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Hamburg-Amerika Linie

Hamburg Amerika Linie / Hamburg American Line / Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt Actien Gesellschaft (HAPAG)

Hamburg-American Line was one of the major steamship companies to handle the immigrant trade. Their primary routes of Hamburg, Germany to New York via Southampton were supplemented by other vessels that called on the ports of Portland ME, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Galveston and New Orleans, in addition to Canadian ports.

The Hamburg-American Line Piers at Hoboken NJ (NYC) ca 1910

The Hamburg-American Line Piers at Hoboken NJ (NYC) ca 1910

Their early passenger lists featured some of the most intricate and beautiful graphic designs, especially prior to World War One. They are a favorite among collectors who value these passenger lists from the Hamburg American Line for their artwork, instead of their historical value. This unfortunately, makes the pre-1918 passenger lists quite scarce for this steamship line.

Hamburg-American Line or Hamburg-America Line. We are often asked this question - officially, the English branding of this steamship line, based on their published materials was The Hamburg-American Line.

A simple translation from German to English of "Hamburg Amerika Linie" is "Hamburg America Line". Hamburg America Line, while correctly translating the German to English is not correct in referring to steamship line as they intended.

Special Collections of the Hamburg-American Line

Passenger Manifest, SS Cincinnati, Hamburg-American Line, September 1910

Hamburg-American Line Passenger Manifests

Hamburg American Line was one of the major steamship companies to handle the immigrant trade. Their primary route was Hamburg to New York via Southampton.

Brochure Cover, The New Twin Screw Steamship Deutschland of the Hamburg-American Line.

The New Twin Screw Steamship Deutschland - 1924

8-Panel Flyer offers a quick look at the SS Deutschland, a 21,046-ton ship, launched on 28 April 1923 with her maiden voyage on 27 March 1924. Superb interior photographs create a visual feast of this elegant ship of the Hamburg-American Line (HAPAG).

Covers for the 1928 Hamburg American Line Brochure Across the Atlantic - First Class.

HAPAG - Across the Atlantic in First Class - 1928

Outstanding brochure from the Hamburg-American Line captures the opulence of first-class transatlantic travel in the late 1920s. Rare interior photographs of public rooms such as the shopping plaza or promenade make this an excellent booklet.

Main Dining Saloon and Cupola - S.S. Prinzessin Victoria Luise

Vintage Menus from the Hamburg-American Line

Hamburg-American Line Aka: Hamburg Amerika Linie, Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt Actien Gesellschaft (HAPAG). Hamburg American Line was one of the major steamship companies to handle the immigrant trade. Their primary route was Hamburg to New York via Southampton.

Steamship Tickets / Passenger Contracts

Deck Plans

HAPAG Office in St. Louis, MO ca 1909

HAPAG Office in St. Louis, MO ca 1909

Photographs

  • 1908 Book of Photographs - Hamburg-Amerika Linie: Nordland-Fahrten - Inscribed by owner and dated August 2nd to 13th 1908 Norway. Numerous Large (22 x 16.5 cm) photographs of the steamships of the Hamburg-America Line in and around Norwegian ports and fjords. Also includes photographs of the the docs filled with immigrants, tourists and townsfolk alike. Photographs of the Steamships and Interior views are also included in this Incredible record of turn of the century migration from Norway. Approximately 156 photographs in all.

Interior View of the HAPAG Office in St. Louis, MO ca 1909

Interior View of the HAPAG Office in St. Louis, MO ca 1909

Other Documents

Articles

Vintage Magazines (Published by Hamburg-American Line)

Ship Histories and Specification

Other Documents in the Archives In the Queue For Uploading

  • 1901 Photograph: Harbor of New York (Scene) including the SS Deutschland steaming away from the harbor.
  • 1910s (Undated) Large Poster Hamburg-Amerika Linie, Hamburg-New York Doppelschrauben-Schnelldampfer. Oceanfahrt 6 Tage. Nähere Auskunft ertheilt: die Hamburg-Amerika-Linie, Abtheilung Personenverkehr, Hamburg, Dovensieth 18-21.
  • 1930s - Third Class Deck Plan, SS Hamburg (Large Size) Covered Decks B through E and included photographs of Third Class Accommodations: Stateroom, collage of Smoking Room, Dining Room and Veranda Café and Large Photograph of SS Hamburg.
  • 1933-07-27 Program of Social Events, SS New York, Cover Thursday, July 27 through the following Thursday, August 3, 1933. In German and English.
  • 1937-03 Bookmark - Steierische Volksweiss with Song Die Augerlin voll Wasser (My Hear is so Weary).
  • 1937-03 Bookmark - Steierische Volksweiss with Song Du herzigsdjön's Dirndl (Your Glorious Maiden).
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