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11,850 gross 1913 at Stettin by AG Vulcan Scandinavian America Line 523.5ft x 62.3ft 
 1913 May 27, launchedAtlantic Journey ID 5200
 1914 Kristiania - New York   
 1914 Feb. 5, left Copenhagen on her maiden voyage to Christiania (Oslo), Christiansand and New York, had to call at Ponta Delgada on the Azores for bunkering, due to an unstipulated large coal consumption on Feb. 17Atlantic Journey ID 5201
 1915 Kristiania - New York   
 1916 Kristiania - New York   
 1917 March 12, arrived to Copenhagen from New York carrying the German ambassador to the USA, was laidAtlantic Journey ID 5203
 1917 Kristiania - New York   
 1918 Nov. 23, chartered to the British Govt., made five trips Wermünde/Lübeck/Stettin-Hull with about 7500 British prisoners of warAtlantic Journey ID 5204
 1919 March 18, returned to service, from this date she only called at Christiansand on the return trip from New York to ChristianiaAtlantic Journey ID 5205
 1919 Kristiania - New York   
 1919 Oct. 31, arrived at Philadelphia instead of New York, and left Philadelphia on Nov. 8, for ChristiansandAtlantic Journey ID 5206
 1920 Kristiania - New York   
 1920 August, fitted with Anschütz gyro-compass, automatic pilot and course recorder, as the first commercial ship to have such navigation aids. The automatic pilot was connected to the steering wheel by means of a bicycle chainAtlantic Journey ID 5202
 1921 Kristiania - New York   
 1922 Kristiania - New York   
 1923 Kristiania - New York   
 1924 From 1924 occasionally, and from 1928 until 1932 she regularly called at HalifaxAtlantic Journey ID 5207
 1924 Kristiania - New York   
 1924 July - Aug, sailed 2 voyages to Copenhagen - London in connection with the British Commonwealth Exibition at Wembley, anchored in the Thames. Atlantic Journey ID 5212
 1924 Aug. 23, collided with the S/S Royal Fusilier of Leith in the ThamesAtlantic Journey ID 5213
 1924 Oct. 15, departed Copenhagen for Mediterranean cruise, Lissabon - Barcelona - Monaco - Genoa - Naples - Palermo - Algiers - Gibraltar - Copenhagen, among the passengers was the Danish Crown prince FrederikAtlantic Journey ID 5214
 1925 Oslo - New York   
 1925 November, accommodation altered to cabin and 3rd class onlyAtlantic Journey ID 5208
 1929 October, refitted to cabin, tourist and 3rd classAtlantic Journey ID 5209
 1930 Nov. 21, hull damaged by a underwater rock while leaving Copenhagen, after discovering leaks the ship returned to Copenhagen on Nov. 22, passengers and cargo transferred to the Hellig OlavAtlantic Journey ID 5218
 1935 Nov. 22, started her last voyage from Copenhagen for Oslo, Christiansand, New York (dep Dec. 7), Christiansand, Oslo and Copenhagen.Atlantic Journey ID 5210
 1936 Nov 11, sold to The Hughes Bolckow Shipbreaking Co. for scrapping at BlythAtlantic Journey ID 5211
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 Frederik VIII
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S/S Frederik VIII
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The Frederik VIII was built by Vulcan Stettiner Maschinenbau A.G., Stettin (no. 332) in 1913 for the (DFDS) Scandinavian American Line. At the delivery she was the largest Scandinavian ship. Her tonnage was 11,850 tons gross, 7,630 dead weight. She had a length of 159.55m x beam 18,99m (523.5ft x 62.3ft). She had 2 decks and awning deck, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 17 knots. There was accommodation for 121 first class, 259 second class and 881 third class passengers. She had a crew of 245.

[North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.1241][DFDS 1866-1991 by Søren Thorsøe a.o., p. 293]


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