|The SS Werra was built by John Elder & Co, Glasgow for
Norddeutscher Lloyd and was launched on July 4,1882. The iron-hull
ship was 433.1 ft in length, 45.9 ft in breath and had a gross weight
of 4,817 tons. She had two funnels, four masts, a single screw and
traveled at a speed of 16 knots. The ship could accommodate125
first-class, 130 second-class and 1,000 third-class passengers. Her
maiden voyage from Bremen to Southampton and New York began on October
12, 1882 .
After her last voyage on this route on November 9, 1891, the Werra
was transferred to the Genoa - New York run. Between December1898 and
the summer of 1899 she was chartered to Spain to repatriate Spanish
troops from Cuba. On September 24,.1899 she began sailing from Bremen
to Southampton, New York, Naples and Genoa. Following her final voyage
between Genoa, Naples and New York, which began August 28,1901, she
Source: Ted Finch who cited
North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2, p.552.