Chief Engineer Plaque, SS Leviathan


This plaque from the ocean liner Leviathan probably marked the chief engineer’s cabin or sitting room.

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.

Date Made: 1923Used Date: 1923-1938

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: New York

See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, America on the Move, Transportation


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Frank O. Braynard, Sea Cliff, New York

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0856.29Catalog Number: 1991.0856.29Accession Number: 1991.0856Catalog Number: 1991. 0856.29

Object Name: Plaque

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 7/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 22.5425 cm x 3.4925 cm


Record Id: nmah_1102326

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