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The Leviathan steaming up the Hudson River, July 23, 1923

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The Leviathan steaming up the Hudson River, July 23, 1923
NMAH, Transportation Collections, Ralph E. Cropley Scrapbooks

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Transportation History Videos — Transportation History

The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s
The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s — New York Connected


S.S. Leviathan in the Hudson River
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
On July 23, 1923, the ocean liner Leviathan steams toward her berth at Manhattan’s Pier 86 at the end of her first roundtrip Atlantic crossing as an American passenger ship.
Physical Description

Half-tone photograph reproduction from a United States Lines promotional booklet.

Details
Date Made:
1923
Dates Used:
1923 - 1923
History
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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