OCEAN LINER HISTORY – 1939 NEW YORK CARIBBEAN CRUISE FOR AMERICANS ABOARD NAZI SHIP – SS COLUMBUS
(SS Columbus being scuttled) At the outbreak of World War Two, SS Columbus was returning to New York form a cruise in the Caribbean when her captain received orders to put into Havana.
Further orders were received while at Havana to unload the 745 passengers and make a run for Germany.
After a British man-o-war tracked Columbus down on route to Germany, her crew took the decision to scuttle their ship rather than have it fall into the hands of the enemy.
On September 20th 1939, Columbus went down on fire 400 miles off the American coast. The American cruiser Tuscaloosa picked up her crew of 579.
SS Columbus – the fastest German liner
Shore boat of the SS Columbus on her last cruise out of New York – flying the Nazi flag.
Buffet – American passengers being served in 1939 on the last cruise of the SS Columbus
These are views from the last cruise of the SS Columbus before WW 2.