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But the best mementos come with stories.

Tourist-cabin souvenir log, 1928
Tourist-cabin souvenir log, 1928
A committee of tourist-class passengers passed the time during an August 1928 trip from the U.S. to Europe assembling this booklet of information and humor.
Condenser gauge
Condenser gauge
Young Leslie Stratton Jr. never sailed on Leviathan, but he admired the ship. His girlfriend’s father, an executive involved in the ship’s sale in 1938, gave him this condenser gauge, mounted on a simple wood stand, as a souvenir.
Rivet made to repair Leviathan, 1930
Rivet made to repair Leviathan, 1930
A wave in mid-ocean cracked the Leviathan’s hull in December 1929. Initial repairs made in Southampton, England, allowed the vessel to sail home, where final repairs were undertaken at dock in New York Harbor. The repair contractors engraved this extra rivet for presentation.

Here are some quotes from the informative tourist-class souvenir log shown above.

“Miss Constance Rogers with Law firm of Delafield, Thorne & Burleigh came aboard to get away from the law for awhile, only to find herself seated opposite two young lawyers who talked nothing else the entire voyage.

“Mr. F. M. Ritchie, a prominent attorney of New Brunswick, N.J., is on his way to Budapest to try a divorce case—we hope it’s not his own. He has crossed on this boat with the A.E.F. in 1917 and also with the 2nd A.E.F. in 1927. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.

“Miss Ethel-Louise Kissen of Brooklyn, New York, after having made conquests of all eligible bachelors in Brooklyn and New York, is on her way to Europe for further triumphs. She has already done her devastating work aboard the Levia­than where she feels quite at home, this being her fourth trip aboard this ship. She is a graduate of Columbia University, School of Hygiene.

“Miss Bessie H. Wright, Philadelphia, Pa., is going to England to find out whether they heat houses in winter.

“A party of fourteen Rumanian pleasure seekers are on their return trip from America. They have been in the United States for the past sixteen days visiting New York City, Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Atlantic City, thence by aeroplane to Washington. The Western stop on their trip was Detroit. Their impression of Americans is that we are a very mechanical people.

“Stewart A. Rice—Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is going to Europe in order to understand his students who have also gone.”
Tourist-cabin souvenir log, 1928
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