MS Cap San Diego

Luke 3 Überseebrücke
Hamburg 20459

There is no doubt that the superb 1962 built MS Cap San Diego is one of the finest preserved ships that came out of six fast passenger cargo liners, that was constructed especially for a fine German shipping companies in Hamburg and she sailed between Hamburg and South America until 1981. Thereafter she had a varied career under two other operators, until obtained to be restored and retained as a fully operational Maritime Museum and Hotel in Hamburg.

The last of a very attractive series of six passenger cargo ships built for Hamburg Süd Reederei, was the MS Cap San Diego which was constructed by the Deutsche Werft AG in Hamburg. She was simply known as hull number 785. Her keel was laid down on April 10, 1961, and was launched and named later that year on December 15. After her fitting out was completed she was delivered and officially handed over to her owners on March 27, 1962, which was quite a feat to see a ship laid down and delivered within a year, that speaks of typical German efficiency! Having been delivered to Hamburg Süd Reederei she had two days to load her cargo and finally her fortunate passengers before she departed on her maiden voyage for South America, a great beginning of a faithful Trans-Atlantic service that would include call to North America as well!



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