||Bremerhaven to New York,
occasionally via Southampton, UK, and/or Halifax, Canada.
In later years annual sailing to Quebec City and Montreal;
also cruising from New York and Bremerhaven.
||18,600 tons gross; 590x74x29ft
||WG Armstrong-Whitworth & Co, Newcastle,
||Burmeister and Wain diesels geared to
service speed 16.5 knots
(127 first class, 482 second class, 948 third class)
||The first German liner on the North Atlantic
|A brief history
|1924, 26 Nov:
||Launched as The Gripsholm
|1925, 7 Nov:
||Delivered to SAL
|1925, 21 Nov:
||Maiden voyage, Gothenburg-New York
|1939, 24 Nov:
||Last sailing from Gothenburg before being
laid up until used as a repatriation ship.
||The Gripsholm makes her first repatriation
voyage from New York to Goa, to leave Japanese diplomats and embark
||Rebuilt and equipped with modern navigation
instruments, broader funnels and a reduced passenger capacity from
1,557 to 976.
|1954, 1 Feb:
||Begins sailing for the Bremen-America
Line (a partnership of SAL and NDL), retaining her Gripsholm
identity. Bremerhaven-New York service.
|1955, 8 Jan:
||Maiden sailing as Berlin for Norddeutscher
Lloyd, Bremerhaven-New York service.
|1966, 26 Nov:
||Arrived at La Spezia, Italy, for scrapping;
sold to the shipbreakers for £223,000.
Find out more about the Berlin's original identity as
the Gripsholm at Lars Hemingstam's comprehensive tribute site to the