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Prinz Adalbert

Hamburg-America Line

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Length: 403.3 ft.
Breadth: 49.2 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 27.1 ft (depth)
Tonnage: 6,030 tons (gross); 3,797 tons (net)
Engines: Quadruple expansion, 8 cyl. 181/2", 263/8", 38-3/5" x 411/4" stroke.
Speed: 13 knots
Builder: Bremer Vulkan Schiffbau & Machinen Fabrik, Grohn-Vegesack, Germany (Yard no. 452)
Launched: August 21, 1902
Maiden Voyage: January 20, 1903
Disposition: September 6, 1917 - Near Ushant, France: Torpedoed, sunk by German submarine UC-50.

Port of Registry: Hamburg, Germand
Flag of Registry: German
Funnel color: Buff
Company flag: Blue and white, diagonally quartered; yellow shield in center with black anchor with H A P A G.
Signal Letters: R M S N
Wireless call letters: D D Z
Details: Accommodation: 60 first class, 1,200 third class; Steel hull; 2 funnels, 2 masts; twin screws; 3 decks; electric light; submarine signal; wireless.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Westbound, Hamburg to Philadelphia. On Tuesday, April 16, sighted ice at 3:30 a.m., 42.03N., 48.57W. At daybreak saw a huge field of ice containing many large bergs, extending in a horseshoe shape from north to south as far as the eye could see.

The vessel altered her course to the south around 8 a.m., seeking a way through the ice. At 8:40 a.m. a suitable spot was found and the ship proceeded slowly through the ice field from 8:45 to 9:55 a.m., and gained open water at 10 a.m., and took up her true course, S85°W, at 41.37N., 50.14W.'

During the transit of the ice field, the chief steward took a photograph of an iceberg that showed a scar of red paint along its base, as though it had been in recent collision with a ship.


August 21, 1902


January 20, 1903

Maiden voyage, Hamburg- Brazil


Genoa-Naples-New York





August 1914

Seized by Great Britain at Falmouth


Renamed Princetown


French owners (Cie Sud Atlantique). Renamed Alesia. Reconditioned in England

September 6, 1917

Near Ushant, France: Torpedoed, sunk by German submarine UC-50

' Prinz Adalbert was but one of several ships to sight "the" iceberg suspected of sinking Titanic. For an excellent discussion of ice and Titanic see Dr. Paul Lee's "RMS Titanic: Navigation and Ice Reports" at www. paullee.com/titanic/ice.html


John P. Eaton. Used with permission.