The Americans

All Americans from sea to shining sea.

United States Lines: SS US Special Notice to Passengers

In a nutshell…”Keep your valuables locked up” … theft was always an issue when the ships were in port and visitors could walk freely aboard.

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United States Lines: SS US Gala Menu and Daily program 9/26/66

Gala Menu and Daily Program for the mighty SSUS … Richard Ridington was in command on this particular voyage. The ship was travelling eastbound for Europe.

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United States Lines: SS America Gala Menu 7/12/1952 John Anderson Captain

Excellent Gala Menu for the America with her  Famous early image of the ship by Alyward. John Anderson was in command of the ship for this voyage dated 7/12/1952 (someplace she would cross paths with the new SSUS on her maiden Voyage) … he would soon become master of the SSUS. A couple of “wine” blemishes on the cover but still a nice early menu.

 

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United States Lines: SS America First Class Deck Plan

Excellent FCDP for the lovely America … colorful graphic designs by Lester Beal and full of excellent interior photography. LA, CA agency stamp on rear.

 

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United States Lines: Navajo Lounge booklet

Great little booklet “The Desert Goes to Sea” … the murals in the cocktail lounge of the SSUS. Great condition other than a small chip off the back cover.

 

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United States Lines: SSUS Congo Drum Cruise Deck Plan

Great Cruise deck plan for the mighty SSUS … adorned with condo drum, maraca and other instrument players.

 

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APL: President Polk Labor Day Dinner Menu 9/2/1963

Fancy dinner menu for the President Polk as she was en route to Yokohama on cruise around the world voyage 62. These folks ate well!

 

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Matson Line: 1962 Monterey Passenger List

Great PL for the lovely Little Monterey as she was sailing form Hawaii to San Francisco on July 26th 1962.

 

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United States Lines: SSUS 1984 Guernsey’s Auction Catalogue of her Contents

One of the best reference materials for the ship was this 1984 auction catalogue … packed with unique lots of furniture, artwork, towels, teapots, toilets … basically everything onboard … all was for sale! I sure wish I would have been old enough to go to the auction!

 

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United States Lines: SSUS The Captain’s Table Recipe booklet

 Explore Some of the best food on the Atlantic … 18 recipes from the SSUS and SS America.

 

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United States Lines: SSUS 160 Westbound Log Card

Excellent log card for the ships voyage 160 west bound to NY from Southampton via Le Harve.

 

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United States Lines: Stateroom and Hold Baggage tag set.

Nice set of unused tags for the USL … probably dating to the later 1940’s.

 

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Clipper Line: SS Milwaukee clipper 1969 season foldout

Nice fold out for the Milwaukee Clippers 69 season … one of her last before her retirement. Great condition with nice photos and rate-schedule info. She is docked about a mile from my home.

 

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Georgian Bay Line: 1962 Deluxe Season Fold Out

Nice full season fold out for the GBL boats” North and South American. Super photos and graphics. The would be the last season the 2 sisters streamed together … the NA would be sold to Canadian Holidays before the 1963 season.

 

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United States Lines: SS America Cruise Plan

Great copy of the colorful SS America cruise plans … I bet a West Indies cruise on this little al would have been just delightful. Printed double sided on heavier newsprint like paper.

 

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Book: Great American Passenger Ships by Bill Miller

One of Billy Milly’s excellent overview books… filled with photos and info on the greatest American passenger ships. This was an Ex library book and discarded from the Pulaski, Va Library. A great book and priced accordingly.

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Eastern Steamship: SS Ariadne Fold out and Deck Plan

She started life for Hapag … but they soon sold her and decided to focus on the freight side of the business. She spent may many years sailing for Eastern sailing the Caribbean. The is dated for May 1963 and is in like new condition.

 

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Grace Line: Cruises to California 1936

Excellent fold out for Grace’s cruises to California through the Panama Canal. These scenic cruises would depart every 2 weeks and travel through several exotic south and central American ports. Includes a deck plan and covers Santa’s Elena, Rosa and Paula. Nice condition with typical little holds at the joining fold lines.

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Chandris: Ultimate Australis Brochure **Restocked**

 

The crafty and thrifty Greeks always made good use of secondhand tonnage … and they loved using American ships for their quality construction. The Greeks snapped up the SS America when USL decided to sell her in the mid 1960’s and made a fortune with the immigrant trade to Australia. She had several name and ownership changes and wrecked off the Canary Islands on her way to becoming a hotel in the far east. A sad ending to a spectacular and charming ship. An excellent copy in like new condition and full of spectacular photography that shows off her American Heritage well.

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American Export: SS Constitution Publicity Photo

Lovely publicity view of the Connie later in her life …. Well after her forward superstructure was rebuilt and her hull was painted white. Years later she and her sister would revive cruising around the Hawaiian Islands. She would later sink on her way to the scrappers.

 

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United States Lines: SS United States Trials Booklet

Once of the most sought after items from the Ships EARLY life  is this excellent trials booklet that was published in celebration of the chips completion and Trials off the Virginia Capes. Filled with info on the ship , trials schedules, decoration info, a portside centerfold profile, general ship facts and a list of suppliers … all in all 31 pages dedicated to the ship. I have had a few of these over the years … and they are getting harder to find all the time … and this one is in very good condition with just a little light blemishing to the cover and some little writing on the back cover.

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United States Lines: SS America Cabin Passenger list 1950

Passenger list for the America … an eastbound voyage from NYC to Southampton via Cobh and Le Havre departing on 9/9/1950. Very nice condition with age appropriate toning to the paper

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United States Lines: SS American Gala Menu 1950

Great Gala Menu form the SS America dated Sept 14, 1950. America was sailing eastbound … and the clocks were advance and hour at midnight. Lovely delicious sounding and diverse fare on the menu … what a meal! Good condition with some toning to the cover. Lovely astrology symbols  encircle a starboard bow rendering of the ship.

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Waterman: Puerto Rico Guide and cruise letter

Nice Puerto Rico guide and cruise letter for the Waterman Lines. Undated .. but I’m guessing late 1950’s. 12 day cruise for $230 or 245 seems like a pretty good deal to me!

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United States Lines: SS United States Blank “Presents” Program

A nice plank copy of the a program folder … lovely life ring graphic.

 

 

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