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Rivet commemorating repairs to S.S. Leviathan
Catalog #: 1991.0856.17, Accession #: 1991.0856
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From the Smithsonian Collection
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 funnal 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.
Physical Description
Steel rivet bearing the inscription, "Hydraulic driven rivet / on / S.S. Leviathan / by / United Dry Docks, Inc.-Fletcher Plant / Feb.-1930". 9 3/8" L x 2 5/8" diameter.
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1930 - 1930
Gift of Frank O. Braynard
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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