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In The Third Class to North America, 1938 Brochure - Hamburg-America Line

German Language Version / Deutsche Sprachversion

In der Dritten Klasse nach Nordamerika - 1938

This is a well preserved brochure that was published prior to the beginning of the European conflict that became World War II. Superb photography makes this an excecptional record of the Third Class accommodations on the steamships Deutschland, New York, Hamburg and the Hansa.


not only ships are the pride of the HAMBURG-AMERICAN LINE

To entrust their passengers to men of unsurpassed seamanship has always been a tradition of the Hamburg-American Line. Years of hard work under all conditions have produced a body of officers and men to whom the honour of the Line is their own and whose motto is the motto of the Hapax: "The safety and welfare of the passengers."

A Navigation Officer is Checking the Current Postion of the Ship

Merchant Marine Sailers of the Hamburg-Amerika Linie

Flag of the Hapag flying at the Masthead

The flag of the Hapag flying at the masthead is the sign of a happy voyage

Day by day when crossing the North Atlantic on the Hapag ships of the "Hamburg" class you feel this care and consideration for the welfare of the passengers. From the moment you leave the home port until the skyline of New York looms on the horizon, you are the spoiled guest of the Company, the pivot around which the life and work of the whole great ship revolve.

Between the time of departure and arrival lie days of rest and relaxation, the thrill of sea travel on a liner pulsating with life and racing through the waves, obedient to every touch of the helm.

The Hapag service in the North Atlantic is not an occasional service subject to weather or season. Week in week out, every Thursday, with the regularity of clockwork, a ship of the "Hamburg" class sails from Hamburg and another leaves New York. The "New York," the "Hamburg," the "Deutschland," the "Hansa" and the "St. Louis" are the ships comprising the North Atlantic fleet of the Hamburg-American Line.

These huge ocean liners have a length of about 680 feet from stem to stern and a displacement of about 22,000 tons (the " St.Louis" has 17,000 tons). Their mighty hulls tower seven stories high as the passenger steps aboard to enter upon a voyage of delight (in comfort and pleasant company and amid the ever-changing wonders of the sea).


Officers on Watch on the Bridge

The watch on the bridge never ceases

Third Class Passengers Relaxing on the Deck

When you cross the sea you leave worries behind

Life on board, from morning till night, offers everything in the way of games and entertainments that makes for a pleasant day. The rooms and saloons are bright and cheerful, as may be judged from the following pictures. The food leaves nothing to be desired either in variety or quality -- a sample menu is shown on the next page of this booklet -- and the ship's service has only one concern: to ensure the comfort of the passengers.

Chief Chef Abord a Hamburg-Amerika Liner


  • Hamburg Crayfish Soup
  • Boiled Halibut
  • Egg Sauce
  • Roast Loin of Pork
  • Pikante Sauce
  • Buttered Beans
  • Browned Potatoes
  • Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Wafers
  • Holland or Herb Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Coffee or Tea

FOR CHILDREN: Milk Soup at all Meals

Chefs preparing meals in the Galley

The ship's cooks know that sea air gives one an appetite and accordingly provide most excellent fare.

Comfort and good taste are the outstanding characteristics of the Third Class public rooms.

Third Class Dining Room

Third Class Dining Room

The Chief Engineer Inspect the Boilers

The chief engineer inspects the boilers

The navigating officer checks the course

The navigating officer checks the course

The course is determined at the chart table

The course is determined at the chart table

The wireless officer distributes the latest news

The wireless officer distributes the latest news

Safely, punctually and regularly the "Hamburg" ships cross the Atlantic

Safely, punctually and regularly the "Hamburg" ships cross the Atlantic

Third Class Smoking Room Bar

Third Class Smoking Room Bar

Passengers Relaxing in the Smoking Room

Here the passenger is as comfortably installed as on land

Third Class Ladies Parlour

Third Class Ladies Parlour

View of the Third Class Children's Dining Area

and the children also find that pleasant accommodation has been provided for them

Sea Gulls - The Sailors of the Sky

Sea-gulls, the sailers of the air, aceompany the ship on its journey

Passengers enjoying an evening of dancing

Some like to join the company on the dance floor, whilst others prefer their own company on deck

Space has also been reserved for the ehildren's games

Space has also been reserved for the ehildren's games

The Lounge and the dance floor

The Lounge and the dance floor

Third Class cabin with Two Berths

The Third Class cabins are comfortably furnished. Running water and good lighting at nights are among the many convcniences provided.

View of the Ship's Chapel and Alter

The Ship's Altar

Passengers on the Deck view the New York Skyline

When the skyscrapers of New York appear in the distance, every Third Class passenger will be able to confirm that travelling is indeed a pleasure on the ships of the HAMBURG-AMERICAN LINE

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