After rail connections were established to
Trelleborg in 1875 and Sassnitz in 1891, plans
were drawn up for a mail steamer line to
Scandinavia. The “Freia”
completed a test voyage for this route on 3rd
June 1891, and on 29th April 1897 a regular
service to Sweden was launched. In addition to
the “Freia”, the line
was run by the Swedish steamers “Rex” (beached
off Rügen on 27th January 1900) and “Svea”, as
well as the German steamers “Imperator” and “Hertha”.
The mail steamer agreement of 1907 between
Germany and Sweden provided legislation for the
commissioning of railway ferries “Deutschland”
Braeunlich received state compensation.