Click to enlarge, Fred Pansing painting

SS Kaiserin Auguste Victoria

36” round dome

In 1907, our family’s ancestors made the life-altering, one-way, transatlantic voyage from Germany to New York on Hamburg-America Line’s magnificent flagship. Built in Poland in 1905, it was the world’s largest luxury ocean liner (1,897 passengers) until Cunard’s ill-fated Lusitania (2,198 passengers) outsized it by 100 feet just one year later. During its 25 years of service, the 678 ft. twin-screw behemoth brought thousands of immigrants to America, served briefly in WW1 as a U.S. troop repatriation ship, and in its final decade sailed as the newly remodeled RMS Empress of Scotland. Gracefully domed three inches at the center.