Kronprinzessin Cecilie 1905 - manifest of last voyage, July/August 1914. North German Lloyd Bremer, World War I.
Kronprinzessin Cecilie 1905 - manifest of last voyage, July/August 1914
Kronprinzessin Cecilie 1905 - manifest of last voyage, July/August 1914
Kronprinzessin Cecilie 1905 - manifest of last voyage, July/August 1914

Kronprinzessin Cecilie 1905 - manifest of last voyage, July/August 1914

NY: Oelrichs & Co, general agents (for North German Lloyd), 1914. Hardcover. Manifest for the last voyage of the German passenger steamship SS Kronprinzessin Cecilie 1905 which left New York bound for Bremen via Plymouth, England and Cherbourg, France. Buily in 1905, the ship was placed on the South American service but was soon displaced by Norddeutscher Lloyd four stack liner Kronprinzessin Cecilie 1906. (The line was named after Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the Crown Princess of Prussia.) After Cecilie 1906 left NY on July 28, 1914 it found itself in the eastern Atlantic being pursued by a French cruiser, as Germany declared war in France Aug 3, As the British had not yet formally entered the war, the Cecillie put into Falmouth before Britain had declared war. The British shortly entered the war and requisitioned the German vessel, renaming it the enamed to become HMS Princess in 1915 and converted to a dummy for the battleship HMS Ajax, with superstructure and guns made of wood. The work was done in Belfast by Harland and Wolff. Princess/Ajax patrolled around Loch Ewe until October 1915, when she was decommissioned and converted to a proper armed merchant cruiser. She recommissioned on 6 May 1916 and went to East Africa, where she served until October 1917, before being paid off in Bombay. The manifest is bound in blue 3/4 leather over light blue patterned silk, with gilt pressed spine titles, approx 12cm x 18 cm, frontispiece portrait of Princess Cecillie, 32pp (including front and rear blanks). Includes: passenger lists for first and second cabin: officers and major crew on title page; advertisements for allied travel products and services (including "wireless telegraphy") and other cruises and tours; 10 pages of schedules for the all lines of the North German Steamship Company; and list of worldwide offices of Oelrich & Co, the line's general agent. Binding is well-preserved. There is a light stain traversing the lower 1/3 of the leaves. Contemporary owner bookplate pastdown, printed by Dutton & Co, NY. Scarce. Very Good. Item #012056

Price: $675.00