Interesting Ocean Gazette from onboard the SS Berlin July 17th, 1911.
filled with general articles and vintage ads including other NDL services and cruises. The front cover is separated from the rest of the booklet.
Interesting heavy metal ashtray with a profile impression of one of the Early German 4 stackers. This originally had a copper like finish coating that has mostly peeled off over time .. I bet this could be recoated though. Certainly interesting … I wonder what secrets it’s history holds?.
Great little pin dish for the Bremen V …. Outstanding birds eye portside view of the ship cutting through the blue seas. In Excellent shape.
Lovely crackle glaze trinket box for NDL’s last Flagship Bremen. The box is perfect for coins and or maybe small cosmetics (my nanny would have used it for beauty powder). The cover boasts a great profile of NDL’s First Bremen on the outside .. and the Bremen V on the inside. Excellent condition.
Really cool souvenir Cig Cutter from the Cleveland. Very well done .. the needle on the telegraph even moves when you “slice” thorough your cancer ridden tobacco flavored death stick (I’m a non-smoker). The lettering on the telegraph is in German of course .. The Cleveland when launched was one of the largest liners in the world. Uncommon and unusual item. Mostly Brass construction …needs polishing.
A very popular souvenir in the later 60’s and 70’sa re there funnel ashtrays .. This one is for HAPAG done in their unmistakable colors. Impress your German Liner smoking companions. Excellent condition.
Great little pin dish for the Last NGL flagship Liner. I just love “etching” like portrait of the ship leaving NYC.
Gold trimmed and in Excellent condition. NGL anchor and key house flag on the back side.
Great little souvenir item for the lovely last flagship. The ship is shown in gold. A few light scratches.
Lovely cobalt blue ash/pin tray from one of the NGL ships giftshop.
Lovely Anchor and Key symbol … gold trimmed! excellent condition.
Lovely cobalt blue ash/pin tray for the 100 year anniversary of NGL Services.. 1857-1957.
Lovely Anchor and Key symbol … gold trimmed! excellent condition.
Cool little PL from a cruise on the Reliance. She started and a mid sized ship for HAPAG, was given to the Allies after WW1 and eventually sold back to HAPAG in the late 20’s. This list was from her time with United American / Harriman line. good shape. I don’t find much on this wonderful ship or her sister.
Great brass bell for the little Hapag Hamburg. Lovely souvenir item for the little 1920’s built German lady. Excellent shape and rings like a charm!
Lovely “My cruise to the West Indies” booklet .. a souvenir items from the cruise that started on 1/27/26 from NY.
Lovely gold lettering and profile of the ship on the clover … this is in excellent shape. There are some handwritten notes from the travelers journey on the cruise. The reliance was owned by Hamburg American line and was given to the allies after WW1.. after several seasons under United American (Harriman) Line.. the ship was sold back to the Germans. The booklet lists passengers and some cruise staff/ officers.
OUSTANDING little music program for HAPAGS only 4 funnel liner … she was built for speed but had such vibration issues, she was converted to a 2 funnel cruise ship aster only a few years of express use ( HAPAG quickly decided to concentrate on comfort and size and not pursue excess speed). The program dated form her time as a cruise ship and has lavish textured covers, lovely cover profile of the ship as well as an embossed harp over lay. Inside is full of musical selections from Bach to Wagner
Outstanding sports and amusement card for the luxury cruiser Victoria Luise. She was once HAPAG’s fastest liner … but was so problematic she was converted to cruising. Heavy card stock and fancy ribbon. Activities from several rounds of potato races to “Chalking the Pigs eye”. great shape with some spots on the inside.
Terrific full color deck plan booklet for the cute little Hanseatic. She started life as Zim Lines Shalom… but was sold odd to the Germans after only a few years of Transatlantic service. the plan is printed on glossy paper and includes color photos of people enjoying various rooms and activities onboard. Excellent like new condition!
Nice litle sailing schedule folter for the 2 German passenger ships. 2 of the 6 pages are dedicated to the individual ships (which is unusual for a sailings foldout) while 4 remaining pages are schedule and general info. Both ships would soon be sold to other owners.
Once the French Pasteur, NDL’s last Bremen was extensively rebuilt and brought into German service in 1959. This is a cute little crepe paper party hat form one of her voyages .. in great shape!
Pretty rare 16 photo packet set for the KdF cruiser Robert Ley. She was the last ship built for Hitler’s “strength through Joy” program. There are 16 photos … mostly interiors (the pool is amazing) . All are numbered … which correspond to a little descriptive list that is included. All are in excellent condition except picture 10 (lifeboats) which has one corner clipped. You won’t be disappointed!
Lovely detailed Mercator Model for the Cap Polonio. This little lady was completed right after WW1 started and was drafted into the German Navy for a brief time … but released due to poor speed performance and large coal consumption. After the war, she went to the Allies ..and in 1921 was sold back to the Germans and employed on the South American route for which she was built. She was sold for scrap in the early years of the depression
Wonderful and minutely detailed Mercator Model of Germany’s leading lady to South America … the Cap Arcona. She was called the “Queen of the South Seas” and offered the finest passage from Germany to South American. Taken over by the German navy in WW2 she was used to house prisoners and refugees. Unfortunately, just a few days before Germany surrendered, she was bombed and almost 5000 souls lost their lives.
The details on these Mercator models is nothing short of extraordinary. This is a lovely model of the Columbus … really the only liner (she was on the ways) left to Germany at the end of WW2. Originally to be named Hindenberg she assumed the name Columbus .. when her sister “Columbus” was given to The Allies and become the Homeric for White Star. The Columbus (now ex Hindenberg) was modernized in the late 20’s to keep up with the speedy new NDL racers … the Bremen and Europa. The Columbus was sadly scuttled by her German crew off the US coast to a avoid capture.
Known for their minute and impressive detail, Mercator models are amazing!… Here we have the first of Ballin’s trio … the Imperator. The Kaiser was so impressed with the ship … he saw to it that the social hall had his bust displayed prominently. The model shows the Imperator very early in life … with the bow eagle and super tall funnels. The eagle lasted on a few voyages .. and the funnels were shortened in her first refit. Excellent condition!
Wonderful book on the USS Von Steuben’s WW1 wartime service for the Stars and Stripes. She was built as NDL’s Kronprinz Wilhelm and at one time held the Blue Riband of the Atlantic. After the war, rumors abounded that she would be refurbished and used to show off America’s industrial might .. or even more service, but this was not the case and she was the first of the captured German four funneled liners to go to the breakers. Signed by the Author!
Stunning official NDL photograph of the racer Europa. The back contains statistical typed info in German and English … as well as some handwritten German text. The Europa was almost destroyed while under construction by fire , but hre germans rebuilt her. She briefly held the speed record. The photo is approx. 7×7. The Image is crisp sharp and in wonderful condition.