H A M B U
R G 1969
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THE OCEAN LINERS
Welcome to our Hamburg website celebrating this stylish and beautiful ship. One of the last turbine-powered steamships ever built, the Hamburg was a dual-purpose liner, designed to both for transatlantic crossings and cruises. She was also Germany's first newbuild postwar ocean liner. The most distinguishing feature of the handsome vessel was her futuristic, saucer-capped hourglass funnel, which, along with a very high passenger space ratio earned her the nickname of "The Space Ship". She soon became known as one of the most luxurious and beautiful liners on the oceans.
entered service in March 1969 with Deutsche Atlantik Linie. After two
"shakedown" cruises to South America, Hamburg sailed on her
maiden Atlantic crossing from Hamburg to New York on the 19th June
1969. She soon entered service in the deluxe cruise market, primarily
on long, globe-trotting voyages from the U.S. East Coast. In 1972,
Hamburg moved to the U.S. West Coast for cruise service from Los
Angeles and San Francisco. Sadly
in 1973 due to difficulties sparked off by the Fuel Crisis, Deutsche
Atlantik ceased operations and Hamburg was sold to Sovcomflot.
Under Soviet ownership she became Maxim Gorky and entered service in January 1974. Before joining the Black Sea Shipping Company's fleet she starred in the film "Juggernaut" as the fictitious Britannic with Richard Harris and Omar Sharif on board. Until 1980 she cruised in the Soviet fleet from the USA. She then was placed on long term charter to Neckermann Seereisen from 1980 and then to Phoenix Seereisen from 1988. This charter ended on the 30th November 2008 and she was to have been placed on charter to Orient Lines but sadly that deal fell through due to the economic crisis. As a result her future is uncertain.
~ The Space Ship ~
Hamburg - New York (via Rotterdam and Southampton) transatlantic service and worldwide cruising
(GERMAN ATLANTIC LINE)
(c) The AJN Transport Britain Collection 2008 A Edward Elliott