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S.S. Columbus Research Collection

Identifier: AC 541-p

Scope and Content

1930's era S.S. Columbus souvenir logbook, menu, passenger list, Certificate of having served on the S.S. Columbus (German Record for Julius Werner Prager), and 2 photographs. Also included are a 2011 El Palacio article "German Sailors on the High Desert - a World War II German Detainment Camp at Fort Stanton."


  • 1936-2011

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Information

The S.S. Columbus was the flagship of the German Norddeutscher Lloyd. On a Caribbean cruise at the beginning of World War II in 1939, the passengers were ordered to disembark in Havana, Cuba. Later, to avoid the ship falling in British hands, the S.S. Columbus was scuttled by its crew, and 576 crew members were picked up from their lifeboats by a U.S. destroyer. In 1940 and 1941, the German crew and officers were moved to Fort Stanton, New Mexico.


1 Folder

Guide to the S.S. Columbus Research Collection, 1936-2011
Edited Full Draft
© 2013
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090