Wonderful image of the Leviathan as a trooper coming into harbor (technically pre-dating her USL ownership). After the war she would become WFGibbs first BIG assignment … and her would restore her top to bottom … emerging as the USL flagship. As is common with these WW1 photos, the framing is pretty scraped and the image is a little wavy … but still is crisp and clear. You can almost read the banners on the surrounding watercraft. ** shipping calculator maybe off… I may need to quote shipping***
Just about the best interwar brochure Matson did …covers the Lurline, Matsonia, Monterey and Mariposa . Half of the pages have lavish large interior pics (some of the best interior pictures of these ships I have ever seen)… and the remaining pages talk about each destination (like Australia and New Zeeland). Also includes is a rate brochure for 1941 and a page of notes form a voyage. Good condition with a few cover blemishes.
Lovely almost pristine pack of Playing cards for the delta line. These ships plied the Caribbean … their major competitor being grace line ships. Loved their “sharp” post-war design.
Nice little invite card for cocktails poolside from Captain Stein of the Monterey. This is pristine … looks like it was just signed by the captain himself yesterday.
Lovely little room/ deck plan for the last Matson passenger sisters. Love the little “Hawaiian” details in the room pictures …from the Theater tiki Lights to the fresh Amaryllis flowers in the cabin vases. These would have been darling little ships to travel on!
Cute little invite card to join Captain Switzer in the Independence Lounge for cocktails. I wonder if Dr.amd Mrs Urbanwez went? I’m sure the champagne was free flowing!
3 menus from a voyage over New Years in 1961 and Fred Fender was in charge. The dinner menus dates from Jan 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Full of lovely delicious items … I’d be even chunkier than now for sure. Great shape with a coulple of small spots from use and storage. Not bad for being almsot 51 years old.
Perfect heavy glass ashtray for the Matson lines … these would not roll around too much during high seas. The BIG Matson white hulled passenger liners were popular in the late 20’s through the 60’s. This is probably early 60’s mentions 4 ships Lurline, Mariposa, Matsonia and Monterey. Today, Matson lines concentrates on just container cargos and has no passenger operations. Mint: no chips or cracks!
Oh to have been a child aboard the Big U … the whole ship certainly would have been a playground … but the children in all classes were pampered even further with their own playrooms! This is a lovely chair from the sports deck FC playroom. The “vinyl” blue seating upholstery is in excellent shape (one little seam seperation on a top corner) . .. and the red frame shows a few scratches and dingys: Overall it is a GEM! *** Shipping calculator probably will not be accurate for this item .. I will need to quote manually*** Please help save the SS United States, visit www.savetheunitedstates.org.
PS: If any one has images and photo’s of this particular playroom … I’d love to see them.
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.
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!
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.