Passenger ship SS Scharnhorst (1934) voyages

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Does anyone know about the sailings of the SS Scharnhorst (1934), particularly in the 1937/8 period?  I seem to be drawing a blank on records for this ship.  Any help will be appreciated.  Thanks.


in Genealogy Help by Living Cowan G2G6 (8.7k points)
edited by Living Cowan

I have hit the jackpot on this one.  I found the UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960. Both individuals were named on the arrivals at Southampton on 21 Jan 1938 as passengers on the SS Scharnhorst.  They had decided to return from Hong Kong to England knowing that Churchill had stated he would not defend Hong Kong. 

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Wow! Thanks for your good work.
The category you posted doesn't have a link on it. Do you mind posting the link just out of interest?
I have put the link on the original question.  Email is doing something strange right now.
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The only Scharnhorst I know of was launched in 1936, continued fitting out till 1938, then converted to a battleship in 1939 and sank at Nordkapp in 1943. Is this the same ship as you are asking about?
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (633k points)
Hi.  Your Scharnhorst was a different ship, a more famous one. Mine was captured by the Japanese, converted to an aircraft carrier and sunk by the Americans in 1944.  Have a look at these websites: and

Rather confusing smiley

Too right! :-)

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