THE BURNING OF THE
'VOLTURNO' - PAGE 73
S.S. GROSSER KURFÜRST - (4th page)
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This page is, as is true with other pages,
a work in progress!
The page commences with some interesting early postcard images of captains of the Grosser Kurfürst,
dating from 1903. But who knows what the page will contain in the future. The
webmaster certainly does not know what will later be found & added into the
site. If you can help with data & images, I would surely welcome
OTHER CAPTAINS OF THE GROSSER KURFÜRST
Now it would seem that passengers were given, or more likely could buy, postcards with the faces of the Grosser Kurfürst captain of their particular voyage. I guess that is still true today, isn't it? Anyway here is a multiple image with four such postcards from the early 1900s. The image at top left would seem to date from 1903. (Kapitän Prehn). The one at top right from 1905. (Kapitän Mentz). Below are two different cards with the same Captain - I believe from 1903 also. (Kapitän W. Reimkasten). All are ex e-Bay after a little assembly work on my part.
Now James Rappaport, of 'Planet Books', Long Beach, California, kindly wrote in to say that he had a 1903 postcard of Grosser Kurfürst, mailed to Los Angeles from Cherbourg, France, featuring Kapitän W. Reimkasten. To add to my 'collection'. I feature it next. We thank you James!
Thanks to Mr. Don Poppe, & his family archival records, I can now tell you a little about Captain W. Reimkasten - correctly Wilhelm (William) Christian Heinrich (Henry) Reimkasten (1850?/1905). He was born at or about 1850 (between 1850 & 1854) likely at Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany. He was Chief Officer of Main when that steamship became disabled off the New Jersey coast in Jul. 1883. In 1892, he was the Captain of Trave, a North German Lloyd steamer, which collided with Fred B. Taylor (which sank), on Jun. 22, 1892 in thick fog about 400 miles E. of New York. Trave carried Fred B. Taylor's captain (E. F. Hulbert) & 19 crew members to Southampton. Minimal damage to Trave in the collision, it would appear. In 1896 he was captain of Ems, also a North German Lloyd steamer, when that vessel became disabled & had to be towed to Fayal, Azores, by Wild Flower. And he was Captain of Bremen from 1897 to 1899. And, as we already know, he was a Captain of Grosser Kurfürst. Described in the New York Times as a 'careful & competent commander'. He married Anna Dannemann in 1883 & the couple had 5 children. He died at Bremerhaven, Germany, on Apl. 5, 1905, at the rather young age of 55.
I have not bothered the vendor with a request to use the listing images here. The vendor would appear to be a large dealer indeed, & I would prefer not to bother him & waste his valuable time. I provided however a link to both the item, & to the vendor's store. And invited you to visit both. But if the vendor would prefer the images to be removed, I will of course do so. The item sold for U.S. $9.99.
The captain of the ship re a voyage from Naples to New York on Apl. 10, 1909 was was Kapitän Langreuter
(no first name indicated) as
per a passenger list offered in Feb. 2008. Which is a puzzle because a most beautiful
menu dated Apl. 19, 1909
listed Kapitän G. Rott as the then Captain.
I hope that I can be permitted to feature
next on this page a
ornate beer stein, that features the Grosser Kurfürst. What a
beautiful stein! And surely most rare. Having followed e-Bay listings re the vessel for a number of years now, only once
before have I seen such an item listed, in Aug. of 2004 (image
Such a stein was sold via e-Bay in
Jan. 2006 - for U.S. $182.40. It is 11 inches tall & is, as you can see lidded. Made by Emil Sahm of Grenzhausen, Germany. The vendor states
his belief that it is
of the Grosser Kurfürst on its maiden cruise from Bremerhaven to
New York on May 5, 1900, though the specific date of manufacture is unknown. The
vendor, whose specialty would seem to be china, describes it as being of 'the
heavyweight type Pre Prohibition Brewery, Beer, Tavern, Saloon, Hotel, and
Railroad type'. A beauty indeed! I have not sought permission
for the (selective) use here of the vendor's many images, thinking that he might prefer not to be
bothered by such a request &, being a major vendor, has probably
limited spare time. I however sincerely thank 'uniondepothotel' of Indiana, the
vendor. By way of thanks, I invite you to visit their e-Bay
both now & in the future.
Elsewhere in these pages, I have commented as to whether it is in order for me to present in my site pages images derived from e-Bay. The site IS non-profit & informational, most certainly. So I generally, when I present images from such a source, await the successful sale of the item. And then offer to remove the item should the vendor so request. Such then is the next image, which is of most of a postcard, maybe 80%. Why not show all the postcard? The bottom area of the card was blank. It was sold via e-Bay in late May 2006 for U.S. $39.99 & was stated to date from 1909. The vendor was 'historic_view_postcards2' whose site is here. You are invited to drop by their store. The image is very beautiful indeed. And I thank the vendor. Enjoy!
From time to time, deck plans of the vessel become available via e-Bay. One was available in Nov. 2005. But I do not think I would know how to display such a plan on this site were I ever to come across a large image of it.
For a number of years, the webmaster has regularly seen, on e-Bay,
early colour images of Grosser Kurfürst & particularly images of the
interior of the vessel. And he thought, quite incorrectly it now seems, that the
images were proprietary to the e-Bay vendor concerned & therefore not available for
display in these pages without complicated permissions. Now, thanks to the kindness of
Mr. Andrew Baker, I learn that the four images in fact originate with the 'Library of
Congress' in the U.S., that all in the public domain, & that all are freely available
to be WWW viewed in truly giant sizes. Giant? Yes, indeed. Like over 3500 pixels wide!
The third is of the 'Forward Passage'. And the 4th & final image is of the Promenade Deck. Enjoy! Are they not all most impressive.
If any visitor can clarify (or correct) or provide more information about any of these matters, I would truly welcome their help.