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Cap Insignia, United States Lines

Cap Insignia, United States Lines

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Description
This cap badge is decorated with the flag used by United States Lines from the creation of the line in 1923 until 1929. Photographic evidence indicates it was worn, at least, by the ship's chief stewards. A different cap badge was worn by the deck officers.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Insignia, Cap
date made
1923
used date
1923-1929
Associated Place
United States: New York
Measurements
overall: 2 5/8 in; x 6.6675 cm
ID Number
1991.0856.31
catalog number
1991.0856.31
accession number
1991.0856
Credit Line
Gift of Frank O. Braynard, Sea Cliff, New York
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Work and Industry: Maritime
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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