The one and only commercial Neuclear powere ship .. the NS Savannah. Frank Braynard suggested the name for the ship to honor the first steam powed vessel to cross the ocean the SS Savannah of 1819 .. who was alos American. The “Atoms for Peace” ship was never really profitable… but she did demonstrate a Nuclear ship could be built, clean and functional, She can be toured today in Baltimore harbor when she is maintained. The cards did come from Frank’s VAST collection .. he had stacks! great condition and unused.
Lovely deckplan for the Roosevelt. Not sure why it is marked preliminary … certain was printed later in her APL career. Lovely picture of the lady passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Excellent deck plan for the inaugural year of service for the ss Atlantic .. which joined American Export after her one class services with American Banner Line flopped. She said on for many, many years as the university ship the SS Universe. The plan is in great shape . stock photo
Probably the best brochure for the great SS Leviathan … this one is chock full of interior photos … all showing the gleaming reconditioned interiors. Gibbs spared no expense in reconditioning the ship to be the best ocean liner in service. The ornate cover is embellished with golden highlights. Lovely profile of the ship … and interesting glowing and descriptive text. Interestingly, Gibbs for sure would have been involved in the brochure’s design … he was watchful over all details.
Excellent Brass and Marble trophy for the Santa Mercedes .. in pristine shape with original box. Built for Grace and sold to Delta when Grace gave up on passenger service. The ships were built without traditional funnels .. and their funnels were added later in life for pretty much aesthetic reasons. The green box has a hole in the top where the funnel has slightly punctured it.
Excellent Brass and Marble trophy for the Santa Mercedes .. in pristine shape with original box. Built for Grace and sold to Delta when Grace gave up on passenger service. The ships were built without traditional funnels .. and their funnels were added later in life for pretty much aesthetic reasons. The green box is in excellent shape.
The great American fleet to the Mediterranean … the 4 prewar aces of American export … for Yankee cruises deluxe to the Mediterranean. Lovely little ships .. these are super enormous fold out deck plans with large Photos of interiors . The isometric deckplans and drawing are just outstanding … and these are some of the largest folding plans ever done! There is some edge ware and separation at the seam folds … but in good condition for the age. A little cello tape repair too … racy Clipper ship on the cover!
These 4 little ladies were the work horses of the AE fleet … and carried passengers and freight. Lovely booklet type deckplan … I love the design! These little ladies went on to have long lives for various owners.
The Indy and Connie were our main liners to the Mediterranean. There exterior and Interior design were certainly wonderful. Impeccable little booklet type deckplan with a blue cover .. I really prefer there over the multi fold plans that were done at other times . Both liners had long life’s and finished their careers in the Hawaiian market. Excellent condition! Note this is a later plan … their original rounded superstructure has been remodeled and squared off.
Touted as :modern American Living at Sea …the Indy and Connie were our main liners to the Mediterranean. There exterior and Interior design were certainly wonderful. Impeccable little booklet type deckplan .. I really prefer there over the multi fold plans that were done at other times . Both liners had long life’s and finished their careers in the Hawaiian market.
Outstanding German Photographic postcard of the beloved SS America. She was the main American on the scene until the SSUS made her 1952 debut. She went to the Greeks and spent many years as the Australis and later Italis and other names. Wonderful and sharp BW view to the little gal!
Outstanding, huge and magnificent deck plan done to cover AE’s popular 4 Aces. I have often wondered why the marketing team created such a huge an lavish deck plan for these little ladies but I think it was because they were so popular and such money earners for the fleet. If you love these little ladies.. this is the best Isometric DP done for them Post WW2. You can’t find one better than this ..excellent condition.
Awesome photo of the ship at NN. The year is 1922 and she will shortly be undergoing her enormous conversion to peacetime use directed by the young WFGibbs. The ships ghostly grey silhouette is shown against the shipyard.. the huge crane clearly in the back ground. Though she would never be a major breadwinner, she brought a lot of international prestige to the US Maritime Community. The photos is in great shape .. whiting on the back telling the date and location of the photo.
Well … I don’t think I have ever seen another Austrails brochure that even comes close to rivaling this one! There are lush full color images of the public rooms … many of which never changed from her glorious SS America days ( many America lovers will like this brochure too!!!) The brochure also had deckplans that showed how the crafty Greeks reconfigured cabins to hold more passengers and increase their profits. it’s just too bad she ended up being wrecked off the Canary Islands. The brochure is in excellent shape!
Wonderful gala menu from a 1957 voyage. The menu has quite a few signatures from people onboard! Always love the celebratory nature of these menus
Lovely breakfast menu for the little lady of the USL fleet. Selections could have been made of: Fruits, Cereals, Fish, Eggs. Meats, “From the Grill”, Preserves and Beverages .. the chef covered it all! I would have gotten a lot fatter if I lived back then … Excellent shape!
Lovely breakfast menu for the little lady of the USL fleet. selections could have been made of: Fruits, Cereals, Fish, Eggs. Meats, From the Grill, Preserves and Beverages .. the chef covered it all! I would have gotten a lot fatter if I lived back then … Excellent shape!
Oh here is a rare one indeed .. and onboard clock from the SS United States. These clocks were used all over the ship … from public rooms to staterooms. The design is very simple .. and of course executed in aluminum. The clock is not currently working and needs some technical TLC ..someone along the way painted the Aluminum arms and hour markers (but least this was done in red, white and blue). Pretty wonderful item for a SSUS lover! These clocks do not surface very often and typically sell for over $1000 when they do. Shipping to be quoted. Distinctly SSUS!
You just cant beat the simple “Grey Star” design that Both Mayer and Lamberton supplied to the USL fleet post WW2. All of these pieces are marked “expressively for US Lines” and are in great shape with minimal signs of daily use. Very Durable quality construction. Lovely!!!
Two article packed Ocean Press newspapers printed onboard the SS America ( March 22 and 24th 1957). You can read about the news from the outside world .. as well as ship activities etc. Nice shape .. like most of these you find, the newsprint paper has yellowed with age
One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner menus from a 1957 voyage. You can’t beat these meals with all the fixins!
Wonderful little guest list for the 1987 USL reunion at the American Merchant Marine Museum. The gathering took place on Halloween 1987 … putting this in perspective, I would have graduated form High School only a few months before. Of Course Frank Braynard was a host … and his lovely wife Doris was also a volunteer. Several of the names stand out to me… Commodore Leroy and Mrs. Alexanderson, Nick Bachko and wife, Dan Eschen just to name a few. The photocopy list is cleverly placed inside a USL Passenger list folder. .. one of the 10000 that were probably available when the SSUS was laid up in 1969.
Great Miniature DP for the lovely little America. Launched in late 1939 .. she was the new flagship and a little larger version of the SS Manhattan and SS Washington. After WW2 she was the running mate of the SSUS. She was sold in the mid Sixties to the Greeks and saw service for many many more years. Excellent condition and include interior room pictures. Printed in March 1954.
Excellent Post WW2 Publicity shot of the Santa Paula … and 2 other Santa Freighter’s. Lovely crisp detail … you can see the Colgate clock in the harbor background. Peacetime had returned!
A great little passenger list from the Maiden voyage of the darling President Wilson. APL was formed with the intervention of the US Government .. combining the Dollar and smaller Pacific coast lines. Lovely maiden list from the lovely post war President Wilson .. she sailed from Yokohama in June of 1948. The list includes facts about the ship as well as a glossary of nautical terms. Great condition with a little ghosting of some of the text.