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From: E.Finch.< >
Subject: Re: [TSL] SS Wittekind, North German Lloyd Line
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 1998 12:16:51 +0000

Hello Sharon,

The "Wittekind" was a 4,755 gross ton ship, built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
in 1894 for Norddeutscher Lloyd [North German Lloyd] of Bremen. Her details
were - length 383.4ft x beam 46ft, straight stem, one funnel, two masts,
twin screw and a speed of 13 knots. There was accommodation for 174-2nd and
1,366-3rd class passengers.
Launched on 3/2/1894, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Bremen to New
York on 14/4/1894. She made 11 round voyages on this service, the last
commencing 8/8/1895 and on 21/9/1895 was transferred to the Bremen - South
America service. In 1900 she was rebuilt by Wigham Richardson,
Wallsend-on-Tyne to a length of 446ft, 5,640 gross tons.
On 24/2/1906 she commenced her first voyage from Bremen to Baltimore, on
6/4/1911 Bremen - Philadelphia - Galveston and on 16/6/1911 Hamburg - Quebec
- Montreal.
On 14/9/1912 she sailed on her last Bremen - S.America voyage (33 round
voyages), on 2/4/1914 her last Bremen - Philadelphia - Galveston voyage and
on 25/6/1914 started her last Hamburg - Quebec - Montreal sailing (4 round
She sailed from Hamburg on 24/7/1914 for Quebec and Montreal, but because of
the outbreak of the Great War, she diverted to Boston and took refuge there.
In April 1917 she was seized by the US authorities and became the US
Government ship "Iroquois". In 1919 she was renamed "Freedom" and in 1924
was scrapped. [North Atlantic Seaway, vol.2,p.557]

For photographs, try these -

Paul Petersen at - <>

The Mariners Museum at - <

Peabody Essex Museum at - <>;

Steamship Historical Society of America, Langsdale Library, University of
Baltimore, 1420 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21201.


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