Built by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, and launched
in October 1874.
Delivered to the . . . Dampskibsselskabet for their
East Asia lines. According to a woodcut by Balboe [?] in Ny
Illustrert Tidskrift she was originally rigged as a barque,
but a later [1893?] oil painting by
A.J. Jacobsen [?] shows her rigged as a barquentine. The compound
constructed by Burmeister & Wain and had a low pressure
cylinder of 60 inch
diameter and a high pressure cylinder of 30 inch and with a stroke
length of 36
Newly discovered Links
- 1880 February 17
- Rescued the crew of the W.H. Webb built packet ship Alexander
Marshall which had sprung a leak in the North Atlantic en
route New York - London with
a cargo of petroleum and oil in barrels.
- 1880 February 23
- The rescued crew was landed at Yarmouth, Isle of Wright.
- 1888 August 14
- A collision between SS Thingvalla and
SS Geiser took place 30 miles south of Sable
Island, Newfound Land. The local time was
04:20 onboard the Thingvalla and 03:45 according Geiser
time. The Thingvalla hit SS Geiser
midships at the starboard side and she sank after five minutes. At the
the weather was foggy with some rain but the sea was not rough. Only
three of Geisers boats were launched but all
foundered. 79 of Geisers passengers and 26 of the
crew lost their lives. There is a photograph by James
Ross, Halifax, showing SS Thingvalla at the harbour
quay in Halifax where she came for reparation of the bow. The
survivors from the Geiser and all the passengers of
the Thingvalla were taken onboard the German mail
- Onboard the Thingvalla first the order
"Stand by" was given to the machine room followed shortly by
"Full astern/reverse". Only 40-50 revolutions in reverse were achieved
the collision took place. The stem of the Thingvalla
was crushed but the the forward collision bulkhead held. Even though
bulkhead was re-enforced, it began to leak badly and most part of the
to Halifax was steamed backwards to save the bulkhead.
- For gripping newspaper stories of this event from
the Halifax Morning Herald
Saturday August 18, 1888 and Monday August 20, 1888, click on these
- Also included in these stories are interviews with the
Captains of the Geiser
and the Thingvalla as well as several passenger accounts of the events.
- 1890 May 19
- Bound for New York, the Thingvalla collided with
an iceberg head on. The bow
was boarded up and secured with quick setting concrete and she
continued on to
New York. There was no loss of life.
- *** There is a model of the Thingvalla
at the Handels- og Søfartsmuseum at Kronborg.
model is rigged as a barquentine and has the ships' name painted at the
large letters [H&S 1949, p 119].
though this is a Norway heritage site, Danish information is also
included. Everything underlined on the pages below, is a link to
Here is a complete history of the Thingvalla
from 1873 when she was built until 1903 when she was scrapped.
The Andersen's were on the voyage departed Denmark February 4th, 1892
and arrived New York February 19th. Apparently passenger processing was
done on the 20th.
A Thingvalla Line promotional pamphlet 1887
information brochure of the Thingvalla Line voyages and other useful
information for passengers.The Thingvalla Line
- Info about the various ships that sailed owned by this company. Photos of the Thingvalla Passenger lists and emigrant ships from Norway Heritage