Built by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, and launched in October 1874.
Delivered to the . . . Dampskibsselskabet for their East Asia lines.
According to a woodcut by Balboe [?] in Ny Illustrert Tidskrift she was
originally rigged as a barque, but a later [1893?] oil painting by A.J. Jacobsen
[?] shows her rigged as a barquentine.
The compound engine was constructed by Burmeister & Wain and had a low pressure
cylinder of 60 inch diameter and a high pressure cylinder of 30 inch and with a
stroke length of 36 inches.
- A collision between SS Thingvalla and SS
Geiser took place 30 miles south of Sable Island, Newfound Land. The
local time was 04:20 onboard the Thingvalla and 03:45 according
Geiser time. The Thingvalla hit SS Geiser midships at the
starboard side and she sank after five minutes.
At the time the weather was foggy with some rain but the sea was
not rough. Only three of Geisers boats were launched but all foundered.
79 of Geisers passengers and 26 of the crew lost their lives.
There is a photograph by James Ross, Halifax, showing SS Thingvalla at
the harbour quay in Halifax where she came for reparation of the bow.
The survivors from the Geiser and all the passengers of the
Thingvalla were taken onboard the German mail steamer Wieland.
Onboard the Thingvalla first the order "Stand by" was given to the
machine room followed shortly by "Full astern/reverse". Only 40-50 revolutions
in reverse were achieved before the collision took place.
The stem of the Thingvalla was crushed but the the forward collision
bulkhead held. Even though the bulkhead was re-enforced, it began to leak badly
and most part of the distance to Halifax was steamed backwards to save the
There is a model of the Thingvalla at the Handels- og
Søfartsmuseum at Kronborg. Helsingør.
This model is rigged as a barquentine and has the ships' name painted at the
side in large letters [H&S 1949, p 119].
- 1880 February 17
- Rescued the crew of the W.H. Webb built packet
ship Alexander Marshall which had sprung a leak in the North Atlantic
en route New York - London with a cargo of petroleum and oil in barrels.
- 1880 February 23
- The rescued crew was landed at Yarmouth,
Isle of Wight.
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