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Main Engine Rooms plaque
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Working on the Ocean Liner Leviathan — The Engine Department

Chief Engineer plaque from S.S. Leviathan

Main Engine Rooms plaque from S.S. Leviathan
Catalog #: 1991.0856.30, Accession #: 1991.0856
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This plaque from the ocean liner Leviathan marked one of the doors that led into the ship's vast power plant, which comprised three engine rooms and four boiler rooms.
Physical Description
Brass plaque, 8 7/8" L x 1 1/4" W, with the words, “Main Engine Rooms.”
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1923 - 1938
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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