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Freighter Lewis Luckenback

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Freighter Lewis Luckenback
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Hugh Talman, Negative #: 2003-35596

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This object appears in the following sections:


Transforming the Waterfront: San Francisco and Oakland, California, 1960–1970
Transforming the Waterfront: San Francisco and Oakland, California, 1960–1970 — At Work on the Waterfront

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Freighter Lewis Luckenbach, detail of the model
Freighter Lewis Luckenbach, detail of the model


Freighter Lewis Luckenback, detail of cargo in the hold
Freighter Lewis Luckenback, detail of cargo in the hold


Freighter Lewis Luckenbach (model in foreground)
Freighter Lewis Luckenbach (model in foreground)

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Freighter Lewis Luckenbach (model)
Catalog #: 327,977, Accession #: 272,605
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The model was donated to the Smithsonian in 1967 by the Luckenbach Line. It was displayed in the Marine Hall of the Museum of History and Technology and between 1978 and 2002 it was on view in the Hall of American Maritime Enterprise. In 2003 the model was installed in "America on the Move."
Physical Description
Model is 1/4" scale and measures 11'2" L x 17.5" W x 34" H. A portion of the model's starboard hull is cut away, revealing the ship's cargo holds packed with barrels, sacks, lumber, boxes, and coal. The engine room, bridge, crew's quarters, and passenger accommodations are also visible. The deck of the model includes winches, derricks, masts and booms for cargo handling. Starboard side hatch covers are painted green; port side covers are red. The single stack is painted black and displays a white "L" on a red band, the insignia of the Luckenbach Steamship Company. On the port side of the hull the name "Luckenbach Line" appears in large white letters.
Details
Date Made:
1919
Dates Used:
1919 - 1958
Locations:
California, Massachusetts, New York, Washington
Credit:
Gift of Luckenbach Steamship Co., Inc.
History
The steamship Lewis Luckenbach was built in 1919 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., in Quincy, Massachusetts. Its dimensions were 496.2 feet long, 68.2 feet beam, and 37.2 feet depth. This was the second steamship named for the founder of the Luckenbach Line, the first having been built in 1903. With its sister ship, the Andrea Luckenbach, the second Lewis Luckenbach joined the line's fleet of intercoastal freighters on runs between New York and California. The ship could carry over 700 carloads of freight in its massive holds. Accommodations were modest compared to passenger liners, but the rates for "travel by freighter" were affordable at between $215 and $255 for roundtrip passage between Seattle and Brooklyn, NY, in 1936. During World War II the ship was converted to an Army hospital ship and renamed Louis A. Milne, for the surgeon who served New York's Port of Embarkation from 1937 to 1943. The vessel was scrapped in 1958.

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