Cutaway model with steerage class
C. J. H. Fedeler, Painting of the „BREMEN“, 1844

The full-rigged ship "BREMEN" (1843 - 1850)

The full-rigged ship "BREMEN" was built as a whaler at Rickmers shipyard in Bremerhaven. In 1843 it was delivered to the South Seas Fishing Company in Bremen. The whaling business was not very profitable, however, and so, from 1847  the "BREMEN" was used as a passenger and freight ship on the Bremerhaven - New York route, also acting as an emigrant ship.

To make it suitable for emigrant transport a 1.70 meter high 'tweendeck was built in the storage room. Up to five emigrants slept in two wooden bunk berths. The journey took around  six weeks, and in bad weather easily twice that.

Technical data



R. C. Rickmers shipyard, Bremerhaven

Year of construction:



South seas whaling, later passenger and freight transport  


Full rigging

Building material:

Wood, copper underwater hull


62,51 meters


9,26 meters

Deadweight tonnage:

350 "Roggenlast" = 350 tonnes


Sold to a company in  Antwerp in 1850.