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United American Lines

Formed 1926 between American Ship & Commerce Corporation, New York, an offshoot of the American-Hawaiian Line and Hamburg America Line to operate a joint North Atlantic passenger service. By 1926 HAPAG had recovered sufficiently from their war losses to commence weekly sailings to the USA and the American chairman, William A. Harriman after discussions with HAPAG, transferred three ships to the German owners. The other three ships transferred to the New York - California route and were later scrapped or sold.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.


  • Hamburg - Southampton / Plymouth - Boulogne / Cherbourg - New York
  • New York - Panama Canal - San Francisco.

Yellow with two narrow blue bands.


Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Cleveland 1908 ex- King Alexander, 1923 purchased from Byron Line renamed Cleveland, (Panamanian registry), 1926 sold to HAPAG. 15,746
Mount Carroll 1921 1925 sold to Matson Line renamed Maunawili. 7,469
Mount Clay 1904 ex- Prinz Eitel Friedrich (NGL), ex- De Kalb, 1920 purchased from US Government renamed Mount Clay, 1934 scrapped. 8,865
Mount Clinton 1921 1925 sold to Matson Line renamed Maunalei. 7,510
Reliance 1914 ex- Limburgia, 1922 purchased from Royal Holland Lloyd renamed Reliance, 1922 transferred to Panamanian registry, 1926 sold to HAPAG. 19,582
Resolute 1914 ex- Brabantia, 1922 purchased from Royal Holland Lloyd renamed Resolute, 1922 transferred to Panamanian registry, 1926 sold to HAPAG. 19,653
(Three ships placed under Panamanian flag to circumvent the Volstead Prohibition Act)

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