SS Potsdam (1900)

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SS Potsdam
Fred Pansing Potsdam 1910.jpg
Potsdam, c.1910
  • Potsdam (1900–1915)
  • Stockholm (1915–1929)
  • Solglimt (1929–1940)
  • Sonderburg (1940–)
Builder: Blohm + Voss
Yard number: 139
Launched: 1900
Fate: Scrapped 1946–1947
General characteristics
Type: Ocean liner
Length: 167.66 m (550.1 ft)
Beam: 18.93 m (62.1 ft)
Draft: 10.51 m (34.5 ft)
Installed power: 2 × triple-expansion steam engines 7,600 ihp (5,700 kW)
Propulsion: Twin screws
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 1120 passengers

SS Potsdam was an ocean liner built in 1900 by the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany for the Holland America Line (HAL) for transatlantic service from Rotterdam to New York. She was the largest ship operated by HAL at the time.[1][2]

Stockholm enters port with a thousand African Americans of the 369th New York Regiment returning from WWI
Solglimt being bombed by the British in Cherbourg in 1942

In 1915 the ship was sold to the newly founded Swedish American Line and renamed SS Stockholm for transatlantic service from Gothenburg to New York. In 1929 she was sold to Norwegian interests and converted to the whale factory ship SS Solglimt. Following the German invasion of Norway in 1940 Solglimt was captured by the Kriegsmarine, transferred to the First German Whaling Company and renamed SS Sonderburg.[2][3]

Sonderburg was scuttled by German troops in 1944 to block entrance to Cherbourg harbour. In 1946 she was partially demolished to clear the shipway, with the final remains towed to the United Kingdom in 1947 to be scrapped.[2]


  1. ^ Asklander, Micke. "S/S Potsdam (1900)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Ljungström, Henrik. "Potsdam/Stockholm (I)/Solglimt/Sonderburg 1900 - 1947". The Great Ocean Liners. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  3. ^ Boyle, Ian. "Stockholm (1) 1915-28". Swedish American Line. Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 2008-02-27.