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SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse - Ephemera Collection

SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen (North German Lloyd).

SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen (North German Lloyd). Cassiers Magazine, January 1898. GGA Image ID # 1d76298aed

Ephemera for the SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse available at the GG Archives. Ephemera includes passenger lists, photographs, and menu covers.

Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) North German Lloyd

Built by "Vulkan", Stettin, Germany. Tonnage: 14,349. Dimensions: 627' x 66' (648' o.l.). Twin-screw, 22 1/2 knots. Triple expansion engines; 14 boilers; 104 furnaces. Two masts and four funnels. Launched March 4, 1897. Displacement of 23,760 tons. Coal Consumption: To obtain 22 1/2 knots she consumed 22 tons of coal per hour. Passengers: 332 first, 343 second, 1,074 third. Maiden voyage: Bremen-Southampton-New York, September 19, 1897, doing the crossing in the record time of 5 days, 22 hours, 45 minutes. Best days' run was 580 nautical miles. Pier Fire: Involved in the great dock fire at Hoboken, June 30, 1900, but managed to be towed away from the blazing piers, thus escaping damage. WW1 Service: Fitted out as a commerce raider at beginning of First World War. Fate: She was destroyed by the gunfire of the British cruiser Highflyer at Rio de Oro (Spanish Colony), August 27, 1914. Running mates: Kronprinz Wilhelm, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kronprinzessin Cecilie.

SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) North German Lloyd. Original Photo by Daniel Chiswick.

SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) North German Lloyd. Original Photo by Daniel Chiswick. GGA Image ID # 1d78bdf15b

1901-02-19 Passenger Manifest for the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse

1901-02-19 SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 19 February 1901
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain H. Engelbart
1901-08-13 Passenger Manifest for the SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse

1901-08-13 SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 13 August 1901
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Cherbourg and Southampton
  • Commander: Captain Högemann
1903-06-30 Passenger Manifest for the SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse

1903-06-30 SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 30 June 1903
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain O. Cüppers

 

View of Smoking Room on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Gross of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen (North German Lloyd) circa 1900.

View of Smoking Room on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Gross of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen (North German Lloyd) circa 1900. Detroit Publishing Company Photochrome. Library of Congress LC # 2002720828. GGA Image ID # 1d6f886bb2

First Class Reading Room on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd.

First Class Reading Room on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd. GGA Image ID # 1d7671a7ce

First Class Community Room on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen.

First Class Community Room on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen. GGA Image ID # 1d772a054a

First Class Dining Saloon on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd.

First Class Dining Saloon on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd. GGA Image ID # 1d7743e808

The Fight Between the SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse and the SS Highflyer on 26 August 1914 Viewed From the Highflyer.

The Fight Between the SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse and the SS Highflyer on 26 August 1914 Viewed From the Highflyer. Painting by Norman Wilkinson. Library of Congress LC # 2004671800. GGA Image ID # 1d76471689

Express Steamer Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse of the North German Lloyd.

Schnelldampfer Kaiser Wilhelm der Große Norddeutscher Lloyd. Länge 197 m, Breite 20,1 m, Tiefgang 8,69m, 2 Maschinen von zuszmmen 28,000 P.H. Geschwindigkeit durchachnittlich 23 Seemeilen. Express Steamer Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse of the North German Lloyd. Length 197 m, width 20.1 m, draft 8.69 m, 2 Machines with a total of 28,000 HP. Average speed 23 knots. Postcard ca 1910. GGA Image ID # 1d76dada48

Dinner Menu Cover, 1901, from the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the North German Lloyd.

Dinner Menu Cover, 1901, from the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the North German Lloyd. Version A. GGA Image ID # 1d77a2111f

Dinner Menu Cover, 1901, from the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd.

Dinner Menu Cover, 1901, from the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd. Version B. GGA Image ID # 1d77ad7eed

Dinner Menu Cover, 1901, from the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen.

Dinner Menu Cover, 1901, from the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897) of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen. Version C. GGA Image ID # 1d77bc6a01

Poster from the Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Featuring the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, ca 1903.

Poster from the Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Featuring the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, ca 1903. Painting by Themistokles von Eckenbrecher (1842-1921). GGA Image ID # 1d7820044c

Passengers Gather on the Promenade Deck of the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897).

Passengers Gather on the Promenade Deck of the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897). Cassier's Magazine, January 1898. GGA Image ID # 1d785ea8a6

First Cabin Pantry on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897).

First Cabin Pantry on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897). Cassier's Magazine, January 1898. GGA Image ID # 1d787260d7

View of a Kitchen on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897). Cassier's Magazine, January 1898.

View of a Kitchen on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (1897). Cassier's Magazine, January 1898. GGA Image ID # 1d787844cc

Ephemera contained in the GG Archives collection represent the souvenirs provided to the passengers of each voyage. Many of these souvenir ephemeral items have disappeared over the years.

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