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President Lincoln

Hamburg-America Line

Image of ss President Lincoln (Hamburg-America Line)

Length: 619 ft.
Breadth: 68.2 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 33.5 ft.
Tonnage: 32,500
Engines: Two quadruple expansion engines, two shafts
Speed: 14.5 knots
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, (Yard No. 353)
Launched: October 8, 1903
Maiden Voyage:
Disposition: May 31, 1918 - Sunk by U-90.

Port of Registry: Hamburg, Germany
Flag of Registry: German
Funnel color: Buff
Company flag: Blue and white, diagonally quartered; yellow shield at center with black anchor and black HAPAG
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters: D D I
Details: Steel; single funnel; twin screw; six masts


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Referenced by Edward Wilding in his testimony regarding lifeboat capacity on various steamers.


October 8, 1903

Launched by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, (Yard No. 353). The ship was originally to be named Scotian for the Wilsons & Furness-Leyland Line, a joint service of Wilson & Furness and Frederick Leyland's Leyland Line. The Wilsons & Furness-Leyland Line as well as Frederick Leyland's Leyland line were both purchased by IMM in 1901 and the vessel, as well as a sister, the Servian, were cancelled. The incomplete ships were laid up until both were purchased and finished for the Hamburg-America Line (HAPAG) in 1907.

May 14, 1907

Delivered to Hamburg-America line. Named President Lincoln.


Seized by U. S. Government and transferred to the Navy for use as a troop transport.

July 25, 1917

Commissioned as USS President Lincoln.

May 31, 1918

Torpedoed three times and sunk by German submarine U-90, 600 miles off the French coast. Sank within 20 minutes. Twenty-six lost their lives.