see Worms  
Hobart 1912 1914 seized by Australia at Melbourne renamed Baram. 5,923
Hof 1913 1914 interned at Delagoa Bay, 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Gaza. 4,705
Inlander 1901 1906 sold to Schliewinsky & Ziegler, Hamburg renamed Sascha. 752
Iserlohn (1) 1909 1914 interned at Batavia, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 sold to St. Just SS Co., renamed Union City. 4,667
Iserlohn (2) 1922 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 3,704
Itzehoe 1899 1911 wrecked Cape Recife. 5,134
Java 1913 1919 war reparations to France, 1920 renamed Min. 7,676
Kiel (1) 1900 1914 interned Wilmington, Del., 1917 seized by USA renamed Camden. 4,510
Kiel (2) 1922 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 3,703
Laeisz 1901 1901 struck rock and sank in Red Sea. 5,157
Lennep 1915 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 to J. Coull & Co., Newcastle renamed Brant County. 4,750
Linden 1906 1914 interned at Batavia, 1918 to Royal Holland Lloyd renamed Eemland. 4,188
Lubeck (1) 1914 1914 interned in Dutch East Indies, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 to J. Hain & Co. renamed Trelevan. 4,770
Lubeck (2) 1922 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 3,703
Luneburg (1) 1912 1914 interned at Macassar, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 to P & O Steam Nav. Co., renamed Padua. 5,819
Luneburg (2)   see Freiberg  
Magdeburg (1) 1900 1914 interned New York, 1917 seized by USA renamed Neuse. 5,154
Magdeburg (2) 1925 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 6,128
Mannheim (1) 1911 1919 war reparations to France, 1921 renamed Lieutenant St. Loubert Bie. 5,878
Mannheim (2)   see Elmshorn  
Meissen 1897 1913 sold to Reederei AG, Oceana, Hamburg renamed Woglinde. 4,487
Melbourne 1911 1914 seized by Australia at Sydney, renamed Boonah. 5,926
Neumunster 1907 1914 seized by Australia at Fremantle renamed Cooee. 4,224
Oberhausen 1905 1914 seized by Australia at Port Huon, Tasmania renamed Booral. 4,322
Offenbach 1900 1914 interned at Sourabaya, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 sold to Reederei Kayser AG, Hamburg renamed Anna Kayser. 4,336
Osnabruck 1907 1914 seized by Australia at Brisbane renamed Calulu. 4,240
Ottensen 1904 1914 German Navy, 1916 sunk after striking mine and collision. 4,258
Pauline 1900 1905 sold to Carlos Salvador, Lourenco Marques renamed Bilene. 193
Plauen 1907 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 to Ellerman City Line renamed City of Milan. 4,210
Reichenbach 1906 1914 interned at Christiansand, 1915 to Bergen Line renamed Meteor, 1916 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat. 4,217
Rendsburg (1) 1910 1919 war reparations to France, 1920 renamed Mont Kemmel. 4,639
Rendsburg (2) 1925 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 6,200
Rostock 1901 1914 seized by Britain at Port Said, 1915 renamed Huntsmoor, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat. 4,957
Shamrock 1878 ex- Helene Grisar, 1901 purchased from A. Grisar, Antwerp renamed Shamrock, 1902 transferred to Australian flag. 1,335
Solingen (1) 1889 1904 stranded and sank. 2,875
Solingen (2) 1905 1914 German Navy, 1919 war reparatons to Britain, 1922 sold to T. H. Skogland, Haugesund renamed Kari Skogland. 4,195
Sommerfeld 1889 1906 sold to de Freitas & Co., renamed Roma. 2,609
Sonneberg 1894 1912 sold to Reederei AG, Oceana, Hamburg renamed Waelsung. 4,498
Stassfurt 1891 1906 sold to Deutsche-Levant Line renamed Chios. 3,231
Stolberg 1912 1914 interned in Dutch East Indies, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 sold to Union S.S. Co. of New Zealand renamed Waiotapu. 5,886
Sumatra 1913 1914 seized by Australia at Sydney renamed Barunga, 1918 sunk by U-Boat. 7,484
Sydney 1911 1914 interned Dutch East Indies, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1920 passed to Belgium, 1922 renamed Caucasier. 5,893
Tasmania 1913 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 to New Zealand Shipping Co. 7,514
Teck 1891 1901 purchased from Woermann Line, Hamburg, 1905 sold to Portugal renamed Beira. 577
Ulm 1914 1914 interned at Amboina, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 to J. Nourse & Co. renamed Tapti. 4,708
Varzin 1898 1914 captured by Britain, 1919 operated by Secretary of State for India, Bombay, 1922 sold to Greece renamed Electra Stavroudi. 4,455
Waldenburg 1916 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1920 to R. Thomas & Co., London renamed Maritime, then Cambrian Queen. 5,823
Wismar 1910 1914 interned Dutch East Indies, 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1921 sold to St. Just SS Co., renamed Truro City. 4,868
Worms 1907 1919 war reparations to Britain, 1922 repurchased by German-Australian Line renamed Harburg (2), 1926 taken over by Hamburg America Line. 4,428

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