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United States Lines cap badge
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Transatlantic Souvenirs — Stuff

United States Lines cap badge
Catalog #: 1991.0856.31, Accession #: 1991.0856
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
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.
Physical Description
Cap badge of black felt embroidered with a gold eagle and leaves surrounding the United States Lines house flag (a burgee with a white circle enclosing the red initials “U S L”). 2 3/8" diameter.
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1923 - 1929
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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