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The Fleets

Thingvalla Line / Dampskibs Selskabet Thingvalla

The official name of what became known as the Thingvalla Line was Dampskibs Selskabet Thingvalla. Founded in Copenhagen in 1880, the company commenced Copenhagen - Newcastle - New York sailings and later instituted calls at Christiania (Oslo) and Christiansand. Stettin - New York voyages started in 1885. By 1897 the number of passengers carried by the line dropped dramatically and the company's ships were small and past their prime. In 1898 the company was absorbed into the United Steamship Co of Copenhagen and their ships continued service under the name 'Scandinavian-American Line.'

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) ot the Immigrant Ship web site.

Funnel:
Yellow with white band containing blue star.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Amerika 1872 ex- Celtic, 1893 purchased from White Star Line, renamed Amerika, 1898 scrapped. 3,867
Danmark 1880 ex- Jan Breydel, 1888 purchased from Engels Line, renamed Danmark, 1889 sank in North Atlantic with no lives lost. On 6 April 1889 all passengers and crew saved by the Missouri; some passengers landed at St. Michael's, Azores and the rest at Philadelphia 3,414
Geiser 1882 1888 sunk in collision with Thingvalla; loss of 105 lives. 2,831
Harald 1875 1880-1881 chartered from Dampskibs Selskabet Carl for ten voyages. 1,531
Heimdal 1882 1883-1884 chartered from Dampskibs Selskabet Freja for seven voyages. 2,025
Hekla (1) 1882 1883 sank off Norway. 2,788
Hekla (2) 1884 1898 sold to Scandinavian-American Line. 3,258
Island 1882 1898 sold to Scandinavian-American Line. 2,844
Norge 1881 ex- Pieter De Coninck, 1889 purchased from Engels Line, renamed Norge. 1898 sold to Scandinavian-American Line. 3,310
Thingvalla 1874 1880 purchased from Sejl og Dampskibsselskabet, Copenhagen, 1898 sold to Scandinavian-American Line. 2,524

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