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Souvenir pocketknife
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This object appears in the following sections:

Arts and Leisure
Transatlantic Souvenirs — Stuff

Leviathan souvenir pocketknife
Catalog #: 1991.0856.34, Accession #: 1991.0856
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
A souvenir sold to passengers aboard the passenger ship Leviathan.
Physical Description
Two-bladed pocket knife with a drawing of the Leviathan on the handle. 3 1/4" L x 1/2" W (closed).
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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