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United States Lines cap badge
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This object appears in the following sections:

Work and Industry
Working on the Ocean Liner Leviathan — Introduction

United States Lines cap badge with cap band attached
United States Lines cap badge with cap band attached

United States Lines cap badge
Catalog #: 1991.0856.19, Accession #: 1991.0856
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
In 1929 the ocean liner Leviathan passed from U.S. government ownership into private hands. The red triangle emblem on this cap badge reflects the changes made by the reorganized United States Lines to its flags, uniforms, and stationery. This logo remained in use through 1931.
Physical Description
Cap badge with cap band attached. Black felt background with embroidered gold eagle and leaves surrounding center emblem of a red triangle and the words “United States Lines.” 2 3/8" diameter
Date Made:
about 1930
Dates Used:
1929 - 1931
New York
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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