Up until the mid 20th century the traditional means of transport for emigrants was by ship.

On the following pages some of these emigrant ships are described as an illustration of the development of transatlantic passenger shipping. These generally sailed the route Bremerhaven/New York.

The wooden bark "COLUMBIA" was built  in 1862 in Geestemünde ... more ›

On its maiden voyage on May 4, 1897 the "KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE"... more ›

The sister ships "BREMEN" and "EUROPA" were the most modern express steamers... more ›

Shipping routes of the Nordeutschen Lloyd... more ›