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SS Estonia Collection

SS Estonia of the Baltic American Line Shown as the SS Czar (1912).

SS Estonia of the Baltic American Line Shown as the SS Czar (1912). GGA Image ID # 1dde1c7035

Estonia (1912) Baltic American Line (Danish)

Sailed as the SS Estonia from 1921 to 1930

Built by Barclay, Curie & Co., Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 6,516. Dimensions: 425' x 53'. Twin-screw, 16 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Two masts and two funnels. First Libau-New York sailing, in February 1921. Vessel sold to Polish Transatlantic Shipping Company (Gdynia-America Shipping Line) in 1930. Renamed: (a) Pulaski (1930), (b) Empire Penryn (1946). Fate: Broken up by British shipbreakers in 1949. Ex-Czar (1921).

Brief History

The SS Estonia, previously named the SS Czar (Russian American Line), was built in 1912. She was acquired after World War I by the Baltic American Line and offered accommodations for First Class, Cabin, Tourist, and Third Class passengers between the ports of New York, Hamburg, Danzig, and Halifax.

SS Estonia's first voyage to New York was from Glasgow on 11 January 1921. She sailed for the last time under that name on 13 March 1930 from Danzig to New York.



Baltic America Line 1912 Brochure


Baltic America Line Fleet and Services - 1920

The American Tourist seeking rest, recreation, study or new business connections in Europe can therefore not find a more opportune time to go than during next summer, using all the exceptional facilities offered by the "Baltic America Line." Ships Featured: Estonia, Latvia, Lituania, and Polonia.



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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.