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Navigating officer's notebook
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Work and Industry
Working on the Ocean Liner Leviathan — The Deck Department


Navigating officer’s notebook from S.S. Leviathan
Catalog #: 1991.0856.36, Accession #: 1991.0856
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This book was compiled by Giles C. Stedman, who joined the Leviathan's in 1927 as first officer and served aboard until 1934.
Physical Description
Leather-bound notebook containing handwritten notes on actions required at key points in a transatlantic crossing aboard the passenger liner Leviathan. Includes composition and location of the various watch stations. 4 1/4" H x 2 5/8" W (closed).
Date Made:
late 1920s
Dates Used:
1927 - 1934
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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