SS Eider Archival Collection


Express Steamer SS Eider (1884) of the North German Lloyd.

Express Steamer SS Eider (1884) of the North German Lloyd. Norddeutscher Lloyd History and Organization, 1908. GGA Image ID # 1ddb4ef00b



Eider (1884) North German Lloyd

Built by John Elder & Co., Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 4,719. Dimensions: 430' x 47'. Propulsion: Single-screw, 17 knots. Compound engines. Masts and Funnels: Four masts and two funnels. Additional Features: Iron hull. Maiden voyage: Bremen-Southampton-New York, March 17, 1884. Fate: Lost by stranding on the Isle of Wight, January 31, 1892, with no loss of life. The wreck was subsequently broken up for scrap. Sister ship: Ems.


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Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS Eider for the North German Lloyd, Departing on Wednesday, 1 January 1890 from Bremen to New York.

1890-01-01 SS Eider Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List for the SS Eider for the North German Lloyd, Departing on Wednesday, 1 January 1890 from Bremen to New York, Commanded by Captain H. Baur.


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Front Cover of 1889 Brochure from North German Lloyd "Short Route to London via Southampton and the Continent."

1889 - North German Lloyd - Short Route to London

Brochure prepared by the New York Agents of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen Steamship Line in 1889 - The year of the Paris Exhibition. As a convenient pocket-size guide, the brochure provided a lot of useful information about the Norddeutcher Lloyd, their fleet and accommodations for First and Second Cabin passengers. Featured Ships: Lahn, Eider, Trave, Aller, Ems, Fulda, Saale, Werra, and the Elbe.


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Back Cover, SS Eider Passenger List, 1 January 1890.

Back Cover, SS Eider Passenger List, 1 January 1890. GGA Image ID # 1e678163d1


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Front Cover and Spine, Passenger Ships of the World, Past and Present by Eugene W. Smith, 1963.

Passenger Ships of the World - 1963

Passenger Ships of the World, 1963, represents an incredible resource covering passenger ships that are Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific, Trans-Pacific via Panama Canal, Latin American, Africa and the Eastern Oceans, and California-Hawaii.


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The Launching of the SS Eider - 1883

On 15 December 1883, Messrs. John Elder & Co. launched from their shipbuilding yard at Fairfield, Govan, an iron screw steamship of about 5,200 tons gross register for the North German Lloyd Co., of Bremen.

The vessel is intended for their Bremen and New York Line and is of the following dimensions:—Length, 450 ft.; breadth, 47 ft.; depth, 30 ft. 3 in.; and will be fitted with a set of the builders' compound engines, of the inverted cylinder type, having two low-pressure cylinders 86 in. diameter, with a stroke of 5 ft. Steam will be supplied by six double-ended boilers, with six furnaces in each, and the engines, it is expected, will develop 6,000 H.P.

The vessel will be classed the highest grade of the Bureau Veritas and has several extras over their requirements, such as iron lower and orlop decks, and additional watertight bulkheads.

The upper deck is of teak, and all the deck houses are of iron and teak. The strongly constructed iron turtle decks are placed at both ends of the ship to protect the vessel from the heavy Atlantic seas.

The vessel, when completed, will have accommodation for 170 first class, 90 second class, and 1,100 third class passengers, besides ample accommodation for the ship's officers and crew, 175 in number.

The ventilation has received particular attention. The outfit for the vessel is complete, with all the latest improvements, having Napier Brothers' patent steam windlass, steam and hand capstans, steam and hand steering gear, steam hold pumps, steam Dowton pumps for fire and wash deck purposes, freshwater condensers, iron lifeboats, in fact, all that will ensure the safety of the ship at sea, working of cargo, and the comfort of the passengers.

She is to be rigged with four pole masts of iron, with yards on the foremast as the vessel left the ways she was named the Eider by Lady Emily Fitzmaurice.

"Eider," in The Marine Engineer, 1 January 1884, p. 282.


The SS Eider Official Trial Trip - 1884

On March 13th, the North German Lloyd's new steamer Eider, built by Messrs. John Elder & Co., Glasgow, had her official trial trip. She runs from the Cloch Light to the Cambrae Light and back again in a heavy sea, the outward trip being made at the turn of 17.1 knots and the homeward trip at a speed of 17.8.

The highest speed of the engines, which was got on the return journey, was 66 per minute, and their greatest power was 6970 IUP. She is a vessel of 6270 tons gross and measures 400 ft. by 47 ft. by 30 ft, 3 in.; she has accommodation for 170 first-class, 160 second-class, and nearly 1,100 third-class passengers.

"Eider" in The Marine Engineer, 1 April 1884, p. 25.