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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
2,524 gross 1873 at Copenhagen, Denamrk by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian America Line 301.5ft x 37.4ft x 21.6ft  
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1873  Built for A/S Sejl- og Dampskibsselskabet af 1873 (F.W. Kiørebo, Copenhagen)Atlantic Journey ID 5035
 1873  Oct. 25, launched, but delivery was delayed till June 20, 1874Atlantic Journey ID 5036
 1874  Her first service was in the East Asian tradeAtlantic Journey ID 5037
 1877  Chartered to Compagnie Générale Transatlantique to replace the Amerique on their passenger and post route between Le Havre and New York. She was in this service for 7 moths before returning to East Asian trade again. Atlantic Journey ID 5038
 1879  May 24, arrived to Burmeister & Wain from BremerhafenAtlantic Journey ID 5039
 1879  Aug. 8, arrived at Thameshaven with live stockAtlantic Journey ID 5040
 1879  Oct 25, departed from Copenhagen on her first voyage with passengers for Thingvalla Line, calling at Newcastle on way to New York where she arrived Nov. 11Atlantic Journey ID 5041
 1880  Mar 9, arrived to Burmeister & Wain for repairsAtlantic Journey ID 5042
 1880  Apr. 14, departed Newcastle - Apr. 24 fell in with a lot of small icebergs just southeast of Nova ScotiaAtlantic Journey ID 5043
 1880  May 7, arrived to Boston requiring repairs after loosing her screw, the passengers proceeded to New York by train, Thingvalla departed Boston May 11, - arrived New York May 13Atlantic Journey ID 5044
 1881  Jan. 31, arrived Kristiansand with leaks after striking an underwater rock in thick snowAtlantic Journey ID 5045
 1882  Jan 23, arrived Burmeister & Wain for repairsAtlantic Journey ID 5046
 1882  Mar. 27, arrived Burmeister & Wain for repairsAtlantic Journey ID 5047
 1883  Jan. 6 - Mar. 30, refitted with new cabins and new deck by Burmeister & WainAtlantic Journey ID 5048
 1884  Aug. 8, arrived Burmeister & Wain for repairsAtlantic Journey ID 5049
 1884  Dec. 23, returned to New York on way to Copenhagen after the cargo had shiftedAtlantic Journey ID 5050
 1885  May 4 - May 16, repairs at Burmeister & WainAtlantic Journey ID 5051
 1889  December, the 3rd mate was washed over board during a heavy storm in the Atlantic on way New York - KristianiaAtlantic Journey ID 5052
 1893  Feb. 22, damages to screw and hull due to ice in the Kristianiafjord (Oslofjord), went to Burmeister & Wain for repairsAtlantic Journey ID 5053
 1898  Kristiania - Kristiansand - New York   
 1898  Oct. 10, sold to DFDS, transferred to Scandinavian America LineAtlantic Journey ID 5054
 1899       New York  Jan. 28 Transatlantc ID
 1899  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Mar. 09  New York  Mar. 26 Transatlantc ID
 1899  Kristiania - Kristiansand - New York   
 1899  Kristiania - Kristiansand  May 04  New York  May 20 Transatlantc ID
 1899  Kristiania - Kristiansand  June 29  New York  July 14 Transatlantc ID
 1899  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Aug. 24  New York  Sept. 08 Transatlantc ID
 1899  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Oct. 19  New York  Nov. 06 Transatlantc ID
 1900  Kristiania - Kristiansand - New York   
 1900  Kristiania - Kristiansand  May 31  New York  June 16 Transatlantc ID
 1900  Sold to Norwegian ownersAtlantic Journey ID 5055
 1903  September, stranded at Torgfjord, sold and scrappedAtlantic Journey ID 5056
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. Thingvalla, Scandinavian America Line steamship
The S.S. Thingvalla in Scandinavian America Line colors. - Photographer: Unknown, colorized by Børge Solem. - Source: Norway Heritage Collection - This work is licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 - Support the Norway Heritage Project: Make a donation

Her tonnage was 2,524 tons gross, 1,745 under deck and 1,630 net. She had one funnel and three masts. Originally she was rigged as a bark, later probably as a barquentine. in the 1887-88 Lloyd's Registry of Shipping, she is listed as being schooner rigged. She was an iron construction, and had a single screw. She had 2 decks and spar deck, 6 cemented bulkheads and partial double bottom 600 tons. Aft Peak Tank and Forward Peak Tank. She had a compound engine with 2 inverted cylinders of 30 and 60 inches diameter respectively, stroke 36 inches, operating at 60 p.s.i. delivering 225 horsepower (900 indicated horsepower) giving her a speed of 10 knots. The engine was built by the same company as the hull. There was passenger accommodation for 50-1st, 50-2nd and 900-3rd class. The ship was named after the field in Iceland where the old assemblies of the people were held according to Norse custom and usage, and where resolutions were passed for the benefit of their commonwealth. The year 1874 when the "Thingvalla" was built marked the 10th centenary of settlement in Iceland.

In 1888 the S/S Thingvalla collided with and sank the Thingvalla Line vessel "Geiser" off Sable Island with the loss of 105 lives:

The Thingvalla painted in Thingvalla Line colors
[DFDS 1866-1991, p. 236, shown by the kind permission of Søren Thorsøe]

S/S Thingvalla after the collision with S/S Geiser

Sources: [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.1050,][Lloyd's registry of shipping] [Skandinavien-Amerika Linien, DFDS' passager- og fragtfart på Amerika, Søren Thorsøe, Simonsen, Krogh-Andersen, Frederichsen][DFDS 1866-1991 by Søren Thorsøe a.o., p. 236]


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