DFDS Line History and Index



The Danish banker Carl Frederik Tietgen was responsible for the 1866 merger of Denmarks three largest shipping companies to form DFDS "Det Forenede Dampskibs- Selskab" (The United Steamship Company). The company began with 19 ships and established a network of domestic services, and international routes within the Baltic, as well as to Norway, Iceland, Scotland, England and Germany.

The company continued to expand and establish routes to the Mediterranean, Black Sea, New Orleans, New York and South America. During the early 1960s, Rederiet J Lauritzen began acquiring shares in DFDS and by 1964 they owned more than 50% of the company. This greatly strengthened DFDS, but the two companies continued an independent existence.

In 1979 DFDS established Scandanavian World Cruises to build and operate a large cruise/car ferry on a New York – Bahamas – Miami service. The concept was a complete failure and came near to destroying DFDS, which only survived because of the support of Lauritzen.

A much more successful development was the 1982 acquisition of the Swedish Tor Line. In subsequent years the operation of these two companies has been rationalised and today freight activities are operated in the DFDS Tor Line while passenger activities are operated by DFDS Seaways. The main customer groups consist of holidaymakers traveling by car, Mini Cruise passengers, group travel and transport and conference passengers.  


Page Link Ships on Page
DFDS Line Ships (1):
Aalborghus to Diana
Aalborghus, Argentina, Arkansas, Blenda, Broholm, Broager, Brynhild, Colorado, Colombia, Diana
DFDS Line Ships (2):
England to Wisconsin
England, Ficaria, Hans Broge, Lemnos, Ohio, Parkeston, Primula, Rhodos, Wisconsin

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