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Artus Danziger Reederei & Handels-Aktiengesellschaft 1919-1927 Danzig

When World War I was over the German Shipping companies disappeared from the seas and most of the remaining ships had to be delivered to the Allies as war reparations. It was forbidden for the German Shipping companies to reopen their deep sea lines again, only coastal voyages were allowed.

Hugo Stinnes saw in November 1919 an opportunity to found a shipping company at Danzig which was a neutral free trade zone at that time to open a connection to ports of South America. In 1921 Artus started a service with cargo passenger ships to ports in South America. The first ship to open this new service was the ARTUS.

Hugo Stinnes died at the age of 54 in 1924, his successors were not able to hold the Stinnes empire together so in 1926 the Deutsch Austral & Kosmos took over the AG Hugo Stinnes und Seeschiffahrt und Handel. The Deutsch Austral & Kosmos with the Roland Linie and Hamburg Amerikanische Paketfahrt Aktien Gesellschaft (Hapag) entered into a covenant to split the liner services of cargo and passengers between them to the ports in South and West America. This was the end of the Artus Reederei & Handelsgesellschaft.

Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and Ted Finch for their 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.

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    • * : passenger accommodation

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Artus * 1921 built by Bremer Vulkan AG, Vegesack | Ordered by Hugo Stinnes during WW I, 1921 completed as Artus for Artus, 1924 rebuilt to 9,096gt, 1926 to AG Hugo Stinnes und Seeschiffahrt und Handel, 1926 rebuilt into 9,899gt, 1927 renamed General Mitre, 1931 laid up, 1932-1934 stationary training ship at Hamburg, 1935 sold to Societa Italia Flotte Reuniti NGI - Lloyd Sabaudo - Cosulich 1941 scuttled by own crew at Assab, Eritrea, 1951 scrapped. 7,879
Danzig (1) 1921 built by Nordsee Werke AG, Emden | Ordered by Hugo Stinnes during WW I, 1921 completed as Danzig for Artus, 1921 ceded to Great Britain and sold to Sun Shipping Co., London (mgrs Mitchell, Cotts & Co.) renamed Sunhaven, 1925 sold to Societe Generale de Transport Maritimes a Vapeurs, Marseilles (SGTM) renamed Mont Aigoual, 1934 sold to Soc. Anon de Gerance et d'Armement renamed Miliana, 1936 sold to Compagnie des Bateaux a Vapeur du Nord renamed Douaisien, 1940 lost at Dunkirk. 2,977
Danzig (2) * 1902 built by Blohm & Voss AG, Hamburg | ex- Therapia built for Deutsche Levante Linie, 1906 sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen not renamed, 1913 sold to Baltischer Lloyd, Libau renamed Baltika, 1914 taken over by Russian Navy and rebuilt as hospital vessel, 1914 scuttled at Libau, 1915 taken over by Germany, 1915 salved and repaired renamed Therapia, 1916 renamed Sperrbrecher 2, 1918 returned to NDL, 1919 reverted to Libau renamed Baltika, 1920 sold to Hugo Stinnes, 1922 purchased by Reederei Artus, Danzig renamed Danzig, 1926 to AG Hugo Stinnes und Seeschiffahrt und Handel, 1930 scrapped. 3,781
Holm * 1902 built by Furness, Withy & Co., West Hartlepool | ex- Badenia built for Hapag, 1914 laid up at Hamburg, 1917 in service for German Imperial Navy, 1919 ceded to Great Britain, 1921 purchased renamed Holm, 1926 transferred to Hapag, 1929 scrapped. 6,416
Olivia 1921 built by Bremer Vulkan AG, Vegesack | Ordered by Hugo Stinnes during WW I, 1921 completed as Olivia for Artus, 1926 to AG Hugo Stinnes und Seeschiffahrt und Handel, 1939 laid up at Massawa, 1941 scuttled by own crew. 7,885

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