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Hamburg Passenger Lists – 1881-1952

View of a Portion of the Free Port of Hamburg ca. 1912.

View of a Portion of the Free Port of Hamburg ca. 1912. GGA Image ID # 1755d2cb84

Hamburg is a major transport hub in Northern Germany and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. Hamburg became a city-state within the North German Confederation (1866–71), the German Empire (1871–1918) and during the period of the Weimar Republic (1919–33).

Due to page size constraints, we have arbitrarily paginated our Hamburg Passenger Lists Listings into 8 Pages


View of Hamburg Harbour ca. Early 1900s.

View of Hamburg Harbour ca. Early 1900s. GGA Image ID # 175607cbeb

Hamburg is the port of arrival and departure for steamers of the Hamburg-American Line. First and second class passengers by these steamers are landed at Cuxhaven, at the mouth of the River Elbe, about 2 1/2 or 3 hours' journey by a special train that leaves on steamer's arrival passengers to the Venloer station in Hamburg.

The Customs officials pass all baggage of such passengers in the steamship company's waiting room at Cuxhaven. The Bahnhof (railway station) at Hamburg is situated about a mile from the Alster, on the banks of which the top hotels are located.

Busy Scene in Hamburg Harbour ca. Early 1900s.

Busy Scene in Hamburg Harbour ca. Early 1900s. GGA Image ID # 1756329d8d

The Hamburg America Line built a large ocean liner terminal at Cuxhaven in 1900. Connected directly to Hamburg by a dedicated railway line and station, it served as the major departure point for German and European emigrants until 1969 when ocean liner travel ceased.

Hamburg experienced its fastest growth during the second half of the 19th century, when its population more than quadrupled to 800,000 as the growth of the city's Atlantic trade helped make it Europe's second largest port.

With Albert Ballin as its director, the Hamburg-America Line became the world's largest transatlantic shipping company around the start of the 20th century. Shipping companies sailing to South America, Africa, India and East Asia were based in the city.

Hamburg was the departure port for most Germans and Eastern Europeans to emigrate to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Trading communities from all over the world established themselves here.

Another Busy Scene at the Hamburg Docks ca. Early 1900s.

Another Busy Scene at the Hamburg Docks ca. Early 1900s. GGA Image ID # 17566841a5

The Port of Hamburg Passenger Lists are Organized by Date, Steamship Line, Steamship or Ocean Liner, Class of Passengers (Saloon, First, Second, Cabin, Single Class, Tourist, Third or Steerage) and the route of the voyage.

The listing may also contain other voyages that Terminated or stopped at the Port of Hamburg. Each Passenger List contains Steamship Line, Steamship, Class of Passengers, Date of Departure, Route and Commander. Some Ships Lists also contain Notes.

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