SS Gneisenau (1935)
|Namesake:||August Neidhardt von Gneisenau|
|Builder:||Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG|
|Fate:||Sunk 2 May 1943|
|Notes:||Refloated 12 July 1950 and scrapped|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
SS Gneisenau was a 18,160 GRT Norddeutscher Lloyd ocean liner that was launched and completed in 1935. Like several other German ships of the same name, she was named after the Prussian Generalfeldmarschall and military reformer August Neidhardt von Gneisenau (1760–1831).
Until the outbreak of World War II on 1 September 1939, the trio worked NDL's express service between Bremen and the Far East. At 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) they were some of the fastest ships on the route.
Sources and further reading
- Harnack, Edwin P (1938) . All About Ships & Shipping (7th ed.). London: Faber and Faber. p. 549.
- Rothe, Claus (1987). Deutsche Ozean-Passagierschiffe 1919 bis 1985. Berlin: VEB Verlag für Verkehrswesen. ISBN 3-344-00164-7.[page needed]
- Talbot-Booth, E.C. (1942) . Ships and the Sea (7th ed.). London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd. pp. 405, 518.
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