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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

Steamship Tickets / Passenger Contracts

Deck Plans

HAPAG Office in St. Louis, MO ca 1909

HAPAG Office in St. Louis, MO ca 1909


  • 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


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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