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United States Lines (USL) Historical Archives

United States Lines operated cargo services from 1921 to 1989, and ocean liners until 1969—most famously, the SS United States and the Leviathan. The company was formed with three ships from the tonnage of the failed United States Mail Steamship Company. Two of the ships, the America and George Washington, were originally German vessels that had been seized during World War I and kept as reparations. One of the most famous ships, The 52,000 ton Leviathan, formerly the Vaterland and one of the largest liners in the world, was acquired in 1923. United States Lines absorbed the American Line in 1932, the Baltimore Mail Line in 1937, and the American Merchant Line in 1938.

Passenger Lists of the United States Lines

Vintage Brochures

United States Lines
Front Cover 1920s Third Class Accommodations
The ships included in this brochure include the great Leviathan, the largest liner in the world; the popular George Washington; the America, largest "cabin" ship in the world; the famous "President" ships, President Harding and President Roosevelt, and the newly reconditioned Republic.
Front Cover of the 1923 Brochure - The Steamship Leviathan 1923 The Steamship Leviathan
Experience the grand elegance of this luxurious liner - many large photographs complement this excellent brochure.
Front Cover United States Lines Log 1938 1938 Spring and Summer Travel Number United States Lines Log
1938 USL Brochure covers the Officers and Staff, Scenes of Voyages and Passengers, Interior Photographs and Sailings to Europe for 1938.

Menus

Vintage Farewell Dinner Menus
Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from the United States Lines
Front Cover 1931-07-07 Farewell Dinner Menu and Musical Program

Stately Farewell Dinner Menu and Musical Program, complete with a photograph of the dinner guests for this 7 July 1931 meal on board the S.S. George Washington of the United States Lines.

 

Vintage Dinner Menus
Dinner Bill of Fare from the United States Lines
Dinner Menu and Musical Program, USL S.S. Manhattan - July 1934 1934-07-24 Dinner Menu and Musical Program - S.S. Manhattan

Elegant Second Cabin Dinner Menu for an Eastbound voyage of the United States Lines Steamship S.S. Manhattan for Tuesday, 24 July 1934. The four page menu included a musical program.

Front Cover 1954-08-10 Captain's Dinner Menu - S.S. America

Large Format Elegant Captain's Dinner Menu includes autographs and statements by the guests and a menu featuring T-Bone Steaks, Green Turtle Soup and Champagne Sherbet.

 

Vintage Easter Menus
Easter Bill of Fare from the United States Lines
Front Cover 1935-04-21 Easter Dinner Menu and Musical Program

Elegant tassle string bound Easter Dinner Menu featured Boiled River Salmon, Sauce Colbert, Roast Stuffed Vermont Turkey and Legs and Saddle of Easter Lamb. Music Program included.

 

Vintage Luncheon Menus
Luncheon Bill of Fare from the United States Lines
Menu Card, Luncheon on the S.S. Washington 1933 1933-07-06 Luncheon Menu Card - S.S. Washington

Expansive menu selections make this Tourist Cabin Luncheon a feast for the passenges. The menu features a chef's special consisting of Home Cured Corned Beef and Steamed Green Cabbage, Boiled New Bermuda Potatoes & Bran Biscuit.

 

Vintage Private Party Menus
Private Party Bill of Fare from the United States Lines
Dinner Menu, United States Lines S.S. Leviathan, Private Party - 1928 1928-06-10 Dinner Menu - S.S. Leviathan - Private Party

Elaborate Private Party Dinner Menu on board the Flagship of the United States Lines, the S.S. Leviathan. This Sunday Dinner hosted by Mr. S. B. Applebaum featured Filet of Sole and Roast Vermont Turkey with Creme Dame Blanche. This four-page menu was bound by an elegant Red, White and Blue striped and tasseled string.

Books

Articles

Other Items

Other Documents in the Archives

  • 1920s Brochure: New York to Europe On U.S. Government Ships - Queenstown, Plymouth, Cherbourg, London, Bremen, Danzig. United States Lines, Operators for U.S. Shipping Board. 27 Photographs including many interiror and photos of passengers in all classes. Cabin Plans of the S.S. George Washington - Promenade Deck and Upper Deck (B & C Decks).
  • 1920s Brochure: The American Way to Europe - United States Line. 32 Pages that includes 32 photographs of the ships and interiors from all classes; additional photos of destinations, European route map showing feeder ship lines and major hubs. Covers the S.S. Leviathan, S.S. George Washington, , S.S. President Harding, S.S. Republic and S.S. America. **
  • 1920s Brochure: New York, Plymouth, Cherbourg, Southampton, Bremen - United States Lines, manageing operators for United States Shipping Board. Lavishly illustrated brochure featuring the steamships George Washington, President Roosevelt, President Harding, America and Republic. 27 Illustrations / Photographs in all primarily first cabin interiors, many with passengers.
  • 1922-07-12 List of First and Second Cabin Passengers, S.S. America, Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • 1922-08-02 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. President Monroe, (Formerly S.S. Panhandle State), London to New York via Cherbourg.
  • 1922-08-10 Menu - Dinner - Captain's Dinner Adieu S.S. President Monroe, Signed by the Captain (Commander M. L. Pittman, U.S.N.R.F.).
  • 1922-08-10 Musical Program, S.S. President Monroe, Concert in Veranda Cafe in aid of Seamen's Charities.
  • 1923-02-24 List of Cabin Passengers, T.S.S. President Garfield, London to New York via Cherbourg and Queenstown. Captain H. L. Look, U.S.N.R.F.
  • 1923-07-18 List of Cabin Passengers, T.S.S. President Van Buren, New York to Plymouth, Cherbourg and London, Captain A. M. Moore, U.S.N.R.F.
  • 1923-10-19 List of Cabin Passengers, T.S.S. President Arthur, Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg. Captain P. H. Kreibohm, U.S.N.R.F.
  • 1923-10-19 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-21 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-22 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-23 Breakfast Menu with Morning Concert Program on Promenade Deck, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-23 Luncheon Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-23 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-24 Breakfast Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-24 Luncheon Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-24 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-25 Breakfast Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-25 Luncheon Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-25 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-26 Breakfast Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-27 Breakfast Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-27 Luncheon Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-27 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-28 Breakfast Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-28 Luncheon Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-28 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-29 Dinner Menu and Concert Program, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1923-10-31 Musical Program, Concert Given by the Ship's Orchestra, Leader, Georg Grützner.
  • 1923-11-01 Luncheon Menu, S.S. President Arthur, In German and English
  • 1924-08-05 List of First and Second Class Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Southampton to New York via Cherbourg, Captain Herbert Harley, U.S.N.R.F.
  • 1925-07-25 List of Passengers - Students and Veterans Tour To Europe, S.S. Leviathan, New York to Southampton via Cherbourg, Captain Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R.F. Pages are filled with student musings called the Students' Log. Some Names and addresses (and autographs) from fellow passengers on back inside cover. Passenger noted on front inside cover: Walter T. Burke, M.D. Medford, Massachuessets, Started on July 25, 1925 and returned on Labor Day, September 9, 1925.
  • 1925-08-05 List of Cabin Passengers, T.S.S. America, Bremen to New York via Soutampton and Cherbourg, Captain W. Rind, U.S.N.R.F.
  • 1925-08-25 Students and Veterans Tour to Europe Passenger List, S.S. Leviathan, Southampton via Cherbourg to New York. Includes Musings, "Prize" Winners, Articles writen by students, Society Jottings.
  • 1925-09-23 List of First and Second Class Passengers, S.S. George Washington, Bremen to New York via Soutampton and Cherbourg, Captain H. A. Cunningham, U.S.N.R.F. Includes Page on New York Taxi Rates.
  • 1926-04-05 Sailing Schedule Brochure: New York, Cobh (Queenstown), Plymouth, Southampton, Cherbourg and Bremen. East and Westbound schedule April through November 1926.
  • 1926-07-28 List of Cabin Passengers, T.S.S. President Harding, New York to Bremen via Cobh (Queenstown), Plymouth, and Cherbourg. Captain Theodore Van Beek, U.S. N.R.F.
  • 1926-08-10 List of First and Second Class Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Soutampton and Cherbourg to New York. Captain Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R. **
  • 1926-09-08 List of Cabin Passengers, T.S.S. President Harding, Brement to New York via Southampton, Cherbourg and Cobh (Queenstown). Captain Theodore Van Beek, U.S. N.R.F. Includes Page on New York Taxi Rates.
  • 1926-09-21 List of First and Second Class Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Soutampton and Cherbourg to New York. Captain Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R.
  • 1926-09-24 List of Cabin Passengers, T.S.S. Republic, Bremem to New York via Soutampton, Cherbourg and Cobh (Queenstown). Captain A. B. Randall, U.S.N.R.F.
  • 1926-10-03 Captain's Farewell Dinner Menu and Musical Program, S.S. Republic, Chef de Cuisine: H. Stock
  • 1926-10-03 Concert Program, S.S. Republic, For the Benefit of Seamen's Charities and the Actors Fund of the United States. Lists names of the musicians and vocalists.
  • 1927-03-16 List of Cabin Passengers, T.S.S. President Harding, Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg. Captain Theodore Van Beck, U.S.N.R.
  • 1927-04-19 List of First and Second Class Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Southampton and Cherbourg to New York. Captain Hubert Hartley, U.S.N.R. (Commodore United States Lines).
  • 1927-06-21 List of First and Second Class Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Southampton and Cherbourg to New York. Captain Hubert Hartley, U.S.N.R. (Commodore United States Lines).
  • 1927-10-11 List of American Legion Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Southampton and Cherbourg to New York, Captain Hubert Hartley, U.S.N.R. (Commodore United States Lines). Cover Indicated the American Legion Group was the Second A.E.F.
  • 1928-03-13 List of First and Second Class Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Southampton and Cherbourg to New York, Captain H. A. Cunningham.
  • 1928-03-30 Additional Payment Receipt: Prospective Passengers, Downing Family, Ireland
  • 1928-04-16 Additional Payment Receipt: Prospective Passenger, Downing Family, Third Class Ourward Prepaid, Ireland to New York.
  • 1928-06-05 List of First and Second Class Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Southampton and Cherbourg to New York, Captain H. A. Cunningham.
  • 1928-07-18 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. President Harding, Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain William Rind, U.S.N.R.
  • 1928-10-03 United States Lines, Third Class Ticket, Bremen to New York, S.S. George Washingon. $208.75 fare for 27 Year Old Rudolph Aehlich.
  • 1929-08-27 List of Tourist Third Cabin Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Southampton & Cherbourg to New York, Captain: Commodore H. A. Cunningham. Included had written note in Memoranda page of articles purchased on the voyage including gloves, dress, perfume, books, purse, etc. totaling $56.86
  • 1930-08-05 List of Tourist Third Cabin Passengers, S.S. George Washington, Hamburg to New York via Southampton, Cherbourg and Cobh (Queenstown), Captain A. B. Randall, U.S.N.R.
  • 1930-09-08 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. America, Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton and Cobh (Queenstown). Captain George Fried, U.S.N.R.
  • 1930-09-17 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. President Harding, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain John L. Beebe, U.S.N.R. Summary of Passengers: Cabin: 278; Third Class: 125; Commander, Officers and Crew: 233; Total Souls on Board: 636.
  • 1930-09-25 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. George Washington, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain A. B. Randall, U.S.N.R. Summary of Passengers: Cabin: 404; Tourist: 275; Third Class: 145; Seapost Officials: 1; Commander, Officers and Crew: 603; Total Souls on Board: 1,428.
  • 1931-09-08 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. George Washington, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain Geo. Fried, U.S.N.R. Summary of Passengers: Cabin 442; Tourist 256; Third Class 120; Seapost Officials 2; Commander, Officers and Crew 573; Total Souls on Board 1,393.
  • 1932-08-24 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S.Manhattan, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Havre, Captain George Fried. Shirt Pocket Sized.
  • 1932-10 Brochure: United States Lines: The American Way To Europe. 32 Pages, Unpaginated. Photographs Include: Female Passengers Playing Shurffleboard on deck; Female Passengers Playing Volley Ball; S.S. Leviathan Lounge; Dining Saloon; Club Leviathan; Pompeiian Pool; Children's Playroom; Smoking Room; Suite with Connecting Bath; Suite Sitting Room; Stateroom for Two; S.S. Leviathan; S.S. Manhattan; Air-Cooled Dining Saloon; Smoking Room; Manhattan Lounge; President Roosevelt / President Harding; Lounge; Smoking Room; Smaller Photos of: OUtside Stateroom for Three; Outside Stateroom; Stateroom with conecting Shower; Two-Bed Stateroom; Verandah Café; Reading and Writing Room; Dining Room; Cabin Stateroom; Outside Cabin; Cabin for Two; Dining Room; Family Suite; Inside Cabin Suite; Social Hall; Wide Open Deck; Lounge; Two-Bed Stateroom; Library; Two-Bed Stateroom; Smoking Room. Note that the larger photos have inlaid text on the lower left or lower right corner.
  • 1932-10-19 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. Manhattan, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Havre, Captain George Fried. Shirt Pocket Sized.
  • 1932-11-25 List of First Class and Tourist Cabin Passengers, S.S. Leviathan, Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain Commodore Albert B. Randall, U.S.N.R. - Shirt Pocket Sized. **
  • 1933-05-24 List of Tourist Class Passengers, Maiden Voyage of the S.S. Washington, Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain George Fried, U.S.N., Retired. Extra fancy passenger list, ribbon tied.
  • 1934-07-18 Cabin, S.S. Manhattan, New York to Hamburg via Cobh, Plymouth, and Havre, Captain Schuyler F. Cumings, Lt. Cmdr., USNR. Includes Dictionary of Nautical Terms.
  • 1934-10-24 Abstract of Log, S.S. Manhattan, Voyage 29, Westbound, Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton and Cobh.
  • 1934-10-24 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. Manhattan, Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain Commodore A. B. Randall, Comm., U.S.N.R.
  • 1934-11-07 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. Washington, Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain Schuyler F. Cumings, Lt. Comm. U.S.N.R.
  • 1935-04-10 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. Manhattan, Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain Commodore A. B. Randall, Comm. U.S.N.R. Summary: Cabin Passengers: 240; Tourist Class Passengers: 180, Third Class Passengers: 147; Total Passengers: 576; Commander, Officers and Crew: 516; Total on Board: 1,092.
  • 1935-04-12 Dinner Menu and Musical Program, S.S. Manhattan. Illustration of St. Lucca, Rome, Italy on cover.
  • 1935-04-16 Gala Dinner Menu and Musical Program, S.S. Manhattan. Engraving of Heidelberg Castle (Germany) on cover.
  • 1935-04-18 Dinner Menu and Musical Program, S.S. Manhattan, Engraving of Westminster Abbey, London, England on cover.
  • 1935-05-28 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. President Roosevelt, Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain John F. Jensen, Lt. Commd. U.S.N.R. Récapitulation: Cabin: 111; Third Class: 93: Total Passengers: 204; Commonder, Officers and Crew: 217; Total Souls Aboard: 421. Voyage 74 Westbound.
  • 1936-03-11 List of Tourist Passengers, S.S. Manhattan, Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain Commodore A. B. Randall, Comdr. U.S.N.R. Summary of Passengers: Cabin: 239; Tourist Class: 247; Third Class: 164; Total Passengers: 650; Commander, Officers and Crew: 534; Total on Board: 1,184.
  • 1936-07-29 List of Cabin Passengers, S.S. Manhattan, Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain Harvey Manning, Lt. U.S.N.R. Summary of Passengers: Cabin: 444; Tourist Class: 420; Third Class: 195; Total Passengers: 1,059; Comander, Officers, and Crew: 573; Total on Board: 1,632.
  • 1936-09-09 List of Tourist Passengers, S.S. Washington, Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain Giles C. Stedman, Lt. Comdr, U.S.N.R.
  • 1937-09-01 List of Cabin Class Passengers, S.S. President Harding, Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain James E. Roberts, Lt. Comdr., U.S.N.R. Récapitulation: Cabin Passengers: 206; Third Cabin Passengers: 238; Seapost Officials: 2; Commander, Officers and Crew: 259; Total on Board: 705.
  • 1938-04-20 List of Cabin Class Passengers, S.S. Manhattan, New York to Hamburg via Cobh, Plymouth and Havre, Captain Albert B. Randall, Capt. U.S.N.R. Récapitulation: Cabin: 251; Tourist Class: 131; Third Class: 152; Total Passengers: 534; Comander, Officers, and Crew: 562; Total on Board: 1,101.
  • 1938-04-20 List of Tourist Passengers, S.S. Washington, Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain Giles C. Stedman, Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R.
  • 1938-06-29 List of Tourist Passengers, S.S. Manhattan, Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain Albert B. Randall, Capt. U.S.N.R.
  • 1938-09-14 List of Passengers (Class not Stated), Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton and Cobh, Captain James E. Roberts, Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R.
  • 1938-09-30 List of Tourist Passengers, S.S. Washiogton, Havre to New York via Southampton and Cobh, Captain Giles C. Stedman, Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R.
  • 1938-09-30 List of Third Class Passengers, S.S. Washiogton, Havre to New York via Southampton and Cobh, Captain Giles C. Stedman, Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R.
  • 1939-08-22 List of Tourist Passengers, S.S. Washington, Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton, and Cobh, Captain Giles C. Stedman, Lt. Comdr, U.S.N.R.

 

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