Friday, August 03, 2007

RMS Majestic

Not sure when Max Wille came to America. I did find a Max A Wille who came over 7MAR1923...age 42

Ship Name:
Years in service:
Caledonia (1936), Ex-Bismarck (1922)
Shipping Line:
White Star
Ship Description:
Built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany. Tonnage: 56,551. Dimensions: 915' x 100' (956' o.l.). Quadruple-screw, 24 knots. Eight steam turbines. Two masts and three funnels.
Note: Launched as the Bismarck (Hamburg-American Line) on June 20, 1914. However, was not completed until after the First World War. From keel to top of funnels 183 feet high. From keel to boat deck 102 feet. She had a draft of 38'-10". When the liner was finished, she was handed over to the British Shipping Controller, who sold her to the White Star Line. Maiden voyage: Southampton-Cherbourg-New York, May 10, 1922. Made a fast Atlantic crossing in June 1922, at an average speed of 24.2 knots. Made her final sailing from New York, as an Atlantic liner, February 22, 1936. Acquired by the British Admiralty in 1936. Renamed: Caledonia (1936). Used as a training ship. Gutted by fire and sunk at Rosyth, September 29, 1939. The hulk was refloated, and subsequently broken up for scrap. Ex-Bismarck (1922).

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