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VATERLAND

The German text on this old postcard in translation: The biggest crane and the biggest ship.
Does anyone have any idea what or who is meant?
I have capitulated in the search for an answer.

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I think, it's a passenger liner of Hamburg America Line ( HAPAG ).

Either SS Vaterland built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg or SS Imperator built by the Vulcan Shipyard also in Hamburg. Imperator was the first one, completed in 1913 but she was surpassed by Vaterland a year later.

Edit: SS Vaterland is the most likely one. She was built by Blohm & Voss, who in 1913 got the biggest crane in the World - the 250 Tonnen Hammerwippkran.

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Could it be in 1913/14 and the SS Bismarck (later the RMS Majestic) she was the biggest ship in the world at that time,

Frank
 

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Definitely VATERLAND.

IMPERATOR had an open rudder with stock above the waterline. VATERLAND had a balanced rudder beneath a 'cruiser stern'... similar as MAURETANIA/LUSITANIA/.

VATERLAND. At launching the upperstrake of main deck was painted white... shows as in the photo.

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All three ship had the unique 'docking bridge'. It is the support stanchions of the docking bridge. On VATERLAND the support is very wide... on the other two ships were more simple and less built up.

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Can't be. VATERLAND launched 3 April, 1913 and completed 14 May 2014.... so summer of 1913.
 

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Launch of the Vaterland: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44489/title/vaterland/cat/520
 

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Thanks Stein. That is the photo that shows the differences between the three Ballin ships.
 

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