1901 (Carlo Marquardt CM-140)
- Type: Passenger
- Displacement: 14,908 tons
- Dimensions: 664 x 66 ft.
- Machinery: Steam triple expansion, twin screws = 22 knots
- Passengers: 1761 (367 first class, 340 second class, 1054 steerage)
- Builder: Vulkan Shipyards, Stettin, Germany, 1901
- Service: Built for North German Lloyd Line. Hamburg-New York
service. Second of four in their series four-stackers. Briefly took the
westbound Blue Riband from the Hamburg-America liner Deutschland
but then lost it back. Involved in a number of collisions during her
career, including running down and sinking the cargo ship
Robert Ingham and severely damaging the British destroyer HMS
Wizard in 1902. Also hit a small iceberg in 1907, but with minor
damage. In America at the outbreak of World War I, she sailed 3 Aug 1914 and
rendezvoused three days later with the German cruiser Karlsruhe,
converting to a merchant cruiser by taking on two 88mm guns. During an
eight month cruise whe captured and sank 14 ships of 58,201 tons, before
accepting internment in the United States at Newport News. When the U.S.
declared war in 1917, whe was confiscated for use as a troopship and renamed
USS Von Steuben. After the war, she was laid up in Oct 1919 and
finally sold for scrapping in 1923.