The steamship "RHEIN", the second of two vessels of this name owned by Norddeutscher Lloyd, was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (yard #137), and launched on September 20, 1899. 10,058 tons; 158,5 x 17,70 meters (length x breadth); 1 funnel, 4 masts; twin-screw propulsion, quadruple-expansion engines, service speed 13 knots; accommodation for 139 passengers in 1st class, 125 in 2nd class, and 2,500 in steerage; crew of 174, designed as freight/emigrant carriers, it made it's maiden voyage on December 9, 1899. The Rhein's first voyage from Bremen, Germany to New York was on May 6, 1900.
On April 6, 1917, the ship was seized at Baltimore by the U.S. Government; renamed SUSQUEHANNA (U.S. Navy transport) and was used as a transport during the Boxer Expedition. The Rhein was sold to Japan February 25, 1929; it arrived at Yokohama under the Japanese flag and scrapped.