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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
3,867 gross 1872 at Belfast by Harland & Wolff Thingvalla Line 437.2ft x 40.9ft x 23.4ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1872  June 8; launched as the Celtic for the White Star LineAtlantic Journey ID 3555
 1872  Oct. 24; maiden voyage Liverpool-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3556
 1883  Broken propeller, towed to Liverpool by BritannicAtlantic Journey ID 3557
 1887  May 19; collided with Britannic 300 miles west of Sandy HookAtlantic Journey ID 3558
 1890  3 voyages Liverpool-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3559
 1891  2 voyages Liverpool-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3560
 1893  Sold to Thingvalla Line, renamed AmerikaAtlantic Journey ID 3561
 1893  Christiania - Christiansand - New York   
 1893  Christiania  May 29  New York  June 11 Copenhagen - Fredrikshavn - Kristiania - Kristiansand - New YorkTransatlantc ID
 1893  Christiania  July 17  New York  July 29 Capt. ThomsenTransatlantc ID
 1893  Christiania  Aug. 28  New York  Sept. 09 Capt. Thomsen. Also reported arrive 1893-09-08Transatlantc ID
 1894  Christiania  Mar. 22  New York  Apr. 06 Capt. Thomsen, reported several heavy storms. 188 Norwegian passengersTransatlantc ID
 1894  Christiania - Christiansand - New York   
 1894  Christiania  May 07  New York  May 19 Capt. ThomsenTransatlantc ID
 1894  Christiania  June 18  New York  June 30 Capt. ThomsenTransatlantc ID
 1894  Laid up in Copenhagen 1894-1897Atlantic Journey ID 3562
 1897  2 voyages Copenhagen-Kristiania-Kristiansand-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3563
 1897  Kristiania - Kristiansand - New York   
 1897  Kristiania - Kristiansand  May 13  New York  May 26 Capt. Thomsen from Kristiania with passengers. Other cargo: 100 barrels of herringTransatlantc ID
 1897  June 5 left New York with 604 tourists. Most of them were to travel by train from Kristiania to the Stockholm for an exhibition.Atlantic Journey ID 4924
 1897  Christiania  Sept. 09  New York  Sept. 23 Capt. Thomsen from Kristiania with passengers and cargo of 195 barrels of fish oil and 177 barrels of mackerelTransatlantc ID
 1898  Broken up at BrestAtlantic Journey ID 3564
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges
S.S. Amerika, Thingvalla Line steamship
The S.S. Amerika (ex. S.S. Celtic of the White Star Line). - Source: Museet for s°fart. - This work is licensed under: CC BY-NC-SA

Thingvalla Line steamships Amerika (on the channel) and the Norge moored at Larsen Plads in Copenhagen.
Thingvalla Line steamships Amerika (on the channel) and the Norge moored at Larsen Plads in Copenhagen.
Larsens Plads was where the Thingvalla Line steamships embarked passengers
and is located between the Amaleienborg Palace and the channel near "Kvesthusbroen".
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Originally laid down as the Arctic but her name was changed to Celtic before she was launched in 1872. She was a 3 867 gross ton ship, 3 754 under deck and 2 439 net. Her details were: 437,2 feet long, 40,9 feet beam and holds 23,4 feet deep. (133,25m x beam 12,46m) She was an iron construction with a single screw. She had 4 masts and was rigged as a bark. 3 decks, 2 of iron and 7 bulkheads. Propulsion: compound engine with 4 inverted cylinders of 41 and 78 inches diameter each pair, stroke 60 inches, 600 horsepower. The engine was built by G. Forrester & Co. in Liverpool. She had a speed of 14 knots. She was purchased by the Danish Thingvalla Line from the White Star Line in 1893, and renamed "Amerika". She departed from Copenhagen on her first voyage for Thingvalla Line on May 27th, called at Fredrikshavn on the 28th, called at Kristiania (Oslo) on the 29th, called at Kristiansand on the 30th and arrived to New York on the 11th of June with 116 cabin and 769 steerage passengers. The company had not reckoned on her heavy coal consumption, also, the number of passengers decreased sharply, and the S/S Amerika only made eight round voyages in four years. On 7th September 1897 she started the last of the eight crossings on this service, and the following year she was scrapped at Brest. The "Morton Allan Directory" lists only four of the eight crossings.

Amerika - Thingvalla Line steamship at Copenhagen
Amerika - Thingvalla Line steamship at Copenhagen
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