S.S. Columbia - Auxiliary Sail Passenger Steamship


S.S. Columbia - Auxiliary Sail Passenger Steamship

The Hamburg-American Lines’ “S.S. Columbia” was built by Laird Bros., Ltd., Birkenhead, England in 1898. She attained a speed of 20.5 knots during trials.
Tonnage: 7,383.
Dimensions: 463' x 55' (480' o.l.).
Twin-screw, 18 knots. Triple expansion engines.
Three masts and three funnels. Steel hull. She was a steamer with auxilliary sails.
She carried 220 First Class passengers, 120 Second Class passengers and 800 Third Class passengers.
Her master was Captain H. Vogelgesang, appointed to the shipping line in 1879 and to the ship in 1889.
“S.S. Columbia” was sold to the Spanish Government in 1898 and renamed “Rapido.” After the Spanish-American War, she was put back in the Hamburg-American Line service. She was sold to the Russian Volunteer Fleet in 1904 and scrapped in 1907.

“It can be appropriately said of the new and magnificent steamship Columbia, of the Hamburg Line, that she is a "gem of the ocean." The accounts of her remarkably fast runs continue to be published in leading journals at home and abroad...”
Source: Ocean: Magazine of Travel, Vol. III, No. 2, September 1889, Page 42
Information from various sources including Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping.


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