Certainly a huge German WW1 miscalculation was that fact that a huge amount merchant shipping tonnage was stuck in NY harbor at the onset of the hostilities. … especially the brand new HAPAG flagship Valterland. Once America entered the war, she was quickly seized and became our Leviathan. After the war, her reconditioning into the newly formed United States Lines flagship was WF Gibbs first assignment. This was a herculean and successful undertaking for him, and certainly pivotal career making move.. This stereocard is in excellent condition … with a little lenghtwise warp that can be easily pressed back into shape.
Nice unused Bridge scorecard for the SSUS. Easy to keep your game score on these … and the supply was probably limitless … as I’m sure they could be printed onboard.
Little souvenir lifering for the Santa Rosa. Probably bought onboard or maybe a little prize for an onboard contest or celebration. This one needs a good cleaning. Some of the colored tape is loose.
United States Lines: SS America/ USS West Point/ SS Australis: The Many Lives of a good ship, by Larry Driscoll. Author signed!
Amazing AE line table cloth. All cotton and proudly made in America (of course) this is a gorgeous table cloth. The sailing ship line logo is woven into the pattern and surrounded by Americian Export Isbrandtsen Lines Inc.This one is approx 36×36. At one time this was cleaned, folded and never used again. I imagine there were lots of these left in a warehouse when the fleet was mothballed and eventualy sold. This is in great shape and shows very little if any wear.
Great multi storied issue … about 15 pages are dedicated to a great article on the America. The other big story covered was the THS convention that was held on the Queen Mary …. lots of folks came in period attire .. and fun was had by all! This is full of great photos … as most of the THS publications are.
These are always a treat … of course the best article in the one is written by FOB .. and is titled ” the seven Lives of the Manhattan and Washington”. Frank’s delight always shows in writing and the11ish page article just glows for these little ladies. Born out of the depression, they sailed in the 30’s and saw heavy war use in the 40’s. After the war, there was some (but little austerity use).. and both ships spent most of their time remaining time slowly rusting in the reserve fleet. The magazine does have some page crinkling.
4 cute little glass trays packed nicely in thier orginial souvenir box. The Atlantic sure isn’t a very popular liner … she never have the fanfare of the larger ships; but she did survive a very long time as the SS Universe. She ended her days on the beaches of India becoming recycled resources for the local economy.
United States lines: Various ships!; a brochure for the ships that eventually would what become the United States Lines. These were all German war prizes … like Hapag’s Valterland, which of course became the Americian Leviathan (WF Gibbs first big project) as well as NDL’s Amerika … which became our America. A real nice brochure with nice photos and a centerfold of the reconditioned Leviathan. Some light chipping to the cover.
Matson Lines: Set of 4 sliver plated knives for one of the white hulled Matson Liners. These are used for sure … with character marks and evidence of many trips through the ships scullery . Nice 5 star + M logo!
Moore McCormack: Argentina and Brasil ashtray. These were last American liners built … an they had pretty long lives with various owners. This is a really nice back painted ashtray…probably a gift shop purchase. There sure were a lot of smokers in this time period … times have changed!
Great little onboard information booklet from 1952 that has topics from Air Conditioning to Valuable property. This booklet was designed specifically for the sisters Independence and Constitution .. and contains a page of their rough specifications. Pristine shape!
Nice 12 panel fold out on Ore ship trips for the Caribbean and a single double sided scheduling/ flyer. The 3 ships were under charter to Alcoa: SS Naess Jupitor, SS Naess Saturn and the MV Ballargen. Several nice pictures of their modern Norwegian interiors.
2 really nice pieces: an onboard info booklet for the MooreMac line and a deckplan for the last Americian Built lines Brasil and Argentina. The booklet covers all aspects of life and activities onboard. The deck plan is color coded for easy area identification.
Nice souvineer photo folio for the Hawaiian Matson Line. If the ship’s photographer had snapped your pic … you would have been presented with it in a folio like this. Excellent condition!
Oh, Hadley’s dream that never came to pass! This is an orginial 15 page mimeographed guide on how to sell cruising society memberships for the reconditioned SS United States. Answers to about 30 questions in FAQ format. One question confirms her homeport as Honolulu. Never saw another one of these! Please help save our national flagship: www.savetheunitedstates.org. 10 Percent of all SSUS sales from GLL are donated to saving the ship.