SS Vaterland (1940)

The Vaterland was ordered by the Hamburg-Amerika Line as the first of three planned liners for North Atlantic service. She had a length of 824-foot (251 m) and measured 41,000 gross tons She was launched in 1940, but she was laid up incomplete at Kuhwerder Hamburg. She was heavily damaged by Allied bombers on 25 July 1943. In 1948 it was decided that she was too damaged to be completed and her wreck was scrapped.[1]

SS Vaterland
SS Vaterland model
Name: Vaterland
Owner: Hamburg-America Line
Port of registry: Hamburg
Route: Hamburg America Line's North Atlantic route
Ordered: Mid 1930's
Builder: Blohm & Voss shipyard
Yard number: 523
Laid down: Between 1936-1937
Launched: 1940
Fate: Destroyed 1943, Scrapped 1948
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tonnage: 41,000 tons
Length: 824 ft (251 m)
Decks: 11
Installed power: Turbo electric engines
Propulsion: Twin Screw
Sail plan: steam
Speed: 24 Knots
Capacity: 354 1st class, 435 tourist class, 533 3rd class


  1. Haws, Duncan. Merchant fleets in profile Vol 4. Patrick Stephens. p. 171. ISBN 0850593972.

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