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The Fleets

Skandinavien-Amerika Linien / Scandinavian-America Line

The Scandinavian-America Line was formed in 1898 as the Skandinavien-Amerika Linien, Copenhagen, when the old established Union Steam Ship Company took over the Thingvalla Line together with four of their ships. The Union Steam Ship Company had run services on the North Sea, Baltic and Mediterranean and in 1895 had started a cargo service between Denmark and the US Gulf of Mexico ports. They commenced passenger sailings to New York in 1898 and continued until the 1930s when passenger trade declined due to the depression and passenger sailings were discontinued in 1935. Cargo services continued and North Sea passenger services continue under the name DFDS Seaways.

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 (on-site) or the Immigrant Ship web site.


  • Copenhagen - Christiania (Oslo) - Christiansand - New York (calls also made at Stettin)

Black with broad red band.

Passenger Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Hekla 1884 1898 taken over with Thingvalla Line, 1905 sold to Danish owners, renamed Eduard Regel. 3,258
Thingvalla 1874 1898 taken over with Thingvalla Line, 1900 sold to Norway. 2,524
Norge 1881 1898 taken over with Thingvalla Line, 1904 wrecked near Rockall, 620 lives lost. 3,310
Island 1882 1898 taken over with Thingvalla Line, 1906 scrapped. 2,844
Oscar II 1901 1933 scrapped. 9,956
Hellig Olav 1903 1934 scrapped. 10,085
United States 1903 1935 damaged by fire at Copenhagen and scrapped. 10,095
C.F. Tietgen 1897 ex- Rotterdam, 1906 purchased from Holland America Line and renamed C.F. Tietgen, 1913 sold to Russian American Line, renamed Dwinsk. 8,173
Frederik VIII 1914 1936 scrapped. 11,850
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