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The Fleets

North German Lloyd Company / Nord-deutscher Lloyd

The North German Lloyd Line (NGL) was founded in 1857 by the amalgamation of four smaller companies. They commenced operations between Bremen and London with six 500 ton steamers. Transatlantic voyages to New York started in June, 1858; Baltimore in March, 1868; and in 1869 regular sailings commenced to New Orleans. A service to Central America was instituted in 1871, but was withdrawn in 1874. Voyages from Bremen to Brazil and the River Plate started in 1876 and Genoa to Brazil and River Plate in 1878, the latter service only lasting for three years.

By 1866 NGL was making weekly runs to New York and in 1874 averaged 11 days and 13 hours on its sailings. From 1882 onwards, the New Orleans service was extended to Galveston, but the whole route was abandoned in 1886. Two new routes from Bremen to the Far East and Bremen to Australia were opened in 1886, both via Suez. Italy to New York sailings commenced in October, 1891 and in 1897, the Bremen - UK service was sold to Argo Steamship Company together with seven ships. Occasional sailings between Bremen and Galveston resumed in 1898 and became regular in 1899.

A fortnightly service was started in 1893 by what they called their Roland Line. The Roland Line sailed from Breman to New York with steerage passengers and cargo. By December of 1893 the line owned 80 vessels.

In 1904 a new service from Marseilles to Naples and Alexandria started and in 1909 a joint summer service between Bremen and Hamburg to Quebec and Montreal was instituted with Hamburg America, Red Star and Holland America Lines. Bremen - Galveston ships commenced calls at Philadelphia in March, 1910 and a new service started in 1913 to Boston and New Orleans.

At the outbreak of WWI, many NGL ships took refuge in US ports, and these were seized by American authorities in 1917. After the Armistice, the company lost every worthwhile ocean going steamer as war reparations, and in 1920 chartered ships from the US Shipping Board to resume services. They gradually rebuilt their fleet and in 1925 took over the Hamburg-Bremen Africa Line, the Dampschiff Reederei Horn and the Roland Line. In 1928 Quebec and Montreal services were resumed. During World War II, NGL again lost almost their entire fleet and again restarted with chartered ships. In 1970 the company amalgamated with Hamburg America Line to become HAPAG-Lloyd.

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:
1858 Black
1881 Black, but express steamers Buff.
1889 Buff.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aachen (1) 1895 1914 transferred to German Navy, 1915 torpedoed and sunk by British submarine. 3,833
Aachen (2) 1923 1940 sunk by British destroyers at Narvik, 1951 refloated by Norwegians renamed Oakhill. 6,274
Abana 1929 1935 renamed Inn, 1939 sunk by Royal Navy off Canary Islands. 2,867
Achaia 1923 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1931 to H. Schuldte, Flensburg renamed Troyburg. 2,288
Adler (1) 1857 1866 rebuilt to 692 tons, 1881 sold to DFDS, Copenhagen, renamed Romny. 523
Adler (2) 1884 1897 African coastal service and later Italy - Suez feeder ship, 1897 transferred to Argo SS Co. 1,356
Adler (3) 1900 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 1,170
Aegina 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1941 sunk by British warships off Libya. 2,447
Agira 1930 1936 renamed Spree, 1939 mined off Denmark towed to Stavanger, 1946 seized by Allies, assigned to Holland and renamed Hedel. 2,867
Albatross (1) 1872 West Indies - Colon feeder ship, 1891 sold to Argonaut SS Co, London, renamed Argonaut. 1,045
Albatross (2) 1893 Bremen - UK service, 1897 transferred to Argo SS Co. 1,083
Albatross (3) 1915 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 985
Alda 1921 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 renamed Eisenach (3), 1941 scuttled at Costa Rica to prevent seizure, refloated and renamed Oceanica for Costa Rican owners, 1943 to Portugal renamed Ultramarino, 1951 repurchased by NGL renamed Traunstein, 1960 scrapped. 4,177
Alk 1924 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 1,175
Aller (1) 1886 1904 scrapped. 4,964
Aller (2) 1927 1939 laid up in Lourenco Marques, 1943 sold to Cia. Nacional de Nav., Portugal renamed Sofala. 7,627
Alrich 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1934 to Hamburg South America Line, 1937 renamed Sao Paulo. 4,977
Alster 1928 1940 captured off Bodo, Norway by Royal Navy, renamed Empire Endurance. 8,514
Altenburg 1916 1919 ceded to France as war reparation renamed Camranh. 6,742
America (1) 1863 1894 sold to Italy, renamed Orazio. 2,752
America (2) 1893 ex- Stolzenfels, 1905 purchased from Argo Line, renamed America, 1908 sold to Argo Line. 3,022
Amisia 1921 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1934 to Argo Line. 999
Amsel (1) 1921 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1927 to K.N.S.M., Amsterdam renamed Proteus. 1,065
Amsel (2) 1927 1934 to Argo Line. 1,756
Anatolia 1923 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1940 sold to Lloyd Argentino, 1942 renamed Santa Fe. 2,446
Ancona   see Haimon (1)  
Anghin 1903 ex- Dorothea Rickmers, 1903 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Anghin, 1919 to Britain as war reparation. 1,613
Angora 1923 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1935 to Atlas Levante Line, Bremen. 2,289
Anhalt (1) 1914 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 sold to Spain (Aznar) renamed Aya Mendi.1924 repurchased by NGL reverted to Anhalt, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Kharkov. October 14th 1941 scuttled at Nicolaev, salvaged by Germans. 1942 to German Goverment, renamed Boy Feddersen. August 11th 1943 sunk by Soviet submarine D.4. near Sevastapol. 6,580
Anhalt (2)   see Ansgir.  
Ansgir 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 renamed Anhalt (2), 1941 arracked by British destroyers off Norway, run ashore and wrecked. 4,621
Arnfried 1922 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Ladoga. 2,332
Arta 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1935 to Atlas Levante Line, Bremen 2,452
Arucas 1927 1940 scuttled in North Atlantic to avoid capture by Royal Navy. 3,359
Asahan 1899 ex- Anjou, 1900 purchased from Soc. Nantaise de Transp. a la Guyane, Nantes, and renamed Asahan, 1906 sold to Bangkok, renamed Anjou. 404
Askania 1922 ex- Nord Schleswig, 1931 purchased from H. Schuldt, Flensburg renamed Askania, 1936 renamed Schleswig, 1937 sold to Peru renamed Maranon. 3,367
Athena 1923 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 sold to USSR renamed Ilmen. 2,286
Attika 1923 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1935 to Atlas Levante Line, Bremen. 3,447
Atto 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1935 to Deutsche Levante Line, Hamburg renamed Adana. 4,176
Augsburg (1) 1916 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed Tremere of Hain SS Co. 8,112
Augsburg (2) 1915 ex- Northwestern Miller, 1927 purchased from Furness Withy & Co., renamed Augsburg, 1940 to Japanese Government renamed Teiryo Maru. 6,512
Ayuthia 1908 1920 ceded to Britain. 422
Babelsberg 1883 ex- Niobe, 1898 purchased from Kingsin Line and renamed Babelsberg, 1900 sold to Ostasiatische Handels Ges., Hamburg. 2,180
Badenstein 1968 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1978 sold to Chile renamed Rapel. 7,474
Baltimore 1868 1894 scrapped. 2,321
Bamberg 1895 ex- Senta, 1898 purchased from Kingsin Line and renamed Bamberg, 1903 sold to Hamburg America Line, renamed Spezia. 4,148
Bangkapong 1903 1917 seized by Siam renamed Han Thale. 455
Barbarossa 1897 1917 seized by USA renamed Mercury. 10,769
Barenstein 1953 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 chartered renamed Pratita, 1972 sold to Italy renamed Ignazioemme. 5,547
Bartenstein 1956 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1977 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Benar. 5,827
Bayern 1887 1893 rebuilt to 5034 tons, 1909 scrapped. 4,576
Bayernstein (1) 1955 1967 sold to C. Y. Tung, Hong Kong renamed Oriental Lady. 8,999
Bayernstein (2) 1968 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1980 sold to Singapore renamed South Star. 7,485
Berengar 1911 ex- General Botha, 1926 purchased from the Reardon Smith, Cardiff renamed Berengar, 1935 to Hamburg South America Line, 1937 renamed Petropolis. 4,845
Berlin (1) 1868 1894 sold to Italy, renamed M. Bruzzo. 2,334
Berlin (2) 1909 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1920 to White Star Line renamed Arabic. 17,324
Berlin (3) 1925 1945 mined and sunk off Swinemunde, 1948 refloated, repaired and renamed Admiral Nakhimov for USSR. 1986 sank in Black Sea after collision 15,286
Berlin (4)   see Gripsholm.  
Bieberstein 1953 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Italy renamed Robertoemme. 5,546
Billung 1918 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1926 renamed Meise, 1934 to Argo Line. 868
Birkenstein 1956 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1977 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Berani. 5,798
Bischofstein 1956 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1976 sold to Panama renamed Pantera. 5,794
Blankenstein 1956 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1977 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Bakti. 5,827
Bodenstein 1956 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1977 sold to Singapore renamed New Panther. 5,827
Bogota 1937 1944 chartered to Japan renamed Teishu Maru, 1945 under U.S. control reverted to Bogota, 1950 returned to NGL, 1955 sold to Denmark renamed Astrid Sven. 1,230
Bonn 1895 1913 sold to Jebsen & Diederichsen, Hamburg, renamed Gregor. 3,969
Borkum (1) 1896 ex- Ellen Rickmers, 1900 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Borkum, 1915 seized by Italy renamed Asti. 5,642
Borkum (2)   see Ingram.  
Borneo 1902 1917 seized by USA renamed Nipsic. 2,168
Brandenburg 1902 1919 to Britain as war reparation, 1922 renamed Hecuba Alfred Holt & Co. (Blue Funnel Line) 7,542
Brandenstein 1952 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Italy renamed Fernandaemme. 5,567
Braunschweig 1873 1896 scrapped. 3,080
Breitenstein 1956 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1976 sold to Panama renamed Diego. 5,794
Bremen (1) 1858 1874 sold to E.Bates, Liverpool converted to sail. 2,674
Bremen (2) 1897 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 to Byron Line, renamed Constantinople. 10,525
Bremen (3)   1922 see Prinzess Irene.  
Bremen (4) 1929 1940 accommodation ship at Bremerhaven, 1941 burnt out in Bremerhaven, 1946 scrapped. 51,656
Bremen (5) 1939 ex- Pasteur, 1959 purchased from Cie. de Nav. Sudatlantique, Bordeaux renamed Bremen, 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Chandris, Piraeus renamed Regina Magna. 32,336
Bremerhaven 1920 1922 sold to Horn Line, Lubeck, 1925 taken over with Horn Line, 1936 sold to Colyer, Watson & Co., Rabaul renamed Island Trader, 1938 repurchased by NDL renamed Bremerhaven, 1940 sold to Japan renamed Heiun Maru. 1,566
Breslau 1901 1917 seized by USA renamed Bridgeport. (picture) 7,524
Brun von Warendorp 1914 1925 taken over with Hanseatische D.S. Ges., Lubeck 1927 renamed Hecht, 1933 to Argo Line, Bremen. 999
Buchenstein 1958 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1981 sold to Saudi Arabia renamed Saudi Rose. 6,223
Bulow 1906 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Tras-os-Montes. 9,028
Buntenstein 1960 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1980 sold to Panama renamed Sandra S. 6,233
Burgenstein 1958 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1981 sold to Saudi Arabia renamed Saudi Palm. 6,215
Bussard 1921 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1934 to Argo Line. 986
Butt 1909 ex- Ludwig Stahl, 1928 taken over with Weidtmann Lane, Hamburg renamed Butt, 1933 to Argo Line. 736
Cali   see Fredenhagen.  
Cassel 1901 1919 to France as war reparation, renamed Marechal Gallieni. 7,543
Castorp 1920 1925 taken over with Hanseatische D.S. Ges., Lubeck 1927 renamed Forelle, 1932 to Argo Line, Bremen. 1,005
Cavalla 1912 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1935 to Atlas Levante Line, Bremen. 1,570
Chantaboon 1908 1917 seized by Siam. 421
Chemnitz (1) 1902 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation. 7,542
Chemnitz (2) 1929 1939 captured by French Navy, 1940 renamed Saint Bertrand. 5,522
Chieng Mai (1) 1895 ex- Clio, 1899 purchased from Straits SS Co., Singapore, and renamed Chieng Mai, 1906 sold to Handels & Schhep Mart, renamed Sari Bandjer. 1,237
Chiengmai (2) 1907 1917 seized by Siam renamed Doen Samudi. 1,815
Choising 1900 ex- Madeleine Rickmers, 1903 chartered from Rickmers, 1906 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Choising, 1915 became Italian renamed Caroccio. 1,657
Coblenz (1) 1897 1917 seized by USA renamed Sachem. 3,169
Coblenz (2) 1924 1935 sold to Italia Line renamed Sicilia. 9,449
Coburg (1) 1909 1917 seized by Brazil renamed Pocone. 6,750
Coburg (2)   see Havel (2)  
Columbus 1923 1939 scuttled in Atlantic to avoid capture by Royal Navy. 32,364
Condor (1) 1858 1866 rebuilt to 653 tons, 1879 sank after collision with Norwegian sailing ship Jenny near Goteburg. 568
Condor (2) 1884 1897 transferred to Argo SS Co. 1,230
Condor (3) 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1934 to Argo Line. 889
Crefeld (1) 1895 1918 ceded to Spain as war reparation renamed Espana No.4. 3,829
Crefeld (2) 1922 1934 became cargo ship, 1941 scuttled as blockship at Massawa 9,573
Dagmar 1896 1901 purchased from Melchers & Co, 1901 wrecked. 1,457
Danzig 1887 Italy - Egypt feeder service, 1896 sold to R.Sloman, Hamburg, renamed Frascati. 1,852
Darmstadt 1890 1911 sold to Turkey, renamed Kara Deniz. 5,012
Darvel 1905 1917 seized by USA renamed Wamsutta. 1,508
Deli 1900 1917 seized by Siam renamed Den Samud. 1,394
Der Deutsche   see Sierra Morena.  
Derfflinger 1908 1914 seized by Britain, renamed Huntsgreen, 1923 repurchased by NGL reverted to Derfflinger, 1932 scrapped. 9,060
Dessau (1) 1915 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed Voreda. 1924 repurchased by NGL reverted to Dessau, 1935 scrapped. 6,719
Dessau (2)   see Wido.  
Deutschland 1866 1875 wrecked in Thames Estuary; loss of 57 lives. 2,800
Donau (1) 1869 1889 sold to H. Bischoff, Bremen. 2,896
Donau (2) 1929 1945 sunk in Oslofjord with limpet mines, 1952 salvaged and scrapped. 9,025
Drau 1944 1947 ceded to USA, 1948 sold to Norway renamed Sunny, then Tindefjell. 3,290
Dresden (1) 1889 1903 sold to Houston Line, renamed Helius. 4,802
Dresden (2)   see Zeppelin.  
Dresden (3) 1937 1942 sunk in mouth of Gironde by British torpedo boats; loss of 251 lives, 1946 raised and repaired, 1949 sold to Chargeurs Reunis renamed Doba. 5,567
Drossel   see Horneck.  
Dusseldorf 1935 1939 captured by Royal Navy near Antofasta renamed Kingston, then Empire Confidence. 4,930
Eider (1) 1884 1892 stranded Isle of Wight, refloated and scrapped. 4,722
Eider (2) 1937 1943 became minesweeper Sperrbrecher 36, 1946 scuttled in North Sea with cargo of surplus gas ammunition. 3,288
Eisenach (1) 1909 1917 seized by Brazil renamed Santarem. 6,750
Eisenach (2) 1922 1935 sold to Bulgaria renamed Rodina. 4,177
Eisenach (3)   see Alda.  
Elbe (1) 1881 1895 sunk in collision in North Sea with British SS Craithie; loss of 332 lives. 4,510
Elbe (2) 1929 ex- Holstein, 1934 purchased renamed Elbe, 1941 sunk by British carrier aircraft off Cape Verde Islands. 6,606
Elberfeld 1923 1927 wrecked off Spain. 6,272
Elsass 1912 1917 seized by USA renamed Appeles. 6,590
Elster 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1934 to Argo Line. 1,136
Ems (1) 1884 1901 sold to Elder Dempster & Co., renamed Lake Simcoe. 4,730
Ems (2) 1937 1939 converted to surface raider, 1942 sunk by British torpedo boat in English Channel. 3,287
Emsstein 1951 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Austria renamed Murtal. 2,699
Erfurt (1) 1916 1920 to Belgium, renamed Mercier. 7,853
Erfurt (2) 1923 1944 mined and sunk in Baltic. 4,201
Erlangen (1) 1902 1917 mined and sunk in North Sea; loss of 19 lives. 5,285
Erlangen (2) 1929 1941 scuttled south of Montevideo to avoid capture by Royal Navy. 6,101
Erpel 1928 1933 to Argo Line. 1,771
Este 1930 1940 seized by Holland at Curacao renamed Suriname. 7,915
Estland 1896 1925 taken over with Hanseatische D.S. Ges., Lubeck 1926 to Baltische Reederei, Hamburg renamed Lulealf. 877
Europa (1) 1889 ex- Gutenfels, 1905 purchased from Argo Line, renamed Europa, 1908 sold to Argo Line. 2,737
Europa (2) 1930 1945 taken over by US Navy renamed USS Europa, 1950 Became French Line's Liberte. 49,746
Europa (3) 1952 ex- Kungsholm, 1965 purchased from Swedish American Line and renamed Europa, 1981 sold to Panama, renamed Columbus C, 1984 sank Cadiz and scrapped. 22,071
Europa (4) 1953 ex- Kungsholm, 1965 purchased from Swedish America Line renamed Europa, 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1981 sold to Panama renamed Columbus C. 21,514
Falke (1) 1857 1864 sold to V. Lohmann, Hull, renamed Herald. 568
Falke (2) 1866 1892 sold to Hamburg owners. 663
Falke (3) 1894 Bremen - UK service, 1897 transferred to Argo SS Co. 1,082
Falke (4) 1909 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 997
Fasan   see Hornbach.  
Feldmarchall Moltke 1873 West Indies, Colon service, 1875 sold to P&O Line, renamed Assam. 3,231
Fink   see Hornburg.  
Forelle   see Castorp.  
Franken (1) 1905 1917 seized by Brazil renamed Taubate. 5,082
Franken (2) 1926 1940 seized by Holland renamed Wangi Wangi. 7,789
Frankfurt (1) 1869 1894 sold to shipbuilder in part exchange for new ships. 2,582
Frankfurt (2) 1899 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation.1922 renamed Sarvistan 7,431
Frankfurt (3) 1929 1941 scuttled in Atlantic to avoid capture by Royal Navy. 5,522
Fredenhagen 1915 1925 taken over with Hanseatische D.S. Ges., Lubeck 1926 renamed Cali, 1937 sold to Chile. 1,023
Freiburg 1900 transferred to Roland Line in 1906, renamed Turpin, 1925 transferred to NGL with Roland Line, 1932 scrapped. 6,090
Friderun 1922 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1940 seized by Holland renamed Meroendoeng. 2,464
Friedrich Der Grosse 1896 1917 seized by USA renamed Huron. 10,531
Friesenstein 1967 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1984 sold to Greece renamed Kinaros. 7,485
Fulda (1) 1883 1898-1899 chartered to Spain for trooping, 1899 damaged in drydock and scrapped. 4,819
Fulda (2) 1924 1940 sold to Japan renamed Teikoko Maru. 9,492
Ganter 1927 1934 to Argo Line. 1,769
Geier 1924 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1934 to Argo Line. 1,174
General Von Steuben   1931 see Munchen (2).  
General Werder 1874 1893 sold to shipbuilder in part exchange for new ships renamed Midnight Sun. 3,022
George Washington 1909 1917 seized by USA same name. 25,570
Gera (1) 1891 1908 sold to Lloyd del Pacifico, Italy, renamed Valparaiso. 5,005
Gera (2) 1915 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, renamed Orsino. 7,874
Gerfrid 1895 1927 taken over with Globus Reederei, 1927 sold to Brazil renamed Merity. 4,742
Germar 1911 1927 taken over with Globus Reederei, 1933 scrapped. 4,681
Gernis 1905 1927 taken over with Globus Reederei, 1933 scrapped. 3,552
Gerrat (1) 1917 1927 taken over with Globus Reederei, 1927 sold to Carsten Rehder, Altona renamed Alfred Rehder. 854
Gerrat (2) 1914 1927 taken over with Globus Reederei, 1933 scrapped. 4,393
Gerwin 1914 1927 taken over with Globus Reederei, 1933 scrapped. 4,169
Giessen (1) 1908 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed City of Harvard. (Ellerman Line) 5,441
Giessen (2) 1915 ex- Southwestern Miller, 1927 purchased from Furness Withy & Co., renamed Giessen, 1929 wrecked in mouth of Yangtse River. 6,513
Gneisenau (1) 1903 1918 seized by Belgium, 1919 sold to Italy, 1921 renamed Citta di Genova. 8,081
Gneisenau (2) 1936 1943 mined and put ashore on Lolland Island, later scrapped. 18,160
Goeben 1907 1919 to France as war reparation, 1920 renamed Rousillon (French Line) 6,500
Goslar 1929 1939 scuttled off Paramaribo to avoid capture by the Dutch. 6,040
Gotha 1907 1933 scrapped. 5,441
Gottingen (1) 1907 1933 scrapped. 5,441
Gottingen (2) 1944 1945 torpedoed and sunk by Russian submarine off Libau. 6,267
Graf Bismarck 1871 1898 scrapped. 2,407
Grandon (1) 1918 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1926 renamed Specht, 1933 to Argo Line. 761
Grandon (2) 1912 ex- City of Boston, 1927 purchased from Ellerman Line renamed Grandon, 1935 to Hamburg South America Line, 1937 renamed Patagonia. 5,883
Greif 1923 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1934 to Argo Line. 996
Greifswald 1907 1914 seized by Australia, 1916 renamed Carina. 5,486
Gripsholm 1924 taken over from Swedish America Line by Bremen Amerika Line, jointly operated by Swedish America and NGL. 1955 renamed Berlin (4), 1959 fully owned by NGL, 1966 scrapped. 18,600
Grosser Kurfurst 1900 1917 seized by USA renamed Aeolus. 13,182
Gulf of Mexico 1883 1893 chartered from Greenock SS Co. for two NY voyages. 3,172
H.H. Meier 1891 ex- Lucania, 1892 purchased from D&C. McIver & Co. and renamed H.H. Meier, 1901 sold to Cia Trasatlantica, Spain, renamed Manuel Calvo (not scrapped until 1958) 5,341
Habsburg 1876 1898 sold for scrap. 3,094
Haimon (1) 1898 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1927 renamed Ancona, 1928 sold to Brazil renamed Pirangy. 3,810
Haimon (2) 1910 ex- Quebec City, 1927 purchased from Reardon Smith, Cardiff renamed Haimon, 1935 scrapped. 4,920
Halle 1896 1913 sold to Jebsen & Diederichsen, Hamburg, renamed Pawel. 3,960
Hameln (1) 1907 ex- Hilda, 1921 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Hameln, 1929 sold to France renamed Indenie. 4,173
Hameln (2)   see Roland (2)  
Hannover (1) 1869 1894 scrapped. 2,571
Hannover (2) 1899 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 repurchased by NGL rebuilt to 7438 tons, 1933 scrapped. 7,305
Hannover (3) 1939 1940 captured by Canadian warship, renamed Sinbad, then Empire Audacity. 5,537
Hansa (1) 1861 1879 sold to shipbuilders in part exchange for Hansa (2). 2,992
Hansa (2) 1879 1880 wrecked Terschelling Island, Holland on maiden voyage; no loss of life. 2,513
Hansa (3) 1889 ex- Rudesheimer, 1905 purchased from Argo Line, renamed Hansa, 1908 sold to Argo Line. 2,847
Havel (1) 1891 1899 sold Cia Trasatlantica, Spain, renamed Alfonso XII. 6,963
Havel (2) 1928 1938 renamed Coburg, 1941 scuttled in Indian Ocean to avoid capture by Royal Australian Navy. 7,256
Havelstein 1954 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1973 sold to Hong Kong renamed Nankuo. 6,734
Hecht   see Brun von Warendorp.  
Heidelberg 1893 ex- Irene, 1898 purchased from Kingsin Line and renamed Heidelberg, 1912 sold to Armement Adolf Deppe, Antwerp, renamed Bulgarie. 3,372
Heilbronn 1915 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed Eastminster Abbey. 8,037
Helgoland (1) 1896 ex- Maria Rickmers, 1900 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Helgoland, 1914 captured by Britain in Mediterranean.1915 renamed Nerine. 5,666
Helgoland (2)   see Riol.  
Hemeln 1907 ex- Hilda, 1921 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Hemeln, 1929 sold to France renamed Indenie. 4,173
Henner 1912 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Okhotsk. 3,367
Hermann 1865 1893 sold to shipbuilder in part exchange for H.H.Meier. 2,873
Herzogin Cecilie 1902 freight carrying 4-masted bark used as cadet training ship, 1921 ceded to France as war reparations, 1922 sold to Erikson, Mariehamn, 1936 wrecked. 3,242
Herzogin Sophie Charlotte 1894 ex- Albert Rickmers, 4-masted bark purchased 1900 from Rickmers Line, renamed Herzogin Sophie Charlotte. Freight carrying cadet training ship, 1913 sold Hamburg. 2,580
Hessen 1905 1914 seized by Australia renamed Bulla. 5,098
Hessenstein (1) 1954 1967 sold to Liberia renamed Oriental Musician. 8,929
Hessenstein (2) 1967 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1974 sold to Ecuador renamed Isla Puna. 7,485
Hohenstaufen 1874 1897 scrapped. 3,098
Hohenzollern (1) 1873 1899 sold to Hong Kong. 3,092
Hohenzollern (2)   1901 see Kaiser Wilhelm II  
Holger 1906 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Tashkent. 5,555
Holstein 1911 1934 transferred to Hamburg Sud, 1937 renamed Curityba. 4,932
Holstenstein 1967 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1984 sold to Greece renamed Karos. 7,485
Hornbach 1923 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Fasan, 1931 to H. Schuldt, Flensburg renamed Heinrich Schuldt. 1,543
Hornburg 1924 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Fink, 1934 to Argo Line. 1,004
Horncap 1920 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Yalta, 1931 to H. Schuldt, Flensburg renamed Hansburg. 2,369
Horneck 1924 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Drossel, 1934 to Argo Line. 999
Hornfels 1921 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Ulm, 1935 to Bock, Goddefroy & Co, Hamburg renamed Manissa. 3,970
Hornhoh 1922 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Moewe (4), 1927 exploded and sank off Osel Island (possibly mine) 969
Hornland 1922 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Taube, 1934 to Argo Line. 750
Hornsee 1923 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Rabe, 1934 to Argo Line. 994
Hornsriff 1924 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1926 renamed Wachtel, 1933 to Argo Line. 992
Hornsund 1922 1925 taken over with Horn Line, Lubeck, 1927 renamed Pera (2), 1931 to H. Schuldt, Flensburg renamed Norburg. 2,392
Hudson 1858 1858 burned out at Bremen, rebuilt and 1863 became Louisiana for National Line. 2,800
Ibis 1920 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 593
Iller 1938 I1944 sunk by Russian air attack off Manut. 3,290
Illstein 1959 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Hong Kong renamed Minshan. 3,049
Ilmar (1) 1918 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1926 renamed Lerche, 1934 to Argo Line. 1,128
Ilmar (2) 1911 ex- Sunheath, 1927 purchased from Mitchell Cotts & Co., London renamed Ilmar, 1935 to Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line. 5,470
Immo 1923 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Volkhov. 2,329
Ingo 1926 1935 to Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line. 3,950
Ingram 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 renamed Borkum, 1939 seized by Royal Navy off Orkneys. 3,670
Inn   see Abana.  
Innstein 1951 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Panama renamed Siccarabic. 2,693
Irmgard 1922 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Luga. 2,328
Isar 1929 1947 towed to Britain in damaged condition, sold to Stanhope SS Co. renamed Stanroyal. 9,026
Isarstein 1954 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1973 sold to Indonesia renamed Pratita (2) 6,717
Ivo 1922 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Svir. 2,329
Justin 1912 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1935 scrapped. 6,053
Kaiser Friedrich 1898 could not reach specified speed, 1899 chartered to HAPAG, 1900-1912 laid up. 1912 sold to Cie Sud-Atlantique, Paris, renamed Burdigala. 12,481
Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse 1897 1914 became German armed merchant cruiser, 1914 sunk by HMS Highflyer at Rio de Oro, Spanish Sahara. 14,349
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1) 1889 1900 rebuilt to 6668 tons, 1901 renamed Hohenzollern (2), 1908 stranded Sardinia, refloated and scrapped. 4,774
Kaiser Wilhelm II (2) 1903 1917 seized by USA renamed Agamemnon. (picture) 19,361
Kaiserin Maria Theresia   1899 see Spree (1)  
Karlsruhe (1) 1889 1908 scrapped. 5,087
Karlsruhe (2)   1928 see Prinzess Irene.  
Kleist 1907 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 to Japan renamed Yoshino Maru. 8,950
Kohsichang 1894 ex- Sirius, 1900 purchased from Dampskibs Urania, Copenhagen, and renamed Kohsichang, 1917 seized by Siam, renamed Sri Samud. 2,043
Koln (1) 1870 1895 scrapped. 2,555
Koln (2) 1899 1917 seized by USA renamed Amphion. 7,409
Koln (3) 1922 1934 became cargo ship, 1940 wrecked on Swedish coast. 9,265
Kommodore Johnsen 1921 4-masted barque, cadet training and freight ship, ex- Magdalene Vinnen, 1936 purchased from Vinnen & Co, Bremen renamed Kommodore Johnsen, 1946 ceded to USSR renamed Sedov. 3,572
Konig Albert 1899 1915 seized by Italy renamed Ferdinando Palasciano. (picture) 10,634
Konig Wilhelm I 1871 1873 wrecked Holland; no loss of life. 2,550
Konigin Louise 1897 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 to Orient Line, renamed Omar. 10,566
Konigsberg (1) 1897 ex- Della, 1898 purchased from Kingsin Line and renamed Konigsberg, 1903 sold to Hamburg America Line, renamed Scandia. 4,506
Konigsberg (2) 1924 1940 scuttled off Vigo to avoid capture. 6,465
Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm 1871 1897 scrapped. 2,387
Kronprinz Wilhelm 1901 1914 became German commerce raider, 1915 interned in USA, 1917 seized by USA, renamed Von Steuben. (picture) 14,908
Kronprinzessin Cecilie 1907 1917 seized by USA renamed Mount Vernon. 19,503
Kwong Eng 1907 1919 to Britain as war reparation, 1921 sold to Indo-China SN Co. renamed Ming Sang. 1,650
Lahn (1) 1888 1904 sold to Russian Navy, renamed Russ. 5,099
Lahn (2) 1927 1940 sold to Argentina renamed San Martin. 8,498
Lahnstein 1951 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Panama renamed Konrad. 2,693
Langeoog (1) 1896 1903 purchased from Rickmers Line, 1910 sold to Deutsche Sudsee Phosphat Ges., Bremen. 142
Langeoog (2) 1945 1947 to USSR renamed Mekhanik Afanasiev. 2,818
Laughton 1882 1893 chartered for three NY voyages 2,436
Lech 1939 1941 scuttled in Atlantic to avoid capture by Royal Navy. 3,290
Lechstein 1958 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Offen, Hamburg, registered Liberia renamed Holstendeich. 3,660
Leipzig (1) 1869 1894 sold to Hamburg owners. 2,388
Leipzig (2) 1938 1941 scuttled at Callao to avoid capture by Canadian Navy. 5,898
Lerche   see Ilmar (1)  
Lichtenstein 1951 1968 sold to Philippines renamed Don Camilo. 2,353
Liebenstein 1951 1968 sold to Philippines renamed Don Lorenzo. 2,353
Lindenstein 1954 ex- Clary Thorden, 1954 purchased from Thorden Line, Uddevall renamed Lindenstein, 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Greece but chartered back to Hapag-Lloyd, 1976 renamed Navikapol. 4,785
Linz 1943 1945 ceded to Britain renamed Empire Wansbeck. 3,374
Lippe (1) 1917 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed Tresisthney, Hain SS Co. 6,714
Lippe (2)   see Porta (1)  
Locksun 1902 ex- Andree Rickmers, 1903 chartered from Rickmers, 1906 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Locksun, 1917 seized by USA renamed Gulfport. 1,657
Lothringen 1906 1914 seized by Australia renamed Moora. 5,008
Lubeck 1886 1886 - 1895 Australia - Pacific Islands service, 1895 sold to Japan renamed, Gaisen Maru. 1,816
Ludwigshafen 1923 1935 sold to Hamburg South America Line, 1938 renamed Tijuca. 5,918
Lumme 1928 1929 to D. S. Reederei Seefahrt, Bremen. 1,730
Lutzow 1908 1914 seized by Britain renamed Huntsend, 1923 repurchased by NGL reverted to Lutzow, 1933 scrapped. 8,818
Madrid   1925 see Sierra Nevada (2)  
Main (1) 1868 1891 sold to Anglo-American SS Co. 3,087
Main (2) 1900 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation. 10,067
Main (3) 1927 1940 torpedoed and sunk by Norwegian destroyer during German invasion of Norway. 7,624
Mainz 1897 1912 sold to Belgium, renamed Lydie. 3,204
Malaya 1904 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1920 to Straits SS Co. 901
Manila 1904 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 sold to China renamed Siang Lee. 1,790
Manizales   see Pleskow.  
Marburg (1) 1900 1906 transferred to Roland Line, renamed Lambert. 5,967
Marburg (2)   see Saale (2)  
Mark (1) 1893 S. America service, 1902 sold to Woermann Line, Hamburg, transferred to German East Africa Line, renamed Markgraf. 3,835
Mark (2) 1913 1917 seized by USA, 1919 renamed Suwanee. 6,579
Marudu 1905 1917 seized by USA renamed Yazoo. 1,514
Medan 1899 ex- Maha Vajiravudh, 1901 purchased from East Asiatic Co., Copenhagen and renamed Medan, 1904 sold to Hamburg America Line, renamed Peiho. 779
Meiningen 1916 1919 ceded to France as war reparation renamed Sikiang. 6,738
Meise   see Billung.  
Melbourne Express 1970 container ship, 1986 renamed Melbourne, 1987 sold to St. Vincent owner renamed Melbourne Range. 25,558
Memel 1934 1940 sold to USSR renamed Viborg. 3,183
Menam (2) 1906 1917 seized by Siam renamed Thon Thale. 464
Merkur   see Rio Bravo.  
Minden 1921 1939 scuttled off the Faroes to avoid capture by Royal Navy. 4,165
Minister Roon 1873 1875 sold to P&O Line, renamed Siam. 3,068
Moewe (1) 1857 1866 rebuilt to 689 tons, 1881 sold to DFDS, Copenhagen renamed Charkov. 521
Moewe (2) 1883 1897 La Plata feeder service, 1897 transferred to Argo SS Co. 940
Moewe (3) 1913 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1926 sold to Messageries Maritimes renamed Marechal Gallieni. 978
Moewe (4)   see Hornhoh.  
Mosel (1) 1872 1882 wrecked Cornwall; no loss of life. 3,125
Mosel (2) 1927 1941 to Japan renamed Teizui Maru. 8,428
Mosel Express 1969 container ship, 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1985 sold to Lykes Lines, New Orleans renamed Adabelle Lykes. 13,396
Moselstein 1954 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1977 sold to Panama. 6,968
Munchen (1) 1889 1902 stranded Caroline Islands, refloated, sold to Russia, renamed Gregory Morch. 4,803
Munchen (2) 1923 1931 renamed General Von Steuben. 1938 renamed Steuben, 1945 torpedoed and sunk by Russian submarine in Baltic; loss of 2,700+ lives. 13,325
Munchen (3) 1936 1941 scuttled off Callao to avoid capture by Canadian Navy. 5,619
Munchen (4)   see Mur.  
Munster 1921 ex-Nord Friesland, 1931 purchased from H. Schuldt, Flensburg renamed Munster, 1934 sold to Hamburg South America Line, 1937 renamed Corrientes. 4,565
Mur 1943 1944 converted to Hospital ship renamed Munchen, 1945 ceded to France renamed Ile d'Oleron for French Navy. 3,290
Murla 1919 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Minsk. 5,949
Nabob 1943 ex- Royal Navy escort carrier HMS Nabob, 1951 purchased and converted, 1967 sold to Panama renamed Glory. 7,907
Nabstein 1960 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Offen, Hamburg, registered Liberia renamed Holstenfleet. 3,660
Natuna 1898 1900 purchased from East Asiatic Co., Copenhagen, 1912 sold to Sarawak & Singapore SS Co. 764
Neckar (1) 1874 1896 scrapped. 3,120
Neckar (2) 1901 1917 seized by USA renamed Antigone. 9,835
Neckar (3) 1928 1939 became minesweeper Sperrbrecher VIII, 1944 damaged by air attack ar Brest and subsequently scuttled. 8,417
Neckarstein 1953 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1973 sold to Somalia renamed Nanwu. 6,969
Nemesis 1857 1872 chartered for 4 NY voyages. 2,717
Neptun   see Rio Panuco.  
New York 1858 1874 sold to E.Bates, Liverpool converted to sail. 2,674
Nienburg (1) 1916 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed Tamora. 7,853
Nienburg (2) 1922 1940 sold to Lloyd Argentino renamed Belgrano. 4,154
Norderney (1) 1896 ex- Elisabeth Rickmers, 1900 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Norderney, 1916 mined and sunk, Rugen Island. 5,497
Norderney (2)   see Raimund.  
Nuen Tung 1900 1913 sold to Hermanos Fernandez, Manila, renamed Cebu. 1,341
Nurnberg (1) 1874 1895 sold to F.Raben, Vegesack, scrapped. 3,118
Nurnberg (2) 1895 ex- Bellona, 1898 purchased from Kingsin Line and renamed Nurnberg, 1904 sold to Hamburg America Line, renamed Senegambia. 4,150
Nurnberg (3) 1913 ex- Kosmo, 1928 purchased from Ellerman & Bucknall renamed Nurnberg, 1932 sold to U.S.S.R., renamed Wellen. 5,170
Nurnberg (4) 1936 1947 ceded to Britain renamed Dundalk Bay for H. P. Lenahan, Belfast. 5,635
Oder (1) 1874 1887 wrecked Socotra Island. 3,265
Oder (2) 1928 1941 scuttled in Strait of Perim to avoid capture by Royal Navy. 8,516
Ohio 1869 1894 sold to shipbuilder in part exchange for new ships, resold to Italy renamed Amazzone. 2,394
Oldenburg 1891 1911 sold to Turkey, renamed Ak Deniz. 5,006
Orotava 1927 1940 renamed Robert Mohring, 1945 sunk by air attack off Sassnitz. 3,337
Osnabruck 1935 1945 mined and sunk off Swinemunde. 5,095
Paklat 1902 ex- Maria Rickmers, 1903 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Paklat, 1914 seized by Britain, 1915 renamed Polbain. 1,657
Paknam 1900 1906 sold to Bengal SN Co., renamed Zaida. 2,004
Patani (2) 1907 1917 seized by Siam renamed Thong Samudi. 1,819
Patriu 1903 1917 seized by Siam renamed Leu Thale. 445
Pera (1) 1918 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1926 sold to Messageries Maritimes renamed Le Myre de Villers. 1,467
Pera (2)   see Hornsund.  
Petchaburi 1901 1917 seized by Siam renamed Kaeo Samud. 2,191
Pfalz (1) 1893 S. America service, 1904 sold to Woermann Line, Hamburg, renamed Gertrud Woermann. 3,870
Pfalz (2) 1913 1914 captured by Britain renamed Boorara. ????
Pfalz (3) 1912 ex- Ramses, 1922 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Pfalz, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Tiflis. 7,121
Phoenix 1913 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 999
Pleskow 1915 1925 taken over with Hanseatische D.S. Ges., Lubeck 1926 renamed Manizales, 1938 sold to Chile renamed Junin. 1,023
Pommern 1913 1917 seized by USA renamed Rappahannock. 6,557
Pongtong 1903 ex- Elisabeth Rickmers, 1903 chartered from Rickmers, 1906 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Pongtong, 1917 seized by USA renamed Quinnebaug. 1,631
Porta (1) 1917 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed City of Dunedin of Ellerman Lines. 1927 repurchased from Ellerman Line renamed Lippe (2), 1944 torpedoed at Narvik, beached and broke in two. 7,852
Porta (2) 1922 1946 war reparations to Holland renamed Walcheren. 4,162
Posen 1913 1917 seized by Brazil renamed Almirante Elizario. 6,569
Potsdam 1935 1945 war reparations to Britain, 1946 became troopship Empire Fowey. 17,528
Preussen 1886 1909 various routes, 1894 rebuilt to 5295 tons, 1909 scrapped. 1,579
Prinz Eitel Friedrich 1904 1914 became German commerce raider, 1915 interned in USA, 1917 seized by USA renamed De Kalb. 8,865
Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 1908 1920 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed Empress of China, then Empress of India Canadian Pacific 17,802
Prinz Heinrich 1895 1909 rebuilt to 6636 tons, 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Porto. 6,263
Prinz Ludwig 1906 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1920 to Orient Line renamed Orcades. 9,630
Prinz Sigismund 1903 1914 seized by Australia, 1915 renamed Bambra. 3,302
Prinz Waldemar 1903 1917 seized by USA renamed Wacouta. 3,227
Prinzess Alice 1900 ex- Kiautschou, 1904 purchased from Hamburg America Line and renamed Prinzess Alice, 1917 seized by USA renamed Princess Matoika. (picture) 10,911
Prinzess Irene 1900 1917 seized by USA renamed Pocahontas, 1922 re-purchased by NGL renamed Bremen (3), 1928 renamed Karlsruhe (2), 1932 scrapped. 10,881
Prinzregent Luitpold 1894 1910 rebuilt to 6592 tons, 1915 seized by Italy, 1918 renamed Pietro Calvi. 6,228
Prutan 1912 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1926 sold to Baltische Reederei renamed Pitealf. 333
Quito 1938 1944 stranded near Penang, refloated and renamed Teishu Maru for Japanese Navy, 1945 sunk by USS BREAM off Borneo. 1,230
Rabe   see Hornsee.  
Raimund 1921 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 renamed Norderney (2), 1941 scuttled off Brazil to avoid capture. 3,667
Rajaburi 1900 1914 seized in Hong Kong renamed Chao Chow Fu. 2,190
Rajah 1902 ex- Hohnstein, 1905 purchased from 'Triton', Bremen and renamed Rajah, 1917 seized by USA same name. 2,028
Ranee (2) 1906 1914 seized by Britain, Straits SS Co,. Singapore. 808
Rapot 1923 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1935 to Hamburg South America Line, 1937 renamed Santos. 5,943
Ravenstein 1941 ex- Bastogne, 1955 purchased from Cie. Maritime Belge renamed Ravenstein, 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Ravens. 7,822
Regenstein 1960 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1976 sold to Singapore. 7,375
Reifenstein 1941 ex- Houffalize, 1955 purchased from Cie. Maritime Belge renamed Reifenstein, 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Reiens. 7,859
Reiher (1) 1870 ex- Heron, 1871 purchased from General Steam Nav.Co., London, and renamed Reiher, Bremen - Hull service, 1897 transferred to Argo SS Co. 879
Reiher (2) 1909 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 975
Remscheid (1) 1915 1919 ceded to France as war reparation renamed Yang-Tse. 8,039
Remscheid (2) 1919 ex- Cambrian Queen, 1928 purchased from William Thomas Shipping Co., London renamed Remscheid, 1932 sold to USSR renamed Kiev. 5,823
Rhein (1) 1868 1891 sold to Gray, Liverpool. 2,902
Rhein (2) 1899 1917 seized by USA renamed Susquehanna. 10,058
Rheinland 1912 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation, 1921 renamed Morton Abbey. 6,588
Rheinstein 1951 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Austria renamed Donautal. 2,693
Riederstein 1960 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1976 sold to Singapore. 7,357
Rio Bravo 1924 1931 purchased from H. Schuldt, Flensburg, 1933 renamed Merkur, 1935 sold to Burns, Philp & Co., Australia. 5,946
Rio Panuco 1924 1931 purchased from H. Schuldt, Flensburg, 1934 renamed Neptun, 1935 sold to Burns, Philp & Co., Australia renamed Neptuna. 5,945
Riol 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 renamed Helgoland (2), 1942 sank in Gulf of Finland after ice damage. 3,664
Robert Mohring   see Orotava.  
Roland (1) 1893 1911 sold to Turkey, renamed Bahriamer. 3,720
Roland (2) 1921 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 renamed Hameln (2), 1941 seized by Mexico renamed Oaxaca. 4,174
Roon 1903 1919 ceded to Britain, 1921 to Greece renamed Constantinoupolis. 8,022
Rothenstein 1941 ex- Stavelot, 1955 purchased from Cie. Maritime Belge renamed Rothenstein, 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Rothens. 7,834
Ruhrstein 1951 1951 2697 tons, 1969 scrapped after collision and fire in North Sea. 2,697
Saale (1) 1886 1900 damaged in NY dock fire, sold Luckenbach SS Co., NY, renamed J.L. Luckenbach. 4,967
Saale (2) 1928 1938 renamed Marburg, 1941 mined and sunk off Lefkas Island. 7,262
Saar 1935 1939 became minesweeper Sperrbrecher 1, 1944 bombed and sunk at Brest. 3,261
Saarbrucken 1923 1935 sold to Italia Line renamed Toscana. 9,429
Saarstein 1951 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1971 sold to Austria renamed Drautal. 2,693
Sachsen 1887 Far East service, 1894 rebuilt to 5026 tons, 1909 scrapped. 4,573
Sachsenstein 1968 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1979 sold to Chile renamed Renaico. 7,485
Salier 1875 1896 wrecked on Spanish coast; loss of 279 lives. 3,083
Sambas 1901 1904 sold to M.Pij, Batavia, renamed Valentijn. 505
Samsen 1902 ex- Ellen Rickmers, 1903 purchased from Rickmers Line and renamed Samsen, 1917 seized by Siam renamed Pin Samud. 1,632
Sandakan (2) 1904 1914 seized by Britain. 1,793
Scharnhorst (1) 1904 1919 seized by France, 1920 renamed La Bourdonnais (French Line) 8,130
Scharnhorst (2) 1935 1942 sold to Japan converted to aircraft carrier Jinyo. 18,184
Schlesien (1) 1907 1914 captured by Royal navy, 1915 renamed Maritime, then Waikawa for Union SS Co. of NZ. 5,536
Schlesien (2) 1912 ex- Karnak, 1921 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Schlesien, 1935 scrapped. 7,044
Schleswig (1) 1902 1919 to France as war reparation, 1921 renamed General Duchesne. (picture) 6,955
Schleswig (2)   see Askania.  
Schwaben (1) 1906 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation renamed Cragness. 5,098
Schwaben (2) 1926 1944 sunk in British air attack on Bergen, 1945 salvaged and 1947 to Yugoslavia renamed Bosna. 7,773
Schwabenstein (1) 1954 1967 sold to C. Y. Tung, registered Liberia renamed Oriental Ruler. 8,955
Schwabenstein (2) 1968 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1980 converted to container ship, 1984 sold to Greece renamed Karpathos. 7,485
Schwalbe (1) 1858 1866 rebuilt to 667 tons, 1881 sold to DFDS, Copenhagen, renamed Tula. 521
Schwalbe (2) 1883 Far East coastal service, 1894 sold to Straits SS Co., Singapore, renamed Lady Mitchell. 940
Schwalbe (3) 1920 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1934 to Argo Line. 842
Schwan (1) 1858 1865 rebuilt to 630 tons, 1881 sold to DFDS, Copenhagen, renamed Minsk. 521
Schwan (2) 1884 African coastal service, 1897 transferred to Argo SS Co. 1,232
Schwan (3) 1907 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 983
Seydlitz 1903 1933 scrapped. 7,942
Siegstein 1957 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Macao renamed Minai 2,998
Sierra Cordoba (1) 1913 1917 seized by Peru renamed Callao. 8,226
Sierra Cordoba (2) 1924 1935 sold to Nazi Deutsche Arbeitsfront for Strength Through Joy cruising. 1945 captured by Britain, 1948 sank when under tow. 11,492
Sierra Morena 1924 1935 sold to Nazi Deutsche Arbeitsfront for Strength Through Joy cruising renamed Der Deutsche. 1946 became Russian owned Asia 11,430
Sierra Nevada (1) 1913 1917 seized by Brazil renamed Bage. 8,235
Sierra Nevada (2) 1922 1925 renamed Madrid. 1935 sold to Hamburg South America Line. 8,741
Sierra Nevada (3) 1921 ex- Antonio Delfino, 1932 chartered from Hamburg South America Line renamed Sierra Nevada, 1934 returned to owners renamed Antonio Delfino. 13,502
Sierra Salvada (1) 1913 1917 seized by Brazil renamed Avare. 8,227
Sierra Salvada (2) 1922 ex- Cap Norte, 1932 chartered from Hamburg South America Line renamed Sierra Salvada, 1934 returned to owners renamed Cap Norte. 13,615
Sierra Ventana (1) 1913 1919 seized by France renamed Alba. 8,262
Sierra Ventana (2) 1923 1935 sold to Italia Line renamed Sardegna. 11,392
Sigmaringen 1900 ex- Lowenburg, 1905 purchased from Hansa Line and renamed Sigmaringen, 1916 seized by Italy renamed Arnaldo da Brescia. 5,710
Skutari 1890 ex- Serapis, 1905 purchased from Kosmos Line and renamed Skutari, 1913 sold to Campanella, Genoa, renamed Albaro. 2,867
Smyrna 1912 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1935 to Atlas Levante Line, Bremen. 1,660
Specht   see Grandon (1)  
Sperber (1) 1870 ex- Stork, 1871 purchased from Capt.Kuhling and renamed Sperber, 1894 sold to J.H. Bogel, Bremen. 879
Sperber (2) 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1933 to Argo Line. 889
Spiekeroog 1944 1947 to French Government renamed Jacques Duroux. 2,818
Spree (1) 1890 1899 rebuilt to 7840 tons renamed Kaiserin Maria Theresia. 1904 sold to Russian Navy, renamed Ural. 6,963
Spree (2)   see Agira.  
Spreestein 1957 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Macao renamed Minhao. 2,998
Stambul 1889 1910 purchased from Deutsche Levante Line, Hamburg, 1912 sold to Italy, renamed Cornigliano. 2,663
Star (1) 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1927 sold to K.N.S.M., Amsterdam renamed Odysseus. 775
Star (2) 1927 1932 to Argo Line, 1934 returned to NGL, 1935 to Atlas Levante Line renamed Sparta. 1,724
Stettin 1886 mostly Far East branch line services, 1903 sold to G.McBain, Shanghai. 1,816
Steuben   1938 see Munchen (2)  
Stolberg 1889 ex- Oceana, 1898 purchased from Kingsin Line and renamed Stolberg, 1903 sold to Hamburg America Line, renamed Oceana. 2,582
Strassburg (1) 1872 1896 sold for scrap. 3,025
Strassburg (2) 1900 1904 transferred to Hamburg America Line, renamed Slavonia. 5,057
Strauss (1) 1872 1890 sold to DFDS, Copenhagen, renamed Fano. 844
Strauss (2) 1900 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1927 sold to Fried. Schmitz Rhein & Seeschiffe Reederei, Duisburg renamed Ilse Reichel. 986
Strauss (3) 1928 1933 to Argo Line. 1,756
Stuttgart (1) 1890 1908 scrapped. 5,349
Stuttgart (2) 1924 1938 sold to Nazi Deutsche Arbeitsfront for Strength Through Joy cruising. 1943 bombed and sunk at Gdynia. 13,367
Sumatra 1889 East Indies - Singapore feeder service, 1914 captured by HMAS Australia. 584
Tanglin 1900 1906 sold to Bengal SN Co., renamed Zira. 1,999
Tannstein 1955 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Hong Kong renamed Meiru. 5,572
Targis 1915 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1930 burned in South Atlantic. 5,952
Taube   see Hornland.  
Teo Pao 1907 1919 to Britain as war reparation, 1921 to Indo-China SN Co. renamed Lee Sang. 1,655
Therapia 1901 1906 purchased from Deutsche Levante Line, 1913 sold to Baltischer Lloyd, Libau, renamed Baltika. 3,781
Thuringen 1906 1914 captured by Australian Navy renamed Moorina. 5,003
Torstein 1955 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Hong Kong renamed Meiki. 5,572
Traunstein   see Alda.  
Trave (1) 1886 1908 sold for scrap. 4969
Trave (2) 1928 1943 scuttled off Iceland to avoid capture by Royal Navy. 7,956
Travestein 1954 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1973 sold to Hong Kong renamed Nanhua. 6,752
Trier (1) 1898 1902 wrecked near La Coruna, Spain; no loss of life. 3,168
Trier (2) 1924 1936 wrecked off Spain, salvaged and sold to Turkey as submarine depot ship Erkin. 9,415
Tubingen (1) 1900 ex- Wartburg, 1905 purchased from Hansa Line and renamed Tubingen, 1917 seized by USA renamed Seneca. 5,586
Tubingen (2) 1920 ex- Delaware, 1929 purchased from Norge-Mexico Gulf Line (W. Wilhelmsen) renamed Tubingen, 1934 to Woermann Line, Hamburg. 5,453
Ulm (1)   see Hornfels.  
Ulm (2) 1938 1942 sunk by Royal Navy off Bear Island; loss of 120 lives. 3,071
Union 1867 1870 wrecked on Rattray Head, Aberdeen; no loss of life. 2,800
Vegesack 1920 1922 sold to Horn Line, Lubeck, 1925 taken over with Horn Line, 1933 sold to USSR renamed Ola. 1,566
Visurgis 1936 1934 to Argo Line. 1,306
Wachtel   see Hornsriff.  
Waldeck 1916 1919 ceded to France as war reparation renamed Dalny. 6,582
Wangerooge 1944 1944 mined and sunk off Stadtlandet. 2,819
Weimar 1891 1908 sold to Lloyd de Pacifico, Italy, renamed Santiago. 4,996
Werra (1) 1882 1898-1899 chartered to Spain for trooping, 1901 scrapped. 4,817
Werra (2) 1923 1935 sold to Italia Line, Genoa, renamed Calabria. 9,476
Werrastein 1953 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1973 sold to Macao renamed Nancheng. 6,737
Weser (1) 1858 1859 sold to French Navy. 2,266
Weser (2) 1867 1896 scrapped. 28,70
Weser (3) 1922 1931 laid up, 1933 scrapped. 9,444
Weser (4) 1929 ex- Schleswig, 1934 purchased renamed Weser, 1940 captured by Canadian Navy off Manzanillo renamed Vancouver Island. 6,607
Weser Express 1968 container ship, 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1985 sold to Lykes Lines, New Orleans renamed Charlotte Lykes. 13,382
Weserberg 1944 1945 ceded to Britain, 1947 to Straits SS Co., Singapore renamed Kampar. 1,923
Weserbruck 1945 1945 ceded to Britain renamed Empire Fraser. 1,923
Wesergau 1943 1944 torpedoed by Norwegian submarine, total loss. 1,923
Wesermarsch 1943 1945 ceded to Norway renamed Bragernes, 1946 to USSR renamed Dnjepropetrovsk. 1.923
Weserstein (1) 1944 1945 bombed and sunk by Russian aircraft off Pillau. 1,923
Weserstein (2) 1953 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1973 sold to China renamed Nantao. 6,795
Weserstrand 1945 1945 ceded to Britain renamed Empire Gala, 1946 to USSR renamed Podolsk. 1,923
Weserstrom 1944 1945 ceded to Britain renamed Empire Galena, 1947 to General Steam Nav. Co. renamed Albatross. 1,923
Weserwald 1944 1945 ceded to Britain renamed Empire Galveston, 1946 to USSR renamed Volochaevsk. 1,925
Weserwehr 1944 1945 ceded to Britain renamed Empire Gangway, 1947 to Clarke SS Co., Montreal, 1950 renamed Novaport. 1,923
Westfalen 1906 1944 mined and sunk off Sweden; loss of 150 lives. 5,097
Wido 1923 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 renamed Dessau (2), 1947 scuttled in North Sea with cargo of surplus gas ammunition. 5,933
Wiedstein 1959 1970 to Hapag-Lloyd, 1972 sold to Hong Kong renamed Mintsung. 3,049
Wiegand 1922 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1946 seized by USSR renamed Mikhail Frunze. 5,869
Wigbert 1920 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1934 to German Africa / Woermann Line. 3,648
Willehad 1894 1917 seized by USA renamed Wyandotte. 4,761
Winfried 1920 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1935 to Deutsche Levante Line, Hamburg renamed Yalova. 3,751
Witell 1913 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 to Hamburg South America Line, 1937 renamed Rosario. 6,079
Witram 1911 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1936 to Hamburg South America Line, 1937 renamed Buenos Aires. 6,097
Wittekind 1894 1900 rebuilt to 5640 tons, 1917 seized by USA renamed Iroquois. 4,997
Wittenberg 1895 ex- Thekla, 1898 purchased from Kingsin Line and renamed Wittenberg, 1912 sold to Continentale Reederei, Hamburg, renamed Hochfeld. 3,689
Wolfram 1921 1925 taken over with Hamburg Bremer Afrika Line, 1934 to German Africa / Woermann Line. 3,648
Wurzburg 1900 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Sao Vicente. 5,085
Yalta (1) 1914 1925 taken over with Roland Line, Bremen, 1926 sold to Messageries Maritimes renamed Etienne de Flacourt. 1,495
Yalta (2)   see Horncap.  
Yorck 1906 1933 scrapped. 8,909
Zander 1921 ex- Max Weidtmann, 1928 taken over with Weidtmann Lane, Hamburg renamed Zander, 1933 to Argo Line. 776
Zeppelin 1915 1920 ceded to Britain as war reparation became Ormuz of Orient Line, 1927 repurchased by NGL renamed Dresden (2) 1934 wrecked on Norwegian coast; loss of 4 lives. 14,167
Zieten 1903 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Tungue. 8,043
    The following 25 ships were used on Far East coastal services  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Bangkok 1896 ex- Charon, 1899 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co fleet, renamed Bangkok, 1911 sold to Japan, renamed Kiodo Maru No.13. 1,920
Chow Fa 1888 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation. 1,646
Chow Tai 1896 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1914 seized by Britain. 1,777
Devawongse 1888 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1912 sold to China. 1,643
Kedah 1888 ex- Hydra, 1899 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, renamed Kedah, 1905 sold to Japan. 990
Kelantan 1886 ex- Medusa, 1899 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, renamed Kelantan, 1902 sold to Japan after collision. 967
Keong Wai 1895 1900 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1917 seized by China. 1,777
Kong Beng 1883 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Taiwa Maru. 1,359
Korat 1895 ex- Centaur, 1899 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, renamed Korat, 1911 sold to Japan, renamed Daito Maru. 1,900
Kudat 1882 ex- Hecuba, 1899 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, renamed Kudat, 1905 sold to Japan, renamed Matsushima Maru. 918
Loo Sok 1891 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1912 wrecked. 1,604
Machew 1894 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation. 1,600
Menam (1) 1885 ex- Bangkok, 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., renamed Menam, 1905 sold to Singapore, renamed Bangkok became barge. 397
Mongkut 1883 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Shikoku Maru. 1,354
Patani (1) 1885 ex- Hecate, 1899 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co fleet, renamed Patani, 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Ikuta Maru. 968
Phra Chom Klao 1882 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Kanju Maru. 1,680
Phra Chula Chom Klao 1883 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Manju Maru. 1,661
Phra Nang 1890 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1913 sold to Hong Kong. 1,603
Ranee (1) 1881 1899 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, 1900 sold to Penang, renamed Pin Seng. 617
Sandakan (1) 1872 ex- Deucalion, 1899 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, renamed Sandakan, 1903 sold to Tung See & Co., Shanghai. 2,111
Singora 1894 ex- Cerberus, 1900 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, renamed Singora, 1910 sold to Japan, renamed Tamon Maru No.1. 1,754
Sulu 1886 ex- Banjermassin, 1900 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, renamed Sulu, 1900 sold to Singapore, renamed Tan Auco. 428
Taichiow 1883 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Taishu Maru. 1,359
Tringganu 1890 ex- Gorgon, 1900 taken over with East Indian Ocean SS Co. fleet, renamed Tringganu, 1911 sold to Japan, renamed Taiyo Maru. 986
Wong Koi 1896 1899 taken over with Scottish Oriental SS Co., 1919 ceded to Britain as war reparation. 1,777
    Ships used for Far East passenger river and coastal services  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Mei Dah 1900 1901 purchased from Melchers & Co, 1917 seized by China, renamed Hwah Ta. 1,682
Mei Lee 1901 1901 purchased from Melchers & Co, 1917 seized by China, renamed Hwah Lee. 1,682
Mei Shun 1900 1901 purchased from Melchers & Co, 1911 destroyed by fire, rebuilt and sold to Japan, renamed Kurenai Maru. 1,682
Mei Yu 1901 1904 rebuilt to 1114 tons, 1913 sold to China SS Co. 1,430
Meklong 1901 1914 captured by Australian Navy. 438
Pitsanulok 1901 1917 seized by Siam, renamed Phan Samudh. 2,019
Shantung 1899 1901 purchased from Rickmers Line, 1911 sold to Lim Apat, Muntok, renamed Maras. 1,685
Tacheen 1901 1917 seized by Siam, renamed Chen Thale. 440
Tsintau 1900 1901 purchased from Rickmers Line, 1917 seized by USA, renamed Yuma. 1,685
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