Hamburg America Line

Hamburg America Line

The Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt Actien Gesellschaft (HAPAG for short, often referred to in English as Hamburg America Line, sometimes also Hamburg-Amerika Linie or Hamburg Line) was an enterprise established in Hamburg, Germany in 1847 for shipping across the Atlantic Ocean. It soon developed into the largest German, and at times the world's largest shipping company, serving the market created by the German immigration to the United States.

Ports served

In the early years, the Hamburg America Line exclusively connected European ports with North American ports, such as Hoboken, New Jersey or New Orleans, Louisiana. With time, however, the company established lines to all continents.

Notable journeys

* In 1858, its liner ]
* In 1912, its liner , was unable to find a port in Cuba, the United States, or Canada willing to accept the over 950 Jewish refugees on board and had to return to Europe.

Later years

Hamburg America Line lost almost the entirety of its fleet twice, as a result of each of World War I and World War II. In 1970, the company merged with the Norddeutscher Lloyd ("North German Lloyd") of Bremen to establish the current-day Hapag-Lloyd, which itself is owned by TUI AG.

During Prescott Bush's tenure as Director for the company, it came under investigation in the U.S. for Nazi propaganda activities. [ [ BBC - Radio 4 Document - Greenham's Hidden Secret ] ]

ee also

* Holland America Line
* Norwegian America Line
* Scandinavian America Line
* Swedish America Line
* USS "President Lincoln"


External links

* [ The history of the Hamburg-America Line]
* [ Historic photos of Hoboken and Hamburg America Line ports]
* [ Passenger Lists from the Hamburg-Amerika Linie]

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