SS Gneisenau (1935)

SS Gneisenau was a 18,160 GRT Norddeutscher Lloyd ocean liner that was launched and completed in 1935. Like several other German ships of the same name, she was named after the Prussian Generalfeldmarschall and military reformer August Neidhardt von Gneisenau (1760–1831).

SS Gneisenau
Nazi Germany
Namesake: August Neidhardt von Gneisenau
Owner: Norddeutscher Lloyd
Builder: Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG
Launched: 1935
Fate: Sunk 2 May 1943
Notes: Refloated 12 July 1950 and scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 18,160 GRT
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)

Gneisenau was the second of three sister ships built for NDL. DeSchiMAG in Bremen built Gneisenau.

Gneisenau was launched in Bremen on 17 May 1935.[1]

Gneisenau's maiden voyage began on Friday 3 January 1936.[2]

Until the outbreak of World War II, she worked NDL's express service between Bremen and the Far East. At 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)[3] she was among the fastest ships on the route.[4]

On 2 May 1943, Gneisenau was mined in the Baltic Sea, capsized, and sank. The wreck was raised on 12 July 1950 and scrapped in Denmark.[5]


  1. "Malaya Tribune, 18 May 1935, Page 12" Check |url= value (help).
  2. "Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser". 31 Dec 1935. p. 1. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. Harnack 1938, p. 549.
  4. Talbot-Booth 1942, p. 405.
  5. "SS Gneisenau (+1943)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 22 June 2015.

Sources and further reading

  • Harnack, Edwin P (1938) [1903]. All About Ships & Shipping (7th ed.). London: Faber and Faber. p. 549.
  • Rothe, Claus (1987). Deutsche Ozean-Passagierschiffe 1919 bis 1985. Berlin: VEB Verlag für Verkehrswesen. ISBN 3-344-00164-7.
  • Talbot-Booth, E.C. (1942) [1936]. Ships and the Sea (7th ed.). London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd. pp. 405, 518.

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