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Vintage Brochure - SS Leviathan - Troup Transport to Luxury Liner - 1923

Beginning with the history of the Leviathan as a WWI troup carrier, the post-war refitting of the ex-Vaterland to its initial configuration as a steamship of the United States Lines in 1923 used on the New York to Cherbourg and Southampton route.

Photographs on this page: The SS Leviathan As A Troop Transport, The Lobby To The Main Saloon On "B" Deck, Another View Of The Lobby On "B" Deck. Note The Great Height And Spaciousness and A View of the Main Dining Saloon.

The SS Leviathan as a Troup Tansport Ship

The SS Leviathan As A Troop Transport

As a transport during the World War the Leviathan carried thousands of American troops abroad. Originally designed to carry 3,400 passengers, provision was made when the ship came into war service, for 12,000 soldiers. The photograph above was taken with nearly 13,000 troops aboard — the greatest number ever carried by any ship.

Time and again the Leviathan crossed the Atlantic through mine fields and areas infested with submarines. Not once did the enemy harm her or her precious cargo of American soldiers.

Probably there is no ship in the world which rendered more valuable service to our country or occupies so high a place in the esteem of the American people.

To the thousands of "doughboys" who stood on her decks and watched the homeland fade into the horizon; she is more than a mighty ship. She seems to be imbued with life itself. And to the thousands who came back on the Leviathan each throb of her mighty engines sang a song of victory and rejoicing.

In short, a work well done has earned the appellation: "the greatest ship in the world."


The LEVIATHAN gross registered tonnage 59,956.65

The first sailing of the SS Leviathan as a passenger liner under the American flag marks an epoch in the history of the American Merchant Marine; for the Leviathan is the largest, most famous and most luxurious ship in the world.

For months thousands of American workmen, engineers and architects have been at work converting the Leviathan from the greatest of all transports to the greatest of all passenger ships. With the completion of the work it becomes apparent that in equipment, in elegance of appointments, and beauty of decoration, as in immensity, this ship is unexcelled.

Her gross registered tonnage is 59,956.65. From stem to stern the Leviathan measures 950 feet. Her height from smoke-stack to keel is 184 feet. Monster engines drive the immense ship through the water at a rate of more than 23 knots an hour.

The new-born American Merchant Marine has made prodigious strides within the few years since the late war. In particular, the excellence of United States Lines' ships from New York to Europe and the perfection of service which has been developed by the experienced steamship men in charge of them, have made American ships enormously popular. But it was the loyal support of the traveling public that made it possible for these men to develop this high excellence of service. And now the Leviathan comes as the supreme and matchless symbol of this new triumph of the American people.

The Leviathan, operated by the United States Lines, will sail from New York to Cherbourg and Southampton.

Lobby to The Main Saloon on B Deck

The Lobby To The Main Saloon On "B" Deck

Two views are here given of the lobby to the Leviathan's main saloon. These spacious corridors, in their simplicity of design and coloring are a notable feature of this, the most beautiful of all ocean liners. The walls and wood-work are painted a soft cream. In decoration the lobby is Louis XVI in character. The carpets are especially woven after old models and perfectly in accord with the general scheme.

The architects, who were commissioned to re-build and -re-decorate the interior of the ship, have avoided successfully that tendency toward the over-ornate which has been a characteristic of marine interiors. Here is no heavy atmosphere, but on the contrary, a triumph of wide spaciousness, of flowing line and vista, of quiet elegance and beauty.

Lobby on B Deck

Another view of the lobby on "B" deck. Note the great height and spaciousness.

View of the Main Dining Saloon

A View of the Main Dining Saloon

The photographic impression above is of the main dining saloon. Here again simplicity, coupled with elegance, is the key-note.

The graceful Grecian columns with their darker capitals are topped by arches of unusual beauty. The great painted dome, surrounded by lights which shed a soft flood of radiance, is a masterpiece of mural decoration.

Here is a setting worthy of the sumptuous abundance of food prepared under the direction of world-famous chefs. The cuisine on United States Lines' ships is known to travelers all over the world.

If it can be said any part of this greatest of steamships is more artistic or more majestically beautiful than any other, the dining saloon probably would be the room selected.

1923 USL SS Leviathan Brochure Sections (Quick Links)

  1. The SS Leviathan - Troup Transport to Luxury Liner
  2. Views and Information on the Ritz-Carlton Room, Library and Winter Garden
  3. The Social Hall, Tea Room and Smoking Room
  4. First Class Staterooms and Suites, Sitting Room and Breakfast Room
  5. Scenes of Staterooms and Suites of the First Class Passengers
  6. Views of Second Class; Facts about the Leviathan and Other Ships
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