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Ellis Island Ship List - G

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General George W. Goethals

Built by Unknown shipyard, Hamburg, Germany, 1911. 4,707 gross tons; Steam triple expansion engines, twin screw.  Service speed 10.5 knots.  Passenger-Cargo ship.

Built for German owners, in 1911 and named Grunewald. Sold to Panama Railroad Co., American flag, in 1916 and renamed General George W. Goethals. Cristobal to New York service. Chartered by United States Navy, American flag, in 1919. Part of the Cruiser and Transport Force carrying US Troops service. Returned to Panama Railroad Co., American flag, in 1919. Passenger-cargo service for West Indies and Panama service. Scrapped in 1933.

General W.C. Gorgas

No information available.

George Washington

Built by A/G Vulcan Shipyard, Stettin, Germany, 1909. 25,570 gross tons; 723 (bp) feet long; 72 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw.  Service speed 18 1/2 knots.  2,679 passengers (568 first class, 433 second class, 1,678 third class).

Built for North German Lloyd, German flag, in 1909 and named George Washington. Bremerhaven-New York service. Interned at New York at the start of World War I in 1914. Seized by United States Lines, in 1917 and renamed USS George Washington. Also Bremerhaven-New York service. Assigned to United States Lines; began Bremerhaven-NY sailings 1921. Laid up in 1940 and Caitlin. Refitted as troopship in 1940; World War II service. Reverted to George Washington. Completely destroyed by a fire at Baltimore; wreckage scrapped in 1951.


Built by Harlan & Wolff Limited, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1875. 5,071 gross tons; 468 (bp) feet long; 45 feet wide. Compound engine, single screw.  Service speed 16 knots.  1,700 passengers (200 first class, 1,500 third class).Two funnels, four masts rigged for sails, iron construction.

Built for White Star and Dominion Lines, in 1875 and named Germanic. Liverpool-New York service. Won trans-Atlantic Blue Ribbon for speed in 1876. Sold to Dominion Line, British flag, in 1905 and renamed Ottawa. Liverpool-Canada service. Sold to Turkish owners, in 1911 and renamed Gul-Djemal. Mediterranean and Black Sea service. Sunk by British sub E.14 in the Sea of Marmora. Torpedoed and sunk in 1915. She was salvaged, first voyage 1920 Constantinople to New York. Renamed Gulcemal in 1928. Constantinople-New York service. After 76 years of service she later was scrapped in Italy in 1950.

Giuseppe Verdi

Built by Societa Esercizio Bacini, Riva Trigoso, Italy, 1914. 9,757 gross tons; 503 (bp) feet long; 59 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw.  Service speed 16 knots.  2,185 passengers (100 first class, 260 second class, 1,825 third class).Two funnels and two masts.

Built for Transatlantica Italiana Line, in 1914 and named Giuseppe Verdi. Italy-New York service. Sold to Japanese owners, Japanese flag, in 1928 and renamed Yamato Maru. Torpedoed and sunk by a US submarine in the Philippines in 1943.

Graf Waldersee

Built by Blohm & Voss Shipbuilders, Hamburg, Germany, 1899. 12,830 gross tons; 586 (bp) feet long; 62 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw.  Service speed 13 knots.  2,546 passengers (162 first class, 184 second class, 2,200 third class).One funnel and four masts.

Built for Hamburg-American Line, German flag, in 1898 and intended to be the Pavia. Hamburg-New York service. Name changed to Graf Waldersee prior to completion. Renamed Graf Waldersee in 1899. Hamburg to Boulogne to New York service. Given as reparations to United States Government, American flag, in 1919. Transferred to British Government, British flag, in 1920. Chartered by P&O Line service. Sold in 1922. Sold to Kohlbrand Werft, Hamburg, shipbreakers. Scrapped at Hamburg in 1922.

Grosser Kurfurst

Built by Schichau Shipyard, Danzig, Germany, 1900. 13,182 gross tons; 581 (bp) feet long; 62 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engines, twin screw.  Service speed 15 knots.  788 passengers (299 first class, 317 second class, 172 third class).

Built for North German Lloyd, German flag, in 1900 and named Grosser Kurfuerst. Bremerhaven-New York and Bremerhaven-Australia service. Laid up at New York 1914-1917. Seized by United States Navy, American flag, in 1917 and renamed USS Aeolus. Transferred to the US Shipping Board in 1919. Chartered by Los Angeles Steamship Company, in 1922 and renamed City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles-Honolulu service. Laid-up 1933-37; scrapped in Japan in 1937.


Built by Sir Laing & Son Ltd, Deptford, England, 1907. 3,657 gross tons; 345 (bp) feet long; 44 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engine, single screw.  Service speed 13 knots.  Cargo ship.

Built for Quebec Steamship Company, Canadian flag, in 1907 and named Guiana. West Indies to New York service. Scrapped in 1925.