S. S. Leviathan Engine Order Telegraph


This telegraph was used to communicate speed and direction orders from the wheelhouse of the ocean liner Leviathan to one of its engine rooms. Most modern ships have a throttle, but for steamers it was necessary for the pilot to contact the engine room with instructions for the engineer that were relayed to the boilermen. This telegraph would signal full, half, slow, dead slow, finished with engine, and stop—both astern and ahead.

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: 1991.0856.40Catalog Number: 1991.0856.40Accession Number: 1991.0856

Object Name: Telegraph, Engine Order

Measurements: overall: 45 1/2 in x 21 1/4 in x 12 in; 115.57 cm x 53.975 cm x 30.48 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-7547-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1102378

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