SS Spree/ SS Kaiserin Maria Theresia


Charles

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As you see above, that is a picture of the SS Spree's promenade deck. This ship was used by some of my family on October 31, 1901 to head from Bremen, Germany to New York Harbor.

Because I am intrigued at this ship more than I was of the SS Leipzig (sadly nothing else could be found from that, and I assumed that Third Class/Steerage was the worst on that ship since my infant great-aunt Stanislava apparently died) I was wondering if anyone knew of the accommodations the North German Lloyd offered on this beautiful ship.

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Charles
 

Dave Gittins

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By the wonders of the internet, I found a bit about Spree/Kaiserin Maria Theresia.

She had a rather chequered career as Spree and suffered major mechanical disasters. It was decided to rebuild her. She was lengthened by 20 metres and given three funnels and two screws. She then became Kaiserin Maria Theresia. It was in this form that your relatives sailed on her. She had room for 405 in 1st class, 114 in 2nd and 387 in 3rd. Her tonnage was 7,840, so she was pretty small, even by 1901 standards. She was sold to Russia in 1904 and made into an auxiliary cruiser. She was sunk at the battle of Tsushima, under the name of Ural.

Finding details of he interior might be hard. Ancient German newspapers may have advertising. I should think her 3rd class facilities would have been politely described as basic. Think several bunks in tiny cabins and communal dining room, with fixed bench seats.
 

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Thank you Dave.

So about the Third Class facilities, you mean like the modern improved accommodation that a ship like Lusitania or Titanic offered?

I'm also pretty glad to hear that the ship did turn out like you said like the pic below.
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I will continue searching in case, but if you do happen to find info, that would be great!
 
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Charles

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This photo below looks like the First or Second Class Smoking Room. There's also a picture of a Women's Salon with a balcony but that's all I was able to get

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Dave Gittins

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It's possible that in 3rd class there was a big open dormitory, for the use of single men. Titanic was originally going to have one of these, but the idea was scrapped.
 

Charles

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True, but I'm not even sure the segregation of men and women was strongly used, as there is evidence that there were women and men on either side (Eileen Johnson's account, Berk Pickard's cabin in the stern).

I'll check to see if there are any cutaways of the ship, but for now, all I got is First Class/Second Class public rooms (I am pretty sure they are First though)
 

jorge franco

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I found this advertising in new jersey are 20 pages is related to the subject has a full description of the route that ran on the trip from July 2 to August 13, 1903
 
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