„KAISER WILHLEM DER GROSSE“, Photo 1900
Cutaway model with steerage class
Model „KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE“

The express steamer "KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE" (1897 - 1914)

On its maiden voyage on May 4, 1897 the "KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE" was the largest ship in the world. Six months later it won the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic crossing. The four-stacker steamer was a cross between a luxury liner for rich tourists and a means of transport for emigrants. In winter 1913/14 it was turned into a ship solely for emigration.

The First and Second Class cabins on "KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE" were nearly all on the upper deck. Steerage class passengers slept in dormitories with bunk berths. The two bunk beds were 1.80 meters long and about 50 centimeters wide. There was also a separate dining room for steerage class passengers.

Technical data

 

Shipyard:

AG Vulcan, Stettin

Year of construction:

1897

Use:

Passenger and freight transport

Shipping company:

Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen

Length:

197,7 meters

Breadth:

20,13 meters

Gross tonnaget:

14.349 Gross register tonnes

Passengers:

Ist Class: 340, 2nd Class: 346, steerage class: 1074

Present
whereabouts:

Intercepted by a British cruiser, the "HIGHFLYER", on August 26, 1914 by  Rio del Oro. Sunk by its own crew after shooting all its own munitions.