Dickinson Co., KS AHGP-Hekla


Hekla, of the Danish "Thingvalla Line"

The Hekla was actually the Hekla II, since the first ship of that name sunk in 1883 after less than a year of service.  Part of the "Thingvalla Line", the steamer had quite a long life-span,  launched from Christiania, Norway on Feb. 29, 1884, and beginning her maiden voyage to New York two weeks later from Copenhagen, Denmark with a full load of 990 passengers. Approximately half were Danish, the other half Norgwegian, as was typical for most of the Hekla's trips, although the boat was not always filled to capacity.  The Hekla suffered its share of mechanical problems, but was always repaired in due time and continued to serve the "Thingvalla Line" until the demise of that line in 1898, at which time the Hekla was sold to the "Scandanavia America Line", and after changing hands and also names a couple of times after that, was scrapped in 1910.