The Prinzess Irene 1911.

The Prinzess Irene 1911.





On April 6, 1911, the German ocean liner “Prinzess Irene” struck a sand bar off Fire Island one mile east of Lone Hill (now Fire Island Pines.) She was carrying 1725 passengers, a crew of 263, and a large general cargo. Life saving units from Lone Hill, Point O’Woods, and Blue Point transferred all passengers to the liner Prince Frederick in the space of a few hours. Tugboats worked to free the ship, which was floated after 83 hours and was assisted to harbor in Hoboken, having suffered only minor damage.


Lone Hill ( now the Pines) was the home of a Coast Guard Life Saving Station. These stations were used during the war for observation to watch for submarines and German U-Boats. Twenty three Live Saving Stations were established in Suffolk County, numbers 15 through 25 in the area Fire Island inlet to Shinnecock. The stations were equipped with a cannon and shot for firing a line to a ship, a life car, and a breeches buoy. A breeches buoy is a round life ring from which hang two canvas legs for a survivor to step into and be hauled on shore.

 The passengers consisted of many immigrants on their way to the freedom of the America. After being towed back to New York they were sent to Ellis Island for registration.



Details of the Prinzess Irene 

10881 tons 159.55m long x 18.35m wide (523.5ft x 60.2ft) Straight bow, two funnels, 2 masts, two propellers, 8 quadruple engines giving a speed of 15 knots.

Passengers 1st class 240, 2nd class 162, 3rd class 1954.

Built by AG Vulcan, Stettin for North German Lloyd

19 Jun 1900 launched for the Far East Service

9 Sep 1900 maiden voyage Bremen – Southampton – Cherbourg – New York (1 return

31 Oct 1900 first voyage Bremen – Suez Canal – Far East (7 return voyages)

30 Apr 1903 first voyage Genoa – Naples – New York

6 Apr 1910 stranded on Long Island, NY refloated and repaired at Newport News

9 Jul 1914 last voyage Genoa – Naples – New York arriving 22 Jul

Apr 1917 sailed by the USA at New York

Renamed Pocahontas for the US Government

26 Feb 1921 first voyage for US Mail New York – Naples – Genoa 2 return voyages.

Accommodation is cabin class 350, 3rd class 900

22 May 1921 3rd voyage New York – Gibraltar, where she was laid up with a machinery defect

1922 bought by North German Lloyd, her original owners, at Gibraltar and towed to Germany where she was reconditioned and renamed Bremen

7 Apr 1923 first voyage Bremen – New York

Apr 1926 accommodation was cabin, tourist third cabin and 3rd class
28 Sep 1927 last voyage Bremen – Cobh – New York

1928 renamed Karlsruhe to make way for a new express liner

29 Jan 1928 first voyage Bremen – Cobh – New York

16 Aug 1931 last voyage Bremen – Boulogne – Galway – Halifax – New York – Havana – Vera Cruz – Tampico

Jun 1932 first voyage Bremen – Halifax – Galveston

20 Aug 1932 last voyage Bremen – Galveston

1932 scrapped at Bremerhaven

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