MS Berlin
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Service: 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.
Particulars: 18,600 tons gross; 590x74x29ft
Builders: WG Armstrong-Whitworth & Co, Newcastle, UK: 1925
Machinery: Burmeister and Wain diesels geared to twin screw;
service speed 16.5 knots
Capacity: 1,557 passengers
(127 first class, 482 second class, 948 third class)
Notes: The first German liner on the North Atlantic after 1939.
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.
1942, May: The Gripsholm makes her first repatriation voyage from New York to Goa, to leave Japanese diplomats and embark American POW's
1949, Dec: 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 Swedish American Line.