Steam Pressure Gauge, SS Leviathan

C.A. Walters, an executive at Simpson, Spence & Young, the ship brokerage that sold the ocean liner Leviathan to the Scotish shipbreakers in 1938, acquired this condenser gauge from the ship's engine plant. He had it mounted on a wooden stand and presented it as a gift for to his daughter Katherine's boyfriend Leslie Stratton, Jr. Stratton, many years later, gave it to historian Frank Braynard, who in turn presented it to the Smithsonian.
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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United States: New York
overall: 5 5/8 in x 11 1/4 in; x 14.2875 cm x 28.575 cm
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Gift of Frank O. Braynard, Sea Cliff, New York
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National Museum of American History


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