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Hamburg-America Line

Image of ss Amerika (Hamburg-America Line)

Length: 669 ft.
Breadth: 74.3 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 47.8 ft. (depth)
Tonnage: 22,622 (gross)
Engines: Quadruple expansion, 8 cyl. (2) 34" (2) 49" (2) 71" (2) 100" x 63" stroke.
Speed: 18 knots
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Ireland (Yard No. 357)
Launched: April 20, 1905
Maiden Voyage: October 11, 1905 - Hamburg - Dover - New York.
Disposition: 1957-58 (Scrapped).

Port of Registry: Hamburg, Germany
Flag of Registry: Germany
Funnel color: Buff
Company flag: Blue and white, diagonally quartered; yellow shield at center with black anchor and black HAPAG
Signal Letters: R N V D
Wireless call letters: D D R
Details: Steel hull, 2 funnels, 4 masts, twin screws, electric light, wireless.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

April 14, 1912

Eastbound, New York to Hamburg. At 11:20 a.m., transmitted an ice advisory to the U. S. Hydrographic Office (M X G), warning of ice at 41.27N., 50.08W. - 12.5 miles from where the Titanic later sank. This message was heard by Titanic and was transmitted by her to land stations at 1:45 p.m. On April 15th Amerika reported ice at 41.30N., 50.0W.


April 20, 1905


October 11, 1905

Maiden voyage, Hamburg - Dover - New York.

October 6, 1914

First voyage, Hamburg - Boulogne - Southampton - New York.

April 1917

Seized by U. S. Government, renamed America.


Nine trooping voyages U. S. to France.

January 1, 1920

New York - Vladivostok via Panama (arrived April 20); embarked 6,500 troops for Trieste.



June 22, 1921

U. S. Mail Line acquisition. New York - Bremen. First Class 225; Second Class 425; Third Class 1,500.

August 27, 1921

Taken over by U. S. Lines; first voyage New York - Bremen - Danzig.

March 11, 1926

Newport News, VA., serious fire; extensively rebuilt; tonnage 21,329. Cabin Class 835; Tourist Third Cabin 516.

March 1928

New York - Plymouth - Cherbourg - Bremen.

August 25, 1931

Last voyage Hamburg - Southampton - Cherbourg - New York; handed back to U. S. Government; laid up in Chesapeake Bay.


Commissioned as U. S. transport Edmund B. Alexander, extensively refitted; converted to oil; two funnels reduced to one.


As transport, struck mine off Bremerhaven; towed to port.


Laid up, first at Baltimore, then near New York in Hudson River.


Sold to Bethlehem Steel Company, towed from Hudson River to Baltimore, scrapped.


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.