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Engine order telegraph
Smithsonian Institution, Negative #: 78-18086


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Working on the Ocean Liner Leviathan — The Deck Department

Engine order telegraph
Engine order telegraph

Engine order telegraph
Catalog #: 1991.0856.40, Accession #: 1991.0856
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This telegraph was used to communicate speed and direction orders from the wheelhouse of the ocean liner Leviathan to one of its engine rooms.
Physical Description
Double-handled engine order telegraph with pedestal. 45 1/2" H x 21 1/4" W x 12" face diameter.
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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