⚓ SS CIMBRIA ⚓
steam ocean liner 1867-1883
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The story ...
The SS Cimbria was a Hammonia class ocean liner of German design. Hammonia is the Latin name for Hamburg, and for Hamburg's patron goddess. Cimbria is the historical name for Jutland, the peninsula that juts out in Northern Europe toward the rest of Scandinavia, forming the mainland part of Denmark
The SS Cimbria was built in 1867 at Greenock, Scotland by Caird & Co. for the Hamburg America Line. The ship was constructed from iron and had two sailing masts affixed on her deck. The Cimbria weighed 3037 gross tons and utilized a two cylinder compound expansion engine fed from five boilers created almost 600 horsepower. The engine generated straight steam which turned a single screw propulsion system and the engine created gases were exhausted through one funnel on the top deck. The ship had a top speed of 12.5 knots. Other ships of the class were able to achieve 13 knots.
There was accommodation for 58-1st, 120-2nd and 500-3rd class passengers. Launched on 21/1/1867, she left Hamburg on her maiden voyage to Southampton and New York on 13/4/1867.
The Cimbria left Hamburg on January 17th 1883 with a total number of 493 persons on board. There were 91 crewmen, 1 French pilot from Le Havre and 401 passengers (most from East-Europe).
The Cimbria collided in dense fog in the night of January 19th in the area of Borkum Island with the British ship Sultan (build 1867, 1881 taken over by Bailey & Leetham in Hull together with her former company Gee & Co, Hull. 1903 transferred with her company Bailey & Leetham to the Wilson Line). The Cimbria's hull had a large gash abreast of the foremast and the Sultan also had a large hole foreward and drifted off into the fog. The Cimbria rapidly sank and as a result of this disaster 437 of Cimbria's 493 persons died and only 56 were rescued by the ships Theta and Diamant (39 survived in lifeboats, 17 in the shrouds of the mast, who's tops were still above sea level after the sinking). Nearly all of the 72 women and 87 children on board were lost.