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German Merchant Marine

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 2:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi

I have a similar story to yours. My grandfather was also in The German Merchant Marine shipping out of Hamburg. He visited this country several times on German merchant ships and liked it so he brought his wife and 4 children to NYC in 1911 and settled in Brooklyn working as a cabinetmaker. I've tried to find a source of information/records of the German Merchant Marine on the internet to find out what Line he worked for and ships he worked on but with no luck. Do you by chance have any information on where such records might be located. Thank you.

Richard Koopmann

Re: German Merchant Marine

Posted: 18 Sep 2012 12:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
Richard

Have you found any passenger lists for him and/or the family? What were their names?

Robert

Re: German Merchant Marine

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 5:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Koopmann
Robert

My grandfather was Heinrich Wilhelm Koopmann and his wife was Marie and his 4 kids were Lydia, Alice, Charles, and Reinhart. I have a passenger list when the family came over in 1911 but that's not what I'm looking for. My grandfather had been a sailor in the German Merchant Marine prior to moving to the US. I was looking for information regarding the ships he worked/sailed on, etc. If I could find where the archives are for the German Merchant Marine (or whatever they call it)it would be a start but I can't find anything on the internet.

Rich

Re: German Merchant Marine

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 8:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Rich

I understood that you are not looking for an arrival of his family. However the occupation on the 1911 arrival manifest for Heinrich is "driver", which would seem to be a nautical occupation. The Hamburg passenger list shows his occupation as Kutscher, which translates to "coachman".

Robert

Re: German Merchant Marine

Posted: 23 Sep 2012 12:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Koopmann, Kopmann
Hi Robert,

Thanks. The info I heard regarding Heinrich was that he had been an NCO in the German Army and was part of Kaiser Wilhelm II's palace guard. This is true as I have numerous pictures of him as such. He apparently went into the German Merchant Marine after that and came to the US several times. Then there was a period when he worked in Brooklyn and drove a horse drawn delivery truck for a food market. When the family came to the US in 1911 the oldest child was 7 so he would have had to been married in 1904 or earlier. His wife name was Marie Hage and her mother's surname was Stuht. Heinrich's mother's surname was Oest. I was only 5 when he died so I didn't really know him and there is no longer anyone alive who can tell me anything more. I know Heinrich had a tattoo of an anchor and a star on his left hand. Also, all of the papers I have for him from Germany including his birth certificate and his children's spells his surname as Kopmann not Koopman although everything from the US for him and his children has the name spelled Koopman. Also the name is Koopman for everyone on the ships paper's/ticket receipt(?) from the Hamburg-America Line.
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