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10,666 gross 1913 at Birkenhead by Cammell, Laird & Co. Ltd. NAL - The Norwegian-America Line , Kristiania, Norway 512,1ft x 61.2ft. x 29.4ft 
 1913 April 8; Launched by Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd (Yard No. 787)Atlantic Journey ID 3330
 1913 September; Delivered NALAtlantic Journey ID 3331
 1913 Sept. 25; maiden voyage Christiania-Christiansand-Stavanger-Bergen-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3332
 1913 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1914 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1915 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1916 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1917 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1918 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1919 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1920 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1921 New Tonnage; 10709 gross and 6448 netAtlantic Journey ID 3333
 1921 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1922 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1923 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - New York   
 1924 Kristiania - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Bergen - Halifax - New York   
 1924 July; engine room explosion shortly after leaving Bergen - passengers transferred to other shipsAtlantic Journey ID 3334
 1924 Sept. 26; resumed Christiania-New York sailings after repairsAtlantic Journey ID 3335
 1925 Oslo - Stavanger - Bergen - Halifax - New York   
 1925 Nov.; refitted to carry 367-cabin and 572-3rd class passengersAtlantic Journey ID 3336
 1926 New Tonnage; 11013 gross and 6406 netAtlantic Journey ID 3337
 1927 Sept.; again adapted to carry 90-cabin, 155-tourist and 500-3rd classAtlantic Journey ID 3338
 1932 Fitted with two low-pressure steam turbinesAtlantic Journey ID 3339
 1933 Rebuilt to a tonnage of 11015 tonsAtlantic Journey ID 3340
 1939 Jan.; altered to accommodate cabin and 3rd class onlyAtlantic Journey ID 3341
 1940 April 7; commenced her last voyage from Bergen to New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3342
 1940 April 16; Laid up on arrival New York from OsloAtlantic Journey ID 3343
 1940 Nov.; Converted to troopship at Halifax (total carried 165,000 troops)Atlantic Journey ID 3344
 1946 Feb; Chartered for 1 voyage to carry GI brides from Europe to USAAtlantic Journey ID 3345
 1946 Aug; Sold to Panamanian Lines Inc, renamed "Argentina"Atlantic Journey ID 3346
 1947 Commenced sailings between Genoa and South AmericaAtlantic Journey ID 3347
 1949 Converted to accommodate 126-1st, 250-cabin and 574-tourist class passengersAtlantic Journey ID 3349
 1949 Owners restyled Mediterranean Lines Inc.Atlantic Journey ID 3348
 1949 Sept; commenced her first voyage from Genoa to Central AmericaAtlantic Journey ID 3350
 1951 July 13; first voyage New York-Naples-GenoaAtlantic Journey ID 3351
 1951 Aug.; Genoa-Naples-HalifaxAtlantic Journey ID 3352
 1951 Sept.; Genoa-Naples-Halifax-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3353
 1952 Sold to Home Lines Inc. (Panama)Atlantic Journey ID 3354
 1952 Nov. 26; 1 round voyage New York-HamburgAtlantic Journey ID 3356
 1952 Nov.; last voyage from Naples to Genoa, Lisbon, Halifax and New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3355
 1952 Dec. 20; Last voyage for Home Line, New York-Mediterranean.Atlantic Journey ID 3357
 1953 Sold to Zim Israel Navigation Co. Ltd. (Israel) - renamed "Jerusalem"Atlantic Journey ID 3358
 1953 Sold to the Zim Line - 11 round voyages between Haifa, Limasol, Malta, Cannes Halifax and New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3359
 1957 Renamed "Jerusalem" for Israel/Marseilles serviceAtlantic Journey ID 3360
 1959 Aug; Scrapped at La SpeziaAtlantic Journey ID 3361
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. Bergensfjord, Norwegian America Line steamship
Bergensfjord, Norwegian America Line steamship, photo: A. B. Wilse, 1922. (Source: Nasjonalbiblioteket - License: Public domain, CC BY 4.0)

The steamship Bergensfjord was almost Identical to the Kristianiafjord. This was a 10 666 gross ton ship, 6 475 net., she had two funnels and two masts. She was constructed in steel; twin screws, had 2 steel decks and steel shelter deck, 3rd deck in No. 1,2 & 5 holds, 8 cemented bulkheads. Poop Deck 70 feet long, and Bridge Deck 201 feet long. Forecastle was 108 feet long. She was fitted with wireless and electric light. There was cellular double bottom aft 119 feet long, under engine & boilers 152 feet long, forward 189 ft. long, 1 165 tons. Forward Peak Tank 149 tons, Aft Peak Tank 150 tons, flat keel. Propulsion: quadruple expansion engines with 8 cylinders of 26, 37 , 53 & 75 inches diameter each pair; stroke 51 inches; operating at 220 p.s.i.; 1 469 nominal horsepower; 8 single ended boilers, 32 corrugated furnaces; grate surface 590 sq. ft.; heating surface 23 000 sq. ft.; forced draught. She had a service speed of 15 knots. The engine was built by the same company as the hull. There was passenger accommodation for 100-1st, 250-2nd and 850-3rd class. The Bergensfjord operated as a passenger ship conveying emigrants from Norway to America from 1913 till 1940, but it was also used for sumer cruises. Master appointed to the ship in 1913: Captain Irgens.

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