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Prinzessin Victoria Luise

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German cruise ship Prinzessin Victoria Luise, from a 1901 cover of Scientific American.
NamePrinzessin Victoria Luise
NamesakePrincess Victoria Louise of Prussia, daughter of the Wilhelm II of Germany
OwnerHamburg America Line (1900–06)
Port of registryHamburg, Germany
BuilderBlohm + Voss
FateRan aground in December 16 1906 in Jamaica, sunk by Tsunami in 1907.
General characteristics
Class and typeCruise ship
Length137.7 m
Beam14.33 m
Draught9.144 m

The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was a German cruise ship belonging to the shipping company Hamburg America Line.

It was named in honor of Victoria Louise of Prussia, daughter of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. The ship is considered by many to be the "First cruise ship",[1] because its use was limited to trips in the Caribbean and the Antilles.

Hamburg America Line's – Piers 2 and 3 in Hoboken, New Jersey with Prinzessin Victoria Luise on Pier 3 and Auguste Victoria on Pier 2.

She ran aground off the Jamaican Coast on December 16, 1906[2] and a year later, she sank in a Seaquake (Caused by the 1907 Kingston earthquake).[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. The History of the World’s First Cruise Ship Built Solely for Luxurious Travel: At the turn of the 20th century, a German Jewish shipping executive had an innovative idea for a new revenue stream: the cruise. by Daryl Austin, SMITHSONIANMAG.COM, JULY 22, 2021.
  2. "VICTORIA LUISE WRECK TALE.; Vessel Was Entering Kingston Harbor -- Rescue of the Passengers". The New York Times. 29 December 1906. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  3. "S/S Prinzessin Victoria Luise, Hamburg America Line". Norway-Heritage. Retrieved 20 March 2022.