SS Blücher

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German Empire
Name: Blücher
Namesake: Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher
Owner: Hamburg America Line
  • Hamburg–New York (1901–1911)
  • Hamburg–South America (1911–1914)
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Launched: 23 November 1901
Maiden voyage: 7 June 1902
  • Interned at Pernambuco, Brazil, August 1914
  • Seized by Brazil, 1 June 1917
Name: Leopoldina
Acquired: By seizure, 1 June 1917
Name: Suffren
Namesake: Pierre André de Suffren de Saint Tropez
Owner: Compagnie Générale Transatlantique
Route: Havre - New York
  • by charter, 11 March 1920
  • bought, March 1923
Out of service: September 1928
Refit: December 1920
Fate: Scrapped at Genoa, 1929
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Barbarossa-class ocean liner
Tonnage: 12,334 GRT
Length: 525 ft 6 in (160.17 m)
Beam: 62 ft 3 in (18.97 m)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
  • Passengers (as built):
  • 390 × 1st class
  • 230 × 2nd class
  • 1,550 × 3rd class
  • After 1920 refit
  • 500 × cabin class
  • 250 × 3rd class

SS Blücher was a Barbarossa-class ocean liner built by Blohm & Voss Shipbuilders, Hamburg, Germany, in 1902 for the Hamburg America Line, to sail under German flag. She displaced 12,334 gross tons and was 550 (bp) feet long by 62 feet wide. Steam quadruple-expansion engines powered twin screws. Her service speed was 16 knots. She originally carried 2,102 passengers, including 333 first class, 169 second class, and 1,600 third class, on four decks with a steel hull, and was served by a crew of 252. She was fitted with two masts and two funnels. She saw Hamburg-New York and Hamburg-South America service.


The Blücher was launched on November 23, 1901. She set out on her maiden voyage on June 7, 1902, proceeding from Hamburg to Boulogne to Southampton, then finally to New York, where she arrived at Ellis Island on June 28. She serviced this route until 1911.

In 1912, she was rebuilt, with luxury suites added to her boat deck.

She was interned at Pernambuco, Brazil in August 1914. On June 1, 1917, she was seized by the Brazilian government, who renamed her Leopoldina. On February 27, 1918, she was chartered to the French government.

On March 11, 1920, she began her first voyage for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT, "French Line") from New York to Le Havre. In December 1921, she was laid up. In March 1923, she was sold to CGT and renamed Suffren, as which on May 8, 1923, she made her first voyage, Le Havre to New York. At this time, she could accommodate 500 passengers in first class and 250 in third class.

She was laid up again in 1928 and scrapped in Genoa in 1929.


  1. ^ Swiggum, S.; Kohli, M. (2014). "Ship Descriptions (B)". Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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