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SS Albert Ballin

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SS Albert Ballin was an ocean liner of the Hamburg-America Line launched in 1923 and named after Albert Ballin, the visionary director of the Hamburg-America line, who had committed suicide several years earlier. In 1935, the ship was renamed Hansa on orders from the German government. Towards the end of World War II, she was employed to evacuate civilians during Operation Hannibal, and sank after hitting a mine. She was later raised and refitted by the Soviet Union and was finally scrapped in 1982.

SS Albert Ballin pulling in to port on September 27th 1923
History
Weimar Republic
NameAlbert Ballin
NamesakeAlbert Ballin
OwnerHamburg-America Line
BuilderBlohm & Voss, Hamburg
Launched16 December 1922
Maiden voyage5 July 1923
FateRequisitioned by the Kriegsmarine, 1940
Germany
NameHansa
OperatorHamburg-America Line
In service31 October 1935
FateSunk 6 March 1945, Warnemünde
Soviet Union
NameSovetskiy Soyuz (translate as "Soviet Union")
AcquiredBy salvage, 1949
In service1953–1982
Renamed1980, Tobolsk
FateScrapped, 1982
General characteristics (1923)
TypeOcean liner
Tonnage20,815 GRT
Length183.61m
Beam22.18m
Speed16 knots
Capacity1650 passengers
NotesSister ship Deustchland

Contents

Passenger manifest for the SS Albert Ballin, September 27, 1923.
1923 Commemorative Porcelain Medal for the Maiden Voyage of the SS Albert Ballin from Hamburg to New York via Southampton.
Soviet passenger cargo ship Sovetskiy Soyuz in the Soviet Union (Golden Horn Bay, Vladivostok) in 1957

Hamburg America Line

Albert Ballin was built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, and served on the Hamburg-New York City route. In 1928, a tourist class was added. Originally built as a 16 knot ship, the engines were replaced in 1929, resulting in a speed of 19 knots. In 1934, she was lengthened by 50 feet, and speed increased again, this time to 21.5 knots.

In 1935, the new Nazi government ordered the ship be renamed Hansa (Ballin having been Jewish). Hansa's last Atlantic crossing was in 1939.

In 1945, she was employed to evacuate civilians from Gotenhafen during Operation Hannibal, and was due to accompany the overloaded MV Wilhelm Gustloff leaving midday on 30 January, but suffered mechanical problems before the ships had left the Bay of Danzig and had to anchor. Later, on 6 March during a further evacuation, she hit a mine off Warnemünde and slowly sank.

Soviet Union

The wreck was raised and rebuilt by the Soviet Union around 1949, and renamed Sovetskiy Soyuz (Russian:Советский Союз; meaning Soviet Union), becoming the largest passenger ship operating under the Soviet flag. From 1955, she operated between Vladivostok and points in the Far East. Renamed Tobolsk (Russian:Тобольск) in 1980, she sailed under that name for almost two years before being scrapped.

  1. "Тобольск". FleetPhoto.ru. 2010.
  • Bonsor, N.R.P. (1975), North Atlantic seaway : an illustrated history of the passenger services linking the Old World with the New in four volumes, New York: Arco, ISBN 978-0-7153-6401-7, OCLC 1891992
  • Haws, Duncan (1980), The ships of the Hamburg America, Adler and Carr lines, Merchant fleets in profile, 4, Cambridge: Stephens, OCLC 60073185
  • Swiggum, S.; Kohli, M., TheShipsList, retrieved2013-01-18


SS Albert Ballin
SS Albert Ballin Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from SS Tobolsk SS Soviet Union and SS Hansa 1923 redirect here For other ships see Soviet Union disambiguation and Hansa disambiguation This article includes a list of references related reading or external links but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations July 2009 Learn how and when to remove this template message SS Albert Ballin was an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line launched in 1923 and named after Albert Ballin the visionary director of the Hamburg America line who had committed suicide several years earlier In 1935 the ship was renamed Hansa on orders from the German government Towards the end of World War II she was employed to evacuate civilians during Operation Hannibal and sank after hitting a mine She was later raised and refitted by the Soviet Union and was finally scrapped in 1982 SS Albert Ballin pulling in to port on September 27th 1923HistoryWeimar RepublicNameAlbert BallinNamesakeAlbert BallinOwnerHamburg America LineBuilderBlohm amp Voss HamburgLaunched16 December 1922Maiden voyage5 July 1923FateRequisitioned by the Kriegsmarine 1940GermanyNameHansaOperatorHamburg America LineIn service31 October 1935FateSunk 6 March 1945 WarnemundeSoviet UnionNameSovetskiy Soyuz translate as Soviet Union AcquiredBy salvage 1949In service1953 1982Renamed1980 TobolskFateScrapped 1982General characteristics 1923 TypeOcean linerTonnage20 815 GRTLength183 61mBeam22 18mSpeed16 knotsCapacity1650 passengersNotesSister ship Deustchland Contents 1 History 1 1 Hamburg America Line 1 2 Soviet Union 2 See also 3 ReferencesHistory Edit Passenger manifest for the SS Albert Ballin September 27 1923 1923 Commemorative Porcelain Medal for the Maiden Voyage of the SS Albert Ballin from Hamburg to New York via Southampton Soviet passenger cargo ship Sovetskiy Soyuz in the Soviet Union Golden Horn Bay Vladivostok in 1957 Hamburg America Line Edit Albert Ballinwas built by Blohm amp Voss in Hamburg and served on the Hamburg New York City route In 1928 a tourist class was added Originally built as a 16 knot ship the engines were replaced in 1929 resulting in a speed of 19 knots In 1934 she was lengthened by 50 feet and speed increased again this time to 21 5 knots In 1935 the new Nazi government ordered the ship be renamed Hansa Ballin having been Jewish Hansa s last Atlantic crossing was in 1939 In 1945 she was employed to evacuate civilians from Gotenhafen during Operation Hannibal and was due to accompany the overloaded MV Wilhelm Gustloff leaving midday on 30 January but suffered mechanical problems before the ships had left the Bay of Danzig and had to anchor Later on 6 March during a further evacuation she hit a mine off Warnemunde and slowly sank Soviet Union Edit The wreck was raised and rebuilt by the Soviet Union around 1949 and renamed Sovetskiy Soyuz Russian Sovetskij Soyuz meaning Soviet Union becoming the largest passenger ship operating under the Soviet flag From 1955 she operated between Vladivostok and points in the Far East Renamed Tobolsk Russian Tobolsk 1 in 1980 she sailed under that name for almost two years before being scrapped See also EditStanislav KurilovReferences Edit Tobolsk FleetPhoto ru 2010 Bonsor N R P 1975 North Atlantic seaway an illustrated history of the passenger services linking the Old World with the New in four volumes New York Arco ISBN 978 0 7153 6401 7 OCLC 1891992 Haws Duncan 1980 The ships of the Hamburg America Adler and Carr lines Merchant fleets in profile 4 Cambridge Stephens OCLC 60073185 Swiggum S Kohli M TheShipsList retrieved 2013 01 18 This merchant ship article is a stub You can help Wikipedia by expanding it vte Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title SS Albert Ballin amp oldid 1046395926, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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