Thursday, April 16, 2009

SS Bremen (1929)

Thanks to Ms. Lieselotte, Germany for sending this stamp on a postcard through Postcrossing.

From the stamp, we can see the SS Bremen (SS - SteamShip) with the skyline of Manhattan on the background.

Date of Issue: July 08, 2004
Scott #: 2288

This stamp was issued to commemorate 75 years of Record-Breaking speed of Transatlantic voyage by Bremen.

SS Bremen of 1929 was one of a pair of ocean liners built for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line (NDL) for the transatlantic passenger service. She was the fourth ship of NDL to carry the name Bremen. Bremen was designed to have a cruising speed of 27.5 knots. It was claimed that Bremen briefly reached speeds of 32 knots (59 km/h) during her sea trials.

SS Bremen and her sister ship SS Europa were considered for their time as the most modern liners in the world. The high speeds and the comfort and luxury level on board made high demands of technical personnel. Each ship required an engineering crew of some 170 men.

Bremen made her maiden transatlantic crossing departing Bremerhaven for New York City under the command of Commodore Leopold Ziegenbein on 16 July 1929. She arrived 4 days, 17 hours, and 42 minutes later, capturing the westbound Blue Riband from the Mauretania with an average speed of 27.83 knots (51.54 km/h). On her next voyage, Bremen took the eastbound Blue Riband with a time of 4 day 14 hours and 30 minutes and an average speed of 27.91 knots (51.69 km/h). This was the first time a liner had broken two records on her first two voyages.

Source: Wikipedia

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