Rivet, SS Leviathan

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Pounded by a large wave during an Atlantic storm in December 1929, the passenger ship Leviathan developed a serious crack. It ran across C Deck just aft the forward funnel uptakes and down the ship’s starboard (right) side. This rivet was one of 6,000 produced to fasten replacement steel plates to the ship’s hull when the crack was repaired in February 1930, while the Leviathan lay at the government pier in Hoboken, New Jersey.
The ocean liner Leviathan was built as the Vaterland for Germany's Hamburg-American Line in 1914. During World War I the American government seized the ship and operated it as a troopship. After a complete reconditioning at Newport News, Virginia, in 1922-23, the Leviathan became the flagship of the new United States Lines, which operated it for the U.S. Shipping Board until 1929. Subsequently sold into private hands, the ship ran until 1934. Laid up as a result of high operating costs and low Depression-era patronage, the Leviathan was sold to Scottish shipbreakers in 1938 and dismantled.
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Associated Place
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
overall: 9 3/8 in x 2 5/8 in; x 23.8125 cm x 6.6675 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Frank O. Braynard, Sea Cliff, New York
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Work and Industry: Maritime
America on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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