Some info about the ship (ss GERA) that Grandfather Nieradka came over on

Hi all,
    It was interesting reading Cioci Eva's family history.  Maybe our family history can be turned into to the next HBO hit ( like the Soprano's). The best was on page 8 of 14 which reads , " Mr. Stolarz, with whom Mother boarded, had made father's acquaintance and told him he had a nice girl for him and introduced him to Mother, which ended in their marriage.  What a great way to put it. Anyway....
attached is some info on the ship that grandfather Nieradka came over on from  Bremen,Germany.
                                        Stay well,

Launched 1890: ss GERA
built by Fairfield Govan,
Yard No 353

Last Name: VALPARAISO (1908)
Propulsion: steam, single screw, 13 knots
Launched: Saturday, 08 November 1890
Built: 1891
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Ship's Role: Transatlantic and Far East/Australia
Tonnage: 5005 grt
Length: 415 feet
Breadth: 48 feet
Owner History:
Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen
Lloyd del Pacifico (1908)
Status: Sunk - 14/10/1917

Remarks: Torpedoed and sunk by German submarine off Libyan coast
Additional data by Bruce Biddulph
Previous update by Stuart Cameron

Last updated: by Bruce Biddulph from the original records by Stuart Cameron

The GERA was a 5,005 gross ton ship, length 415ft x beam 48ft, one funnel, two masts, single screw and a speed of 13 knots. There was accommodation for 49-1st, 38-2nd and 1,901-3rd class passengers. Built by Fairfield Co, Glasgow, she was launched on 8th Nov.1890 for
North German Lloyd of Bremen. Her maiden voyage from Bremen to Baltimore started on 2nd Apr.1891, and on 24th Jun.1891 she started her first Bremen - South America voyage. On 28th Jul.1892 she commenced her first sailing between Bremen, New York and Baltimore and on 19th Jul.1893 started her first Bremen - Suez - Far East run. Her first Bremen - Suez - Australia voyage started on 22nd Nov.1893 and on 25th Mar.1903 she commenced the first of three Genoa - Naples - New York sailings. 10th Dec.1903 saw her start the first of five Hamburg - Far East voyages and on 1st Apr.1905 she commenced her last Bremen - Baltimore voyage. Her 18th and last Bremen - Australia voyage started on 8th Aug.1906 and on 15th Dec.1906 she resumed Bremen - South America sailings. Her final Bremen - New York sailing started on 12th Apr.1907 (22 round voyages on the North Atlantic) and her last Bremen - South America voyage started 7th Sep.1907. Sold to the Italian owned company, Lloyd del Pacifico in 1908, she was renamed VALPARAISO and on 14th Oct.1917 was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Libya. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p.555]


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  • 5/22/2007 6:24 PM Richard Klonfas wrote:
    Great info about the "Gera." Is that a picture of the actual vessel on top? I searched the net looking for images but I didn't have any luck. I'd sure love a copy of the jpeg (full size) for my files!

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    1. 5/23/2007 6:45 AM John wrote:
      Yes, it is a picture of the ship.  Forgot where I found it, searching the web a bit but the size is the same as what I found.  If I can find a better one will pass you a copy. 
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