Cutaway model with steerage class
Model „ELBE“

The express steamer "ELBE" (1881 - 1895)

The "ELBE" was built in 1881 by John Elder & Co. in Glasgow. It made its maiden voyage on April 4, 1881. The "ELBE" was the first express steamer to be operated by Norddeutscher Lloyd and was a popular ship with emigrants on the Bremerhaven - New York route. Voyages were virtually always sold out. Apart from sailing to the USA the  "ELBE" also made three voyages to Australia. The  "ELBE" could carry a total of 1 117 passengers.

The longitudinal section shows life on board the vessel during the crossing. The metal bunk beds of steerage class and the luggage room on the bottom deck can be clearly seen. Steerage class passengers on the "ELBE" ate their meals in the dormitories.

Technical data

 

Shipyard:

John Elder & Co., Glasgow

Year of construction:

1881

Use:

Passenger and freight transport

Shipping company:

Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen

Length:

127,46 meters

Breadth:

13,72 Meter

Gross tonnage:

4.510 Gross register tonnes

Passengers:

Ist Class: 179, 2nd Class: 142, steerage class: 796

Present
whereabouts:

Crashed with the British steamer "CRATHIE" on January 30, 1895 and sank. 332 dead.