The Imperator, launched in May 1912, was Germany's pride and joy. This is clearly reflected in the beautifully sculpted bronze figurehead that adorned her bow. The eagle - an old symbol for Germany - wears the imperial crown and has its talons wrapped around the globe, which reads Mein Felt ist die Welt ("My field is the world"), the motto for the Hamburg America Line.
It was not to last long, however. The figurehead was severely damaged during a fierce Atlantic storm in 1914 - the eagle's wings were torn off and the statue was eventually removed altogether.