SS Eider Passenger Lists 1890
All Digitized Passenger Lists For the SS Eider Available at the GG Archives. Listing Includes Date Voyage Began, Steamship Line, Vessel, Passenger Class and Route.
- Steamship Line: Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd)
- Class of Passengers: Cabin
- Date of Departure: 1 January 1890
- Route: Bremen to New York
- Commander: Captain H. Baur
Passenger Lists contained in the GG Archives collection represent the souvenir list provided to the passengers of each cabin class (and other classes). Many of these souvenir passenger lists have disappeared over the years. Our collection contains a sampling of what was originally produced and printed by the steamship lines.
Express Steamer "Eider" (1884) of the North German Lloyd. Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, History and Organization, 1908, p. 27. GGA Image ID # 1d1862c502
The first express steamer of the Norddeutscher Lloyd was the "Elbe", which was commissioned for service in 1881. The first express steamer captain of the Lloyd was Chr. Leist, who made five voyages on the "Elbe" in 1881.
The "Elbe" was followed at short intervals by the "Werra" and the "Fulda" and in 1883 the Lloyd was able to open with these and the fastest of the older ships a regular weekly express service between Bremen and New York, by which the duration of the voyage to and from New York was reduced to from 8 to 9 days.
The type of these steamers ("Elbe", "Fulda", "Werra", "Eider", "Ems", "Aller", "Trave", "Saale") represented a progress over the type of steamers thereto fore employed in the passenger service, as, in addition to greater speed, the materially improved passenger accommodation greatly increased the comfort of travel.
The removal to amidships of the first class accommodation from the after part, which from the time of sailing boats had been considered the best location, the construction of a long midship house on the upper deck with a promenade deck over it, the fitting up of a dining saloon on the main deck, extending the full width of the ship, and the artistic decoration throughout, constituted an advance which characterized the express steamers of the Norddeutscder Lloyd as a new type that was followed in the construction of other express steamers until the end of the 'Nineties.
After the capital of the company had been raised to m 15,000,000 by a loan, two new express steamers, the "Eider" and the "Ems", which had a speed of 17 knots, were placed in the North American service.
Two years later the sister-ships "Aller", "Trave" and "Saale", running 18 knots an hour, were added, and during the years 1S87 to 1890 four more Express steamers — "Lahn", "Kaiser Wilhelm II." (later on called "Hohenzollen" ), "Spree" and "Havel" were built. These latter four were the first express steamers built in Germany, and were constructed by the "Vulcan" Shipyard at Steltin.
"The Express Steamers of the Norddeutscher Lloyd," Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, History and Organization, 1908, pp. 59-60.