SS König Albert

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Career (Germany) Kaiserliche Marine Jack
Name: SS König Albert
Owner: Norddeutscher Lloyd
Builder: Stettiner Vulcan, Stettin, Germany
Yard number: 242
Launched: 24 June 1899
Maiden voyage: 4 October 1899
Fate: Seized by Italian Government May 25 1915
Name: Fernandino Palaciano
Acquired: 1915
Renamed: Italia 1923
Fate: Broken up Italy 1929
General characteristics
Tonnage: 10,484 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 521 ft (158.8 m)
Beam: 60.2 ft (18.3 m)
Propulsion: two quadruple-expansion steam engines, (8,000 hp/6,000 kW)
twin screw propellers
Speed: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h)
Crew: 230

The SS König Albert was a German Barbarossa class ocean liner owned by the Norddeutscher Lloyd Line. Interned in Italy at the outbreak of World War I, she was seized by the Italian Government in 1915 and converted to a hospital ship. Sold into merchant service in 1920, she was used as a transport for the Italian Navy, before being scrapped in 1926.[1]


SS König Albert

The SS König Albert was built by Stettiner Vulcan of Stettin, Germany for the Norddeutscher Lloyd Line of Bremen, and launched in 1899. She sailed on her maiden voyage from Hamburg, via the Suez Canal to the Far East. She completed eight round voyages on this service and was then transferred on 3 March 1903 to the Bremen - Cherbourg - New York route for a single voyage. On 16 April 1903 she went to the Genoa - Naples - New York run and stayed mainly on this service until commencing her last voyage on 11 June 1914.

On the outbreak of World War I, SS König Albert, like many of her sister ships, was interned in a neutral country to avoid capture by the Royal Navy. When Italy joined the war in May, 1915, the ship was seized by the Italian Government.

Ferdinando Palasciano

The ship was converted to a hospital ship and renamed the Ferdinando Palasciano,[1] after the Italian physician and politician Ferdinando Palasciano.

In 1920, the ship was chartered to Navigazione Generale Italiana of Genoa and on June 15, 1920 commenced her first voyage Genoa - Naples - New York. She completed 6 round trip voyages on this route, the last one commencing April 13, 1921.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Arnold Kludas. Great Passenger Ships of the World Vol 1 1858-1912. Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 18. ISBN 0-85059-174-0. 

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