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Atlas German Colonies, with Yearbook, edited by the German Colonial Society, 1906, World Map
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On the survey of German Colonial Possessions and the German Empire's mail steamer lines

Trade : The total German trade on its own account, in the years 1901, 1902, 
1903 and 1904 amounted to the following figures :

  Imports Exports
  tons Mark tons Mark
1901 45 356 500 6 016 200 000 33 324 400 4 825 200 000
1902 44 134 500 6 093 500 000 36 075 100 5 130 800 000
1903 48 436 369 6 675 499 000 39 369 169 5 457 513 000
1904 49 982 990 7 234 391 000 39 814 166 5 700 282 000

Merchant fleet : The German merchant fleet ranks third in combined capacity, behind the British and North American, but ranks second in regard to the number and capacity of merchant steamers. On January 1st 1904 the total crew of the German merchant navy was 58,747 men.

Inventory of the German merchant navy:

number of ships register tons crew
1871 1904 1871 1904 1871 1904
sailing boats 4 372 2 258 900 361 542 017 34 739 12 701 Mann
steamers 147 1 622 81 994 2 839 927 4 736 46 046 Mann
total 4 519 3 880 982 355 3 381 944 39 475 58 474 Mann

Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy) 1 : The Imperial Navy had at its disposal on January 1st 1905 27 ships-of-the-line, of which 5 were outdated (built 1877-1880) and 4 substandard, 8 coastal ironclad vessels, 6 battle cruisers, 6 large cruisers, 37 small cruisers, 10 canon boats, 20 school ships, 12 special ships, 7 port ships, in total 114 warships, with a combined crew of 40,822 men.

Emigration : In the last six years, German overseas emigration has gradually increased. In 1903 it had reached the figure of 36,310, but sank in 1904 to 27,984. In comparison to the 70es and 80es, this figure is low. In 1872 the emigration of Reich nationals amounted to 128,152; then it sank sharply, then to rise again, reaching 220,902 in 1880; then it decreased gradually, and from 1893 onward sharply. Of the emigrants in 1904, via German and foreign ports, 26.085 left for the USA, 355 for Brazil, 648 for other parts of America, 78 for Africa, two for Asia, 97 for Australia.



 


Source: Deutscher Kolonial-Atlas mit Jahrbuch (Atlas German Colonies with Yearbook), edited by the Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft (German Colonial Society). Berlin 1906, p.2

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