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The Fleets

Hansa Line / Deutsche Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft "Hansa"

The Hansa Line of Bremen was formed in 1881 to run services to the Baltic, Mediterranean and India. The Baltic service was soon abandoned as unprofitable, and the Mediterranean service reduced to Spain and Portugal. In 1890 the company started a service to the River Plate and later sailed to the US Gulf ports for the cotton trade. A service from North America to India via South Africa was formed in 1901 and in 1907 this was extended to the Dutch East Indies and Australia.

In the 1920s Hansa established a service from the US to the Persian Gulf ports, but the River Plate service was abandoned. Sailings between New York and South and East Africa were not resumed after World War II. Many of the company ships were fitted with heavy lifting gear for the carriage of locomotives, barges, tugs, transformers, etc. The company provided passenger accommodation on various routes, but no information is available on which ships provided this 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) or Immigrant Ship web site.

Main Routes:

  • Bremen / Hamburg to India, Burma and Dutch East Indies.
  • Bremen / Hamburg to Persian Gulf.
  • Bremen / Hamburg to Spain & Portugal.
  • USA to Persian Gulf
  • USA to South & East Africa.
  • Germany to South America (until c.1932)

Funnel:
Black with narrow red, broad white and narrow red bands. Black maltese cross on the white band.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Acaste 1952 1955 renamed Brunneck (2), 1968 sold to France. 780
Adamsturm (1) 1909 1914 interned in USA, 1917 seized by USA, renamed Actaeon, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Finisterre. 5,000
Adamsturm (2) 1944 1945 surrendered to Britain, renamed Empire Ganymede. 1,923
Adamsturm (3)   see Mariaeck (2)  
Altenfels (1) 1917 1919 surrendered to Britain, 1920 sold to Prince Line, renamed Eastern Prince, 1926 repurchased by Hansa Line, renamed Stolzenfels (4), 1939 taken over by German Navy as minesweeper, renamed Sperrbrecher 12, 1941 mined and sunk in North Sea. 7,470
Altenfels (2) 1925 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Bergen. 8,150
Altenfels (3) 1961 1969 sold to Burma renamed Myoma Ywa. 5,469
Amerika 1912 tug, 1926 sold to Sweden renamed O. A. Melin. 176
Arensburg (1) 1891 1903 sold to Sloman Line, renamed Parma. 1,776
Arensburg (2) 1905 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparations, later renamed Branksome Hall for Ellerman Hall Line. 4,257
Argenfels (1) 1901 1914 seized by France at Saigon, 1922 sold to Greece renamed Demetrios Diacakis. 5,654
Argenfels (2)   see Ockenfels (2)  
Argenfels (3) 1944 1944 sunk by air attack at Hamburg before completion, 1947 salvaged, 1950 completed, 1966 no later info. 8,352
Argentina 1900 tug, 1928 sold to Schulte & Bruns, Emden. 158
Arsterturm (1) 1911 1919 surrendered to Britain, 1920 sold to Turnbull, Scott Shipping Co., renamed Whitegate. 5,035
Arsterturm (2) 1944 1945 sunk by air attack off Christiansand. 1,923
Arsterturm (3) 1945 ex- Baltic Fir, 1956 purchased from United Baltic Corp., renamed Arsterturm, 1969 sold to India, renamed Unicoolnar. 1,764
Aschenburg 1915 1919 surrendered to Britain, 1920 sold to Ellerman & Bucknall SS Co, renamed Lorenzo. 6,394
Axenfels (1) 1904 1915 seized by Italy, renamed Alberto Cavalletto. 4,464
Axenfels (2)   see Steinturm.  
Axenfels (3) 1944 sunk by air attack at Kiel before completion, 1948 wreck scrapped. 6,200
Axenfels (4) 1930 ex- Heimvard, 1950 purchased from Norway renamed Axenfels, 1961 scrapped Japan. 4,802
Axenfels (5) 1961 1966 sold to Atlas-Levant Line, Bremen, renamed Tripoli. 5,496
Barenfels (1) 1898 1914 detained at Port Said taken over by British, later renamed Huntsvale. 5,609
Barenfels (2) 1921 1944 torpedoed and sunk near Bergen by British midget submarine. 7,569
Barenfels (3) 1951 1973 sold to Cyprus renamed Silver Sky. 6,974
Birkenfels (1) 1910 1914 seized by Britain at Cape Town, renamed Tandem. 5,639
Birkenfels (2) 1922 1940 mined and sunk in River Schelde. 6,317
Birkenfels (3) 1951 1966 sank after collision in North Sea with ship MARIE LUISE BOLTEN. 6,947
Birkenfels (4) 1967 1979 sold to China renamed Wu Yi Shan. 9,600
Braunfels (1) 1891 1903 renamed Mirzapur, 1906 sold to Argo Line, Bremen, renamed Antares. 3,701
Braunfels (2) 1906 1914 seized by Britain at Karachi, 1924 sold to Yugoslavia, renamed Vidovdan. 5,557
Braunfels (3) 1927 1943 scuttled by crew at Mormugao. 7,844
Braunfels (4) 1952 1972 scrapped. 6,977
Brunneck (1) 1944 allocated to Norway as war reparations before completion renamed Produce. 2,752
Brunneck (2)   see Acaste.  
Crostafels (1) 1904 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparations, later renamed Brockfield, 1923 repurchased by Hansa Line reverted to original name, 1933 scrapped. 5,010
Crostafels (2) 1944 1945 captured at Bremen before completion, 1947 allocated to Yugoslavia as war reparations, renamed Drvar. 6,631
Crostafels (3) 1950 ex- Tactician, 1950 purchased from T. & J. Harrison, Liverpool renamed Crostafels, 1959 scrapped Japan. 5,996
Crostafels (4) 1966 1979 sold to China renamed Da Long Tian. 9,600
Dione 1951 1955 renamed Hundseck (3), 1968 sold to France, renamed Baltique. 777
Doride 1951 1955 renamed Roseneck (2), 1967 sold to Bremen owners, renamed Tasyca. 777
Drachenfels (1) 1882 1892 rebuilt to 2,432 tons, 1898 sold to Norway, renamed Kvarven. 2,251
Drachenfels (2) 1899 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparations, later renamed Kasenga for Ellerman & Bucknall Line. 7,217
Drachenfels (3) 1921 1943 scuttled by crew at Mormugao. 6,342
Drachenfels (4) 1953 1973 sold to Greece renamed Tharaleos. 5,781
Ebernburg 1905 1914 interned in Brazil, 1917 seized by Brazil, renamed Acary. 4,414
Eberstein 1883 1904 sold to Bremen owners, renamed Eebersberg. 1,030
Ehrenfels (1) 1882 1892 rebuilt to 2,953 tons, 1898 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed St. Georg. 2,315
Ehrenfels (2) 1898 1902 foundered in Arabian Sea. 5,345
Ehrenfels (3) 1903 1919 ceded to Britain, 1920 allocated to Belgium as war reparations, later renamed Ostende for Armement Deppe. 4,527
Ehrenfels (4) 1914 ex- Baron Cawdor, 1925 purchased from Hogarth Shipping Co renamed Ehrenfels, 1932 sold to Bremen owners renamed Westsee. 5,911
Ehrenfels (5) 1935 1943 scuttled by crew at Mormugao. 7,752
Ehrenfels (6) 1953 1973 renamed Epimonos, Marrakakis Shipping S.A. Port of Reg Piraeus, Greece. 1979 July, broken up Recuperaciones Submarinas, Santander. 5,560
Falkenburg 1884 1898 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Pionier. 1,566
Falkenfels (1) 1915 1919 surrendered to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to Hain SS Co, renamed Tredenham. 8,322
Falkenfels (2) 1921 1945 found at Kiel in damaged condition, 1946 scuttled with cargo of unwanted ammunition. 6,318
Falkenfels (3) 1939 ex- Hoegh Silvercloud, 1953 purchased from L. Hoegh & Co, Norway renamed Falkenfels, 1964 scrapped Spain. 5,066
Falkenfels (4) 1967 1979 sold to Greece renamed Aias. 9,600
Fangturm (1) 1908 1921 allocated to Belgium as war reparations, renamed Antverpia for Armement Deppe. 4,933
Fangturm (2) 1944 1945 captured at Kiel allocated to Britain as war reparations, renamed Empire Gallop. 1,944
Fangturm (3) 1943 ex- Canford, 1956 purchased from Mundus Shipping Co, Britain renamed Fangturm, 1961 sold to Lebanon, renamed Panaghia Lourion. 2,712
Fangturm (4) 1966 1982 sold to Liberia. 498
Frankenfels (1) 1914 1914 seized by Britain at Calcutta, 1925 sold to Strick Line, renamed Tabaristan. 5,854
Frankenfels (2) 1944 1945 left in heavily damaged state on German evacuation of Holland, 1948 completed for Holland, as Albireo. 6,482
Frauenfels (1) 1920 1941 scuttled by crew at Massowah, salvaged by Royal Navy, renamed Empire Niger. 7,887
Frauenfels (2) 1953 1973 sold to Greece renamed Polymichanos. 5,772
Freienfels (1) 1910 1914 seized by Britain at Calcutta, 1923 sold to Greece, renamed Hadiotis. 5,633
Freienfels (2) 1929 1940 mined and sunk off Leghorn. 7,454
Freienfels (3) 1953 1973 sold to Greece renamed Dynamikos. 5,755
Geierfels (1) 1919 1919 surrendered to Britain, 1921 sold to Ellerman's City Line, renamed City of Bagdad. 7,490
Geierfels (2) 1930 1940 mined and sunk off Leghorn. 7,505
Ghazipur 1903 see Lindenfels (1)  
Goldenfels (1) 1895 1911 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Ingeborg. 3,535
Goldenfels (2) 1911 1919 surrendered to Britain, 1920 sold to Brock SS Co., renamed Brocktown, 1923 repurchased by Hansa Line, renamed Goldenfels, 1936 sold to Atlas Reederei, Emden, renamed Amerika. 7,249
Goldenfels (3) 1937 1939 taken over by German Navy, converted to commerce raider, renamed Atlantis, 1941 sunk by HMS Devonshire off Ascension Island. 7,862
Goldenfels (4) 1954 1968 sold to China, renamed Quelin. 6,886
Greiffenfels (1) 1914 1919 surrendered to Britain, 1919 allocated to Belgium as war reparations, 1921 renamed Flandres for Armement Deppe. 5,852
Greiffenfels (2) 1944 1945 allocated as war reparations to Holland, renamed Nijmegen, 1950 repurchased by Hansa Line, renamed Greiffenfels, 1966 no later info. 6,312
Gutenfels (1) 1889 1905 sold to Bremen owners, renamed Europa. 2,673
Gutenfels (2) 1906 1915 captured by Britain, renamed Polavon, then Turritella for Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. 5,576
Gutenfels (3) 1921 1923 wrecked near Gibraltar. 6,310
Gutenfels (4) 1944 scuttled in North Sea Canal, salvaged by Holland, renamed Heelsum. 6,241
Gutenfels (5) 1954 1968 sold to China, renamed Jilin. 6,804
Hansa VI 1948 ex German Minesweeper R.408, 1945 seized by USA, 1948 chartered from USA, renamed Hansa VI and used as passenger ship Bremen - Heligoland, 1953 returned to USA and became USN 155. 149
Harzburg (1) 1894 1904 sold to Deutsche Levant Line, renamed Naxos. 2,296
Harzburg (2) 1907 1914 interned in Uruguay, 1917 seized by Uruguay, renamed Salto. 4,696
Heimburg (1) 1889 1900 sold to Deutsche Levant Line, renamed Argos. 1,810
Heimburg (2) 1905 1914 interned at Cape Verde Islands, 1916 seized by Portugal, renamed Santo Antao. 4,316
Helgoland 1891 tug, 1928 sold to Ostseebader Line, Lubeck renamed Silbermowe. 212
Hochheimer 1889 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Buyo Maru. 2,869
Hohenfels (1) 1898 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparations, later renamed Cape Recife. 5,469
Hohenfels (2) 1923 1935 sold to Russia, renamed Tchaviatcha. 3,021
Hohenfels (3) 1938 1941 scuttled by crew at Bandar Shapur, salvaged by British and renamed Empire Kamal. 7,862
Hohenfels (4) 1954 1966 sold to Swiss owners, renamed Arolla. 6,704
Huberfels 1913 1919 allocated to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to David SS Co., renamed Bolton Abbey. 5,814
Hundseck (1) 1937 ex- Girgenti, 1942 purchased from R. Sloman, Hamburg renamed Hundseck, 1942 sold to Spain, renamed Ria de Pontevedra. 1,456
Hundseck (2) 1920 ex- Zaanstroom, 1950 purchased from Holland renamed Hundseck, 1951 sold to A. Wiards, Bremen, renamed Catharina Wiards. 1,618
Hundseck (3)   see Dione.  
Imkenturm (1) 1909 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to Hain SS Co., renamed Trevessa. 4,798
Imkenturm (2) 1944 1945 seized by Britain, renamed Empire Gantry, 1946 allocated to USSR as war reparations renamed Feodosia. 1,925
Imkenturm (3)   see Lahneck (4)  
Irak 1941 ex- Maza W.6 (German Navy), 1945 seized by USA, 1950 purchased from USA renamed Irak, 1960 sold to Hanisch, Bremen renamed Seebar. 407
Iran 1941 ex- Maza W.8 (German Navy), 1945 seized by USA, 1949 purchased from USA renamed Iran, 1960 sold to Ferdinand, Hamburg renamed Silesia. 305
Jamalpur 1903 see Rothenfels.  
Johannisberger (1) 1890 1902 sold to Kiel owners, renamed Syfang. 2,931
Johannisberger (2) 1941 1941 captured from France while building as Lyon, 1943 torpedoed and sunk by Russian submarine off Kirkenes. 5,273
Kandelfels (1) 1912 1919 allocated to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to David SS Co., renamed Kirkstall Abbey. 5,739
Kandelfels (2) 1936 1940 taken over by German Navy converted to commerce raider, renamed Pinguin, 1941 sunk by HMS Cornwall off Seychelles. 7,766
Kandelfels (3) 1954 1977 sold to Greece. 6,998
Kattenturm (1) 1906 1916 seized by Italy at Syracuse, renamed Pontida. 5,830
Kattenturm (2) 1944 1945 allocated to Britain, renamed Empire Eden. 1,923
Kattenturm (3)   see Stahleck (4)  
Kattenturm (4) 1966 1981 sold to Panama renamed Huichol. 496
Kronenfels (1) 1915 1919 surrendered to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to McLelland & Co, renamed St. Lawrence River. 8,135
Kronenfels (2) 1943 ex- Helgenaes, 1943 seized from Denmark renamed Kronenfels, 1945 surrendered to Britain, renamed Empire Roden. 2,837
Kybfels (1) 1904 1919 ceded to Britain, 1920 allocated to Belgium as war reparations, renamed Bruges for Armement Deppe. 4,996
Kybfels (2) 1937 1941 mined and sunk in Adriatic Sea. 7,764
Kybfels (3) 1954 1966 sold to Rickmers, Hamburg, renamed Willi Rickmers, 1969 repurchased by Hansa Line, renamed Reichenfels (4), 1970 sold to Pakistan, renamed Kaukhali. 7,003
Lahneck (1) 1882 1894 stranded at Borkum, 1895 refloated, 1896 sold to Holland, renamed Osiria. 746
Lahneck (2) 1914 1914 interned at Lisbon, 1916 seized by Portugal, renamed Gil Eannes. 1,775
Lahneck (3) 1922 1942 sank in collision with Treuenfels (2) off Bergen. 1,663
Lahneck (4) 1938 ex- Polykarp, 1950 purchased from Norway renamed Lahneck, 1956 renamed Imkenturm (3), 1961 sold to Italy, renamed Anna Capano. 1,350
Lauterfels (1) 1913 1914 captured by Britain at Port Said, 1915 renamed Hungerford. 5,811
Lauterfels (2) 1921 1942 mined and sunk off Terschelling. 6,310
Lichtenfels (1) 1903 1914 interned at Mormugao, 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Goa. 5,734
Lichtenfels (2) 1929 1941 scuttled by crew at Massowah. 7,457
Lichtenfels (3) 1954 1973 sold to Greece renamed Silver Dawn. 6,800
Liebenfels (1) 1903 1917 scuttled by crew at Charleston S.C. where she was interned, salvaged and renamed Houston for U.S. Shipping Board. 4,608
Liebenfels (2) 1921 1941 scuttled by crew at Massowah, salvaged and renamed Empire Nile. 6,310
Liebenfels (3) 1955 1977 sold to Greece renamed Silver Bird. 6,617
Liebenstein 1882 1897 sold to Bremen owners, renamed Estland. 1,169
Lindenfels (1) 1894 1903 renamed Ghazipur, 1906 sold to Argo Line, Bremen, renamed Arcturus. 2,969
Lindenfels (2) 1906 1914 seized by Britain, renamed Kingsmere. 5,476
Lindenfels (3) 1928 1940 seized by Holland, renamed Mangkalihat. 8,457
Lindenfels (4) 1955 1973 sold to Greece renamed Silver Seagull. 6,612
Lowenburg (1) 1891 1899 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Emma Luyken. 1,776
Lowenburg (2) 1900 1905 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Sigmaringen. 5,582
Lowenburg (3) 1907 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparations, 1921 sold to Alexander Shipping Co, renamed Tenbury. 4,657
Marcobrunner 1889 1889 wrecked after catching fire in Red Sea. 2,861
Mariaeck (1) 1937 ex- Oasis, 1942 captured by Germany from Cie. de Nav. Mixte, France renamed Mariaeck, 1943 sunk by HMS Torbay in Mediterranean. 1,327
Mariaeck (2) 1944 1945 allocated to France, renamed Oasis, 1950 renamed Bokor, 1955 repurchased by Hansa Line, renamed Adamsturm (3), rebuilt to 2,744 tons, 1961 sold to Italy, renamed Betty. 1,725
Mariaeck (3) 1953 1964 sold to Cayman Islands, renamed Hawthorne Trader. 846
Marienburg 1894 1904 sold to Deutsche Levant Line, renamed Kypros. 2,296
Marienfels (1) 1901 1914 interned at Mormugao, 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Diu. 5,683
Marienfels (2) 1921 1941 captured by Britain at Bandar Shapur, renamed Empire Rani. 7,575
Marienfels (3) 1955 1973 sold to Greece renamed Silver Ocean. 6,736
Markobrunner 1915 ex- Yang-Tse, 1940 captured from Messageries Maritimes, renamed Markobrunner 1945 found damaged at Copenhagen, returned to France and reverted to Yang-Tse. 8,150
Marksburg 1905 1919 ceded to Britain, 1920 allocated to Belgium as war reparations, renamed Hainaut for Armement Deppe. 4,415
Marxburg 1891 1900 sold to Deutsche Levant Line, renamed Athos. 1,776
Minneburg (1) 1896 1908 sold to Armement Deppe, Belgium, renamed Algeria. 2,489
Minneburg (2) 1909 1914 interned in Brazil, 1917 seized by Brazil, renamed Caxambu. 4,798
Mirzapur 1903 see Braunfels (1)  
Moltkefels (1) 1904 1914 captured by Britain renamed Kandy. 5,015
Moltkefels (2) 1940 1945 beached on fire at Hela after air attack, total loss. 7,862
Neidenfels (1) 1896 1919 ceded to France as war reparations. 5,384
Neidenfels (2) 1923 1935 sold to Russia, renamed Bolshoi Shantar. 3,018
Neidenfels (3) 1939 1945 surrendered to Britain, renamed Empire Dee, 1946 allocated to USSR as war reparations, renamed Admiral Ushakov. 7,838
Neidenfels (4) 1955 1967 still in service, no later info. 6,609
Neuenfels (1) 1901 1919 seized by Spain renamed Espana No.6 5,650
Neuenfels (2) 1925 1940 scuttled by crew at Narvik. 8,096
Neuenfels (3) 1956 1977 sold to Greece renamed Silver Port. 6,612
Nierstein 1883 1899 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Bramfeld. 948
O.J.D. Ahlers 1911 1917 seized by USA, renamed Monticello. 7,490
Ockenfels (1) 1895 1909 sunk in collision with SS Duart off Gibraltar. 3,589
Ockenfels (2) 1910 1914 interned in USA, 1917 seized by USA, renamed Pequot, 1923 repurchased by Hansa Line, renamed Argenfels (2), 1933 scrapped. 5,621
Ockenfels (3) 1921 1943 mined and sunk off Borkum. 7,569
Ockenfels (4) 1956 1978 sold to Greece renamed Silver Glory. 6,609
Pagenturm (1) 1909 1914 seized by Britain at Calcutta, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Beachy Head. 5,000
Pagenturm (2) 1944 1945 surrendered to Britain, renamed Empire Nairn. 1,927
Pagenturm (3) 1945 ex- Anne Reed, 1956 purchased from Norway renamed Pagenturm, 1964 scrapped at Spezia. 1,729
Pakistan 1942 ex- Heiss, 1948 purchased from Bugsier, Hamburg renamed Pakistan, 1957 sold to Holland renamed Emergo. 235
Rabenfels (1) 1903 1914 seized by Britain at Port Said, renamed HMS Raven II (Seaplane Carrier). 1917 reverted to merchant ship renamed Ravenrock. 4,706
Rabenfels (2) 1918 ex- Slavic Prince, 1926 purchased from Prince Line renamed Rabenfels, 1938 sold to Hamburg Sud-Amerika Line, renamed Bahia Laura. 8,563
Rabenfels (3) 1956 1977 sold to Greece renamed Silver Light. 6,592
Rappenfels 1912 1914 captured by HMS Espiegle, renamed Diyatalawa. 5,883
Rauenfels (1) 1906 1914 interned in Brazil, 1917 seized by Brazil, renamed Lages. 5,476
Rauenfels (2) 1928 1940 sunk at Narvik by HMS Havock. 8,460
Rauenthaler (1) 1889 1905 sold to Kiel owners, renamed Tsimo. 2,870
Rauenthaler (2) 1940 ex- Persum, 1942 requisitioned from Holland renamed Rauenthaler, 1943 sunk in collision with German steamer Signal off Trondheim. 3,710
Reichenfels (1) 1903 1914 seized by Britain at Colombo, 1915 renamed Polglass Castle, 1921 repurchased by Hansa Line reverted to original name, 1933 scrapped. 4,712
Reichenfels (2) 1936 1936 sunk by air attack in Mediterranean. 7,744
Reichenfels (3) 1943 ex- Samanco, 1956 purchased from Pacific Steam Nav. Co. renamed Reichenfels, 1962 scrapped at Bilbao. 6,263
Reichenfels (4)   see Kybfels (3)  
Rheinfels (1) 1889 1905 sold to Kiel owners, renamed Forsteck. 2,717
Rheinfels (2) 1905 1914 seized by Britain at Bombay, later renamed Baxtergate. 5,614
Rheinfels (3) 1918 ex- Gaelic Prince, 1926 purchased from Prince Line renemed Rheinfels, 1938 sold to Hamburg Sud-Amerika Line, renamed Bahia Castillo. 8,579
Rheinfels (4) 1943 1945 wrecked off Sweden, 1946 salvaged and allocated to USSR, renamed Admiral Nachimov, 1947 transferred to Poland, renamed Kosciuszko. 7,763
Rheinfels (5) 1941 ex- Alchiba, 1956 purchased from Holland renamed Rheinfels, 1968 sold to Cyprus, renamed Peramataris. 6,519
Rheinstein 1882 1893 sold to Norway, renamed Pollux. 1,169
Rolandseck (1) 1882 1904 sold to Bremen owners, renamed Ravensberg. 736
Rolandseck (2) 1912 1914 interned at Lisbon, 1916 seized by Portugal, renamed Mira. 1,663
Rolandseck (3) 1905 ex- Brocklane, 1922 purchased from Brock SS Co. renamed Rolandseck, 1932 sold to Bremen owners, renamed Saturn. 1,533
Rolandseck (4) 1936 1945 sunk by air attack off Norway. 1,845
Rolandseck (5) 1953 1960 sold to German Navy as supply ship, renamed Sauerland. 857
Roseneck (1) 1945 1945 allocated to Norway, renamed Martin Thorvik. 2,722
Roseneck (2)   see Doride.  
Rotenfels (1) 1906 1914 seized by Britain at Calcutta, 1925 sold to Sun Shipping Co, renamed Cape St.Martin. 5,584
Rotenfels (2) 1927 1940 taken over by German Navy, 1945 captured by British at Oslo, 1947 sold to Alcyone Shipping Co, renamed Alcyone Hope. 7,851
Rotenfels (3) 1945 ex- Mariposa, 1956 purchased from Liberian owners renamed Rotenfels, 1967 still in service, no later info. 8,212
Rothenfels 1893 1903 renamed Jamalpur, 1906 sold to Argo Line, Bremen, renamed Andromeda. 2,957
Rudelsburg (1) 1896 1907 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Babylon. 2,489
Rudelsburg (2) 1916 1919 surrendered to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to Ellerman's Hall Line Ltd, renamed City of Westminster. 6,173
Rudesheimer (1) 1889 1905 sold to Bremen owners, renamed Hansa, 1906 sold to North German Lloyd. 2,848
Rudesheimer (2) 1940 1945 captured by Britain at Tonsberg, renamed Empire Springfjord. 2,072
Scharlachberger (1) 1890 1905 sold to Kiel owners, renamed Wik. 2,902
Scharlachberger (2) 1919 ex- Belgion, 1940 captured from Hellenic Lines Ltd, Greece renamed Scharlachberger, 1944 scuttled in River Gironde. 2,844
Scharzfels 1901 1914 seized by Australia at Adelaide renamed Araluen for Australian Government. 5,649
Schildturm 1911 1919 allocated to Britain as war reparations, sold to Turnbull, Scott Shipping Co., renamed Flowergate. 5,095
Schneefels 1914 1914 captured by Britain, renamed Gibraltar, 1915 renamed Polescar. 5,826
Schonburg 1890 1903 sold to Sloman Line, renamed Modena. 1,846
Schonfels (1) 1902 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparations, later renamed Lord Londonderry for Ulster SS Co. 5,734
Schonfels (2) 1918 ex- Celtic Prince, 1926 purchased from Prince Line renamed Schonfels, 1938 sold to Hamburg Sud-Amerika Line, renamed Bahia Blanca. 8,559
Schonfels (3) 1944 1946 allocated to Holland, 1949 completed building and renamed Stad Breda. 7,361
Schonfels (4) 1937 ex- Strategist, 1957 purchased from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool renamed Schonfels, 1963 scrapped at Hong Kong. 6,305
Schonfels (5) 1966 1979 sold to China renamed Da Qing Shan. 9,560
Schwaneck (1) 1939 1941 mined and sunk off Kolberg. 7,838
Schwaneck (2) 1953 1965 sold to H. Beilken, Bremen, renamed Nautic. 1,298
Schwarzenfels (1) 1900 1914 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Schwarzenfelde. 3,920
Schwarzenfels (2) 1915 1919 surrendered to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to Nitrate Producers SS Co, renamed Anglo Colombian. 8,325
Schwarzenfels (3) 1925 1933 sold to Deutsche Lufthansa, Bremen, converted to aircraft support ship, renamed Schwabenland. 7,894
Schwarzenfels (4) 1958 1970 sold to China renamed Da Ming. 9,336
Solfels 1913 1919 surrendered to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to Lancashire Shipping Co., renamed Bowes Castle. 5,821
Soneck (1) 1883 1902 sold Norway, renamed Tejo. 834
Soneck (2) 1902 1932 sold to Bremen owners renamed Latona. 1,121
Soneck (3) 1938 1940 captured by Holland, renamed Karsik. 2,191
Soneck (4) 1920 ex- Orpheus, 1950 purchased from Royal Netherlands Steamship Co., renamed Soneck, 1951 sold to A. Wiards, Bremen, renamed Kathe Wiards. 948
Soneck (5) 1953 1962 sold to Italy, renamed Lello. 1,299
Sonnenburg 1896 1908 sold to Armement Deppe, Belgium, renamed Tunisie. 2,477
Sonnenfels (1) 1915 1919 surrendered to Britain, 1920 allocated to Belgium as war reparations, later renamed Luxembourg for Armement Deppe. 5,850
Sonnenfels (2) 1918 ex- Gothic Prince, 1927 purchased from Prince Line renamed Sonnenfels, 1938 sold to Hamburg Sud-Amerika Line, renamed Bahia Camarones. 8,552
Spitzfels (1) 1913 1916 seized by Italy at Cagliari, renamed Brescia. 5,809
Spitzfels (2) 1958 1972 sold to Chine renamed Daan. 9,335
Stahleck (1) 1883 1902 sold Norway, renamed Douro. 834
Stahleck (2) 1902 1915 captured by Russian Navy in Baltic renamed Petschora. 1,127
Stahleck (3) 1923 1945 surrendered to Britain, 1946 allocated to Holland as war reparations, renamed Aardenburg. 1,663
Stahleck (4) 1944 1944 sunk in air attack while building, 1952 salvaged and completed, 1956 renamed Kattenturm (3), 1962 sold to Panama, renamed Mateo. 1,985
Steinberger 1895 1910 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Italia. 3,583
Steinturm 1911 1914 seized by Britain, renamed Hunnie, 1923 repurchased by Hansa Line, renamed Axenfels (2), 1933 scrapped. 5,247
Sternenfels 1957 ex- Norprado for Liberia but purchased while fitting out and renamed Sternenfels, 1968 sold to India, renamed Vishva Lalita. 3,936
Stolzenfels (1) 1881 1884 lost in collision with s/s CANTON at Saigon. 2,328
Stolzenfels (2) 1893 1904 sold to Argo Line, Bremen renamed Amerika, 1906 sold to North German Lloyd. 3,092
Stolzenfels (3) 1906 1914 seized by Australia at Sydney, renamed Dongarra. 5,566
Stolzenfels (4)   see Altenfels (1)  
Stolzenfels (5) 1957 ex- Norcastle for Liberia but purchased while fitting out and renamed Stolzenfels 1968 sold to India, renamed Vishva Pratibha. 3,903
Sturmfels (1) 1912 1916 seized by Italy at Massowah, renamed Ferrara. 5,660
Sturmfels (2) 1920 1941 scuttled by crew at Bandar Shapur, salvaged by Royal Navy, renamed Empire Kumari. 6,288
Sturmfels (3) 1957 ex- Nortropic for Liberia but purchased while fitting out and renamed Sturmfels, 1968 sold to India, renamed Vishna Anand. 3,864
Tannenfels (1) 1898 1914 captured by Britain in Philippines, renamed Basilan. 5,480
Tannenfels (2) 1923 1935 sold to Russia, renamed Sima. 3,048
Tannenfels (3) 1938 1940 taken over by German Navy as supply ship for commerce raiders, 1944 scuttled in River Gironde. 7,840
Tannenfels (4) 1959 1970 sold to China renamed Da Tun. 9,335
Trautenfels (1) 1904 1914 interned at Bangkok, 1917 seized by Siam, renamed Yiam Samud. 4,781
Trautenfels (2) 1921 1942 mined and sunk off Terschelling. 6,418
Trautenfels (3) 1959 1971 sold to Somali Republic renamed North Sea. 9,338
Treuenfels (1) 1917 1919 surrendered to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to P&O Line, renamed Perim. 7,471
Treuenfels (2) 1928 1945 captured by British at Aarhus, Denmark, 1947 renamed Empire Garry. 8,457
Treuenfels (3) 1960 1978 sold to Greece renamed Treuenbels. 9,381
Trifels (1) 1888 1891 wrecked on Pierres Noires while on passage to Bremen from Bombay. 2,766
Trifels (2) 1904 1914 seized by Britain at Colombo, later renamed Polvena. 4,174
Trifels (3) 1922 1939 captured by French Navy, renamed St. Louise, 1940 retaken by Germany, renamed Trifels, 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Calais. 6,182
Trostburg (1) 1914 1914 seized by Britain at Calcutta, 1915 wrecked near Cape Spartel. 6,342
Trostburg (2) 1920 1923 sold to Roland Line, Bremen, renamed Pera. 1,467
Trostburg (3) 1915 ex- Magnitogorsk, 1941 captured by Germany from Russia renamed Trostburg, 1944 damaged by air attack, 1950 salvaged and returned to Russia. 3,566
Uhenfels (1) 1907 1918 transferred to Holland as war reparations, renamed Bandoeng for Rotterdam Lloyd. 5,577
Uhenfels (2) 1931 1939 captured by HMS Hereward off Freetown, renamed Empire Ability. 7,603
Uhenfels (3) 1959 1978 sold to Greece renamed Uhenbels. 9,525
Vinum 1941 ex- Carola, 1953 purchased from Anglo-Skandia G.m.b.H, Cuxhaven renamed Vinum, 1962 sold to Italy, renamed Vino. 488
Wachtfels (1) 1913 1916 became auxiliary cruiser Wolf, 1919 surrendered to France, 1921 renamed Antinous for Messageries Maritimes. 5,809
Wachtfels (2) 1928 1942 sunk by aerial torpedo off Sicily. 8,467
Wachtfels (3) 1962 1972 sold to China renamed Daning. 9,717
Wallenfels 1962 1978 sold to China renamed Da Shi Qiao. 9,718
Wartburg (1) 1888 1900 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Arnold Luyken. 1,742
Wartburg (2) 1900 1905 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Tubingen. 5,586
Wartburg (3) 1905 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparations, later renamed Berkut. 4,295
Wartenfels (1) 1903 1914 seized by Britain at Aden, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet. 4,505
Wartenfels (2) 1921 1942 scuttled by crew at Diego Suarez, salvaged by Royal Navy, renamed Empire Tugela. 6,181
Wartenfels (3) 1960 1969 Sold to Singapore, renamed Neptune Topaz. 9,724
Warturm (1) 1908 1914 seized by Britain, 1922 sold to Turnbull, Scott Shipping Co., renamed Nethergate. 4,965
Warturm (2) 1944 1946 allocated to Belgium, 1947 completed building and renamed Kindu. 1,798
Warturm (3) 1943 ex- Lotta Dan, 1955 purchased from J. Lauritzen, Denmark renamed Warturm, 1956 sold to Belgium, renamed Leie. 1,861
Wasserfels 1963 1979 sold to China renamed Da Chang Zhen. 9,717
Weissenfels (1) 1899 1914 sold to Hamburg owners, renamed Weissenfelde. 3,926
Weissenfels (2) 1915 1919 surrendered to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to Ellerman's Hall Line, renamed City Of Auckland. 8,319
Weissenfels (3) 1925 1941 scuttled by crew at Bandar Shapur. 7,866
Weissenfels (4) 1961 1969 sold to Singapore, renamed Neptune Zircon. 9,639
Werdenfels (1) 1903 1914 seized by Britain at Port Said, renamed Hunstanton. 4,611
Werdenfels (2) 1921 1940 seized by Holland, renamed Balingkar, 1942 torpedoed and sunk. 6,318
Werdenfels (3) 1962 1974 sold to China renamed Dade. 9,718
Wildenfels (1) 1901 1914 seized by Australia at Melbourne, renamed Gilgai for Australian Government. 5,352
Wildenfels (2) 1922 1941 scuttled by crew at Bandar Shapur, salvaged, renamed Empire Raja. 6,224
Wildenfels (3) 1962 1978 sold to China renamed Da Jin Chuan. 9,717
Wolfsburg (1) 1896 1908 sold to Armement Deppe, Belgium, renamed Egypte. 2,489
Wolfsburg (2) 1916 1919 surrendered to Britain as war reparations, 1920 sold to Hogarth Shipping Co, renamed Baron Lovat, 1924 repurchased by Hansa Line, renamed Wolfsburg, 1940 scuttled in N. Atlantic to avoid capture. 6,201
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