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United States Lines (USL) History and Ephemera

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.

Documents and Other Ephemera of the United States Lines

Sorted in Date Order, Our United States Lines Archival Collections include Passenger Lists, Vintage Brochures, Vintage Menus, Books, Immigrant Passage Tickets, and Other Ephemera.

Passenger Lists

Front Side, Passenger Manifest, United States Mail Steamship Company, SS Hudson, 1921
Reverse Side, Passenger Manifest, United States Mail Steamship Company, SS Hudson, 1921

1921-06-22 Passenger Manifest - SS Hudson

Rare Passenger Manifest / Passage Contract for the 22 June 1922 Voyage on board the SS Hudson of the United States Mail Steamship Company, Inc. from Bremen to New York for Yugoslavian Immigrant Theresia Floc and Daughter.

Contract for Third Class/Steerage Passage - 1921

1921-09-17 Contract for Third Class/Steerage Passage on the SS Washington

Contract for third class/steerage passage on the SS George Washington by a German Immigrant on 17 September 1921, sailing from Bremen to New York.

Front Brochure Cover of Passenger Ships Owned by the United States Government Published in 1922

1922 Brochure - Passenger Ships of the United States Lines

One of the first and most comprehensive brochures on the early beginnings of the United States Lines. Many photographs documents the cabin class (First Class/Second Class) amenities on the many ships of the USL. Undated, but likely published in 1922 before the Leviathan came into service in 1923.

1922-07-12 SS America

1922-07-12 SS America Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 12 July 1922
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain W. Rind
1922-08-02 SS President Monroe

1922-08-02 SS President Monroe Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 2 August 1922
  • Route: London to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain M. L. Pittman, U.S.N.R.F
Front Cover - SS President Monroe Captains Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare 10 August 1922

1922-08-10 SS President Monroe Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Captain's Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from 10 August 1922 featured Poached Halibot, Normandie, Lamb Cutlets, Dartois, and Glacé au Chocolat for dessert. A list of chief officers for this voyage was included.

Prepaid Passage Ticket, Polish Immigrant, United States Lines, 1922

1922-10-10 Prepaid Passage Polish Immigrant

Prepaid Ticket and Contract for Polish Immigrant from Bremen to Chicago IL on the United States Lines. Ticket included Train to Chicago and Transatlantic Ocean Fare in the Cabin Class.

Front Cover of 1923 Brochure Introducing the Flagship of the United States Lines, the Incomparable Steamship Leviathan.

1923 Brochure - United States Lines The Steamship Leviathan

This 1923 Brochure captures the grand elegance and beauty of the World's Largest Steamship - the SS Leviathan of the United States Lines. The large photographs will allow you to envision the incredible luxury found on this very popular ocean liner.

Front Brochure Cover, Third Class Passage to Europe - 1923

1923 Brochure - USL Third Class Passage to Europe

The ships included in this 1923 brochure from the United States Lines include the great Leviathan, the largest liner in the world; the popular George Washington; America, largest "cabin" ship in the world; the famous "President" ships, President Harding and President Roosevelt, and the newly reconditioned Republic.

1923-01-06 SS President Harding

1923-01-06 SS President Harding Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 6 January 1923
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain P. C. Grening, U.S.N.R
1923-02-24 SS President Garfield

1923-02-24 SS President Garfield Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 24 February 1923
  • Route: London to New York via Cherbourg and Queenstown (Cobh)
  • Commander: Captain H. L. Look, U.S.N.R.F
1923-07-18 SS President Van Buren

1923-07-18 SS President Van Buren Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 18 July 1923
  • Route: New York to London via Plymouth and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain A. M. Moore, U.S.N.R.F
1923-10-19 SS President Arthur

1923-10-19 SS President Arthur Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 19 October 1923
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain P. H. Kreibohm, U.S.N.R.F
Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Bill of Fare - 19 October 1923

1923-10-19 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Friday, 19 October 1923 featured Boiled Beef Tongue à la Florentine, Roast Fresh Ham, Hollandaise, and Isabella Cake for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Menu - 21 October 1923

1923-10-21 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Sunday, 21 October 1923 featured Calf’s Head en Tortue, Roast Loin Pork Paysanne, and Sponge Cake for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Menu - 22 October 1923

1923-10-22 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Monday, 22 October 1923 featured Patties à la Reine, Fried Lamb Tongue Tomato Sauce, and Jelly Rolls for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

SS President Arthur Breakfast Bill of Fare 23 October 1923

1923-10-23 SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu

Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from 23 October 1923 featured Scrambled Eggs aux Crevettes, Fried Flounder with Melted Butter, and Calfs Liver with Bacon. The Bill of Fare selections were printed in both English and German.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Luncheon Bill of Fare - 23 October 1923

1923-10-23 SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 23 October 1923 featured Beef Roulade, Sauce Piquante, Chicken Maryland, and Blueberry Pie for dessert.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Menu - 23 October 1923

1923-10-23 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Tuesday, 23 October 1923 featured Tripe à la Viennoise, Roast Surrey Capon, Bread Sauce, and Richelieu Cake for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu 24 October 1923

1923-10-24 SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu

Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from Tuesday, 24 October 1923 featured extensive offerings including Fried Cod Fish Steaks in Tomato Sauce, Omelette Sarah Bernhardt, and Poached Eggs Rothschild. The Bill of Fare selections were printed in English and German.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu - 24 October 1923

1923-10-24 SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 24 October 1923 featured Baked Weakfish Créole, English Steak & Kidney Pie, and Compote of Apricots for dessert.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Menu - 24 October 1923

1923-10-24 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Wednesday, 24 October 1923 featured Veal Cutlets à la Pojarski, Fricandelles aux Morilles, and Brabanter Tart for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu 25 October 1923

1923-10-25 SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu

Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from Thursday, 25 October 1923 featured an extensive selection including Fried Eel in Drawn Butter, Scrambled Eggs à la Kleber, and Goulas à la Minute. The Bill of Fare selections were printed in English and German.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu - 25 October 1923

1923-10-25 SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 25 October 1923 featured Fried Flounder, Potato Salad, Hamburger Steak with Onion Sauce, and Peach Pie for dessert.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Menu - 25 October 1923

1923-10-25 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu Card

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare Card from Thursday, 25 October 1923 featured Croquettes of Beef Tenderloin, Mushroom sauce, Prague Ham à la Metternich, and Raisin Tartlets for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu 26 October 1923

1923-10-26 SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu

Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from 26 October 1923 featured fruits, Cereals, Fish, Eggs & Pancakes, Meats, Mutton Chops, Potatoes and Toast.

Breakfast Menu and Concert Program, SS President Arthur, United States Lines, October 27, 1923

1923-10-27 SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu and Concert Program

Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare and Concert Program from 27 October 1923 offered Salted Cod and Fried Sole along with Stewed Apples for the Day's addition to standard American breakfast fare.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu - 27 October 1923

1923-10-27 SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 27 October 1923 featured Boiled Turbot, Horseradish Butter, Creamed Pork Tenderloin, and Blackberry Pie for dessert.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Menu - 27 October 1923

1923-10-27 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Saturday, 27 October 1923 featured Croquettes of Beef Tenderloin, Mushroom sauce, Baked Bluefish Creole, and Linzer Cake for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

Breakfast Menu, SS President Arthur, United States Lines, October 28, 1923

1923-10-28 SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu

Sunday's Breakfast Bill of Fare from 28 October 1923 featured Fried Codfish Steak, Fried Flounder, Rossini Eggs à la Turbigo and Diamond Stew in addition to traditional American fare.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu - 28 October 1923

1923-10-28 SS President Arthur Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 28 October 1923 featured Filet of Sole, Sauce Rémoulade, Corned Shoulder of Pork, Red Cabbage, and Apricot Pie for dessert.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Menu - 28 October 1923

1923-10-28 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Sunday, 28 October 1923 featured Sweetbread Patties à la Toulouse, Salmi of Gosling Chipolatas, and Wiener Cake for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

Front Cover, SS President Arthur Dinner Menu - 29 October 1923

1923-10-29 SS President Arthur Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Monday, 29 October 1923 featured Yorkshire Ham Glace & Asparagus Tips, Chicken Croquettes Petits Pois, and Pound Cake for dessert. The menu, published in English and German, included a Concert Program.

Breakfast Menu, SS President Arthur, United States Lines, November 1, 1923

1923-11-01 SS President Arthur Breakfast Menu

Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare from Thursday, 1 November 1923 onboard the SS President Arthur featured Omelette à la Jurassienne, Shirred Eggs Meyerbeer, and Fricandelles, Onion Sauce in addition to tradational American fare.

Second Class Prepaid Passage Ticket - Polish Immigrant Girl (1923)

1923-12-11 Prepaid Steamship Ticket - Polish Immigrant Girl

Janina Kozlowski was a 13 Year-Old Polish Immigrant girl traveling from Antwerp to New York on the SS Zeeland who arrived in New York on 10 November 1923. If you look under Terms of Contract, #16 prohibits children under 16 traveling alone.

Front Cover of 1924 Brochure from the United States Lines for Travel Between New York and Several European Ports.

1924 Brochure - USL - New York - Plymouth - Cherbourg - Southampton - Bremen

32-Page brochure from the United States Lines provides many interior views of their fleet of transatlantic steamships published in 1924. This brochure does not include their flagship -- the SS Leviathan as they prepared a separate booklet for that ship.

Front Cover of a 1924 Brochure from the United States Lines Entitled "The American Way to Europe.

1924 Brochure - United States Lines - The American Way to Europe

Comprehensive brochure from the United States Lines developed to provide information and photographs that describe the ships and amenities geared to Americans traveling to Europe. Also contains brief information on sites to see in European countries along with passport information.

Passenger Manifest, United States Lines, SS America 1924

1924-02-22 SS America Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 22 February 1924
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain W. Rind
1924-07-07 SS America

1924-07-07 SS America Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 27 July 1924
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain W. Rind
1924-08-05 SS Leviathan

1924-08-05 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 5 August 1924
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R.F
Front Cover, Passenger Manifest, SS George Washington, United States Lines, August 1924

1924-08-22 SS George Washington Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 22 August 1924
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. A. Cunningham, U.S.N.R.F
1924-09-19 SS George Washington

1924-09-19 SS George Washington Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 19 September 1924
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. A. Cunningham
1924-09-29 SS America

1924-09-29 SS America Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 29 September 1924
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton, Cherbourg, and Queenstown (Cobh)
  • Commander: Captain W. Rind
1925-07-25 SS Leviathan

1925-07-25 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 25 July 1925
  • Route: New York to Southampton via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R.F
1925-08-05 SS America

1925-08-05 SS America Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 5 August 1925
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain W. Rind, U.S.N.R.F
1925-08-25 SS Leviathan

1925-08-25 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class and Tourist Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 25 August 1925
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R.F
1925-09-23 SS George Washington

1925-09-23 SS George Washington Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 23 September 1925
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. A. Cunningham, U.S.N.R.F
1926-07-28 SS President Harding

1926-07-28 SS President Harding Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 28 July 1926
  • Route: New York to Bremen via Cobh (Queenstown), Plymouth and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Theodore Van Beek, U.S.N.R
Passenger Manifest, United States Lines SS Leviathan 1926

1926-08-10 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 10 August 1926
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Herbert Hartley, USNR
1926-09-08 SS President Harding

1926-09-08 SS President Harding Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 8 September 1926
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton Cherbourg and Cobh (Queenstown)
  • Commander: Captain Theodore Van Beek, U.S.N.R.F
1926-09-21 SS Leviathan

1926-09-21 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 21 September 1926
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R
1926-09-24 SS Republic

1926-09-24 SS Republic Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 24 September 1926
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton, Cherbourg, and Cobh (Queenstown)
  • Commander: Captain A. B. Randall, U.S.N.R.F
Front Cover, SS Republic Captains FarewellDinner Bill of Fare - 3 October 1926

1926-10-03 SS Republic Farewell Dinner Menu and Music Program

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare and Music Program from 3 October 1926 featured Filet of Solo à la Doria, Saddle of Lamb, Brabant, and Profiteroles Glacé au Chocolat for dessert. This beautifully scripted Bill of Fare also listed chief officers of the ship.

1927-03-16 SS President Harding

1927-03-16 SS President Harding Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 16 March 1927
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Theodore Van Beek, U.S.N.R
1927-04-19 SS Leviathan

1927-04-19 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 19 April 1927
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Commodore Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R
1927-06-21 SS Leviathan

1927-06-21 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 21 June 1927
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Commodore Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R
1927-10-11 SS Leviathan

1927-10-11 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: American Legion Passengers (Second A.E.F.)
  • Date of Departure: 11 October 1927
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Commodore Herbert Hartley, U.S.N.R
1928-03-13 SS Leviathan

1928-03-13 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 13 March 1928
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. A. Cunningham
Front Cover, SS Leviathan Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare - 10 May 1928

1928-05-10 SS Leviathan Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from 10 May 1928 featured Reindeer Steak, Poivrade, Plovers à la Souvaroff, and Soufflé Confiture for dessert.

Dinner Menu, United States Lines SS Leviathan, Private Party - 1928

1928-06-10 SS Leviathan Private Dinner Party

Elaborate Private Party Dinner Bill of Fare. This Sunday Dinner hosted by Mr. S. B. Applebaum featured Filet of Sole and Roast Vermont Turkey with Crème Dame Blanche. This four-page Bill of Fare was bound by an elegant Red, White and Blue striped and tasseled string.

Steamship Ticket, Third Class, United States Lines - 1928

1928-10-03 Passenger Ticket SS George Washington

Third Class Passenger Ticket for a German national for a transatlantic voyage from Bremen, Germany to New York on 3 October 1928. The contract was written in both German and English.

1929-03-30 SS Leviathan

1929-03-30 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 30 March 1929
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Commodore H. A. Cunningham
1929-08-27 SS Leviathan

1929-08-27 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 27 August 1929
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Commodore H. A. Cunningham
1930-08-05 SS George Washington

1930-08-05 SS George Washington Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 5 August 1930
  • Route: Hamburg to New York via Southampton, Cherbourg, and Cobh (Queenstown)
  • Commander: Captain A. B. Randall
Menu Cover, Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare & Musical Program, SS George Washington, USL 1931

1931-07-07 SS George Washington Farewell Dinner Menu and Musical Program

Stately Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare and Musical Program, complete with a photograph of the dinner guests for this 7 July 1931 meal on board the SS George Washington of the United States Lines. Includes Photo of Dinner Guest at Farewell Gala.

Passenger Manifest, SS Leviathan, United States Lines, September 1932

1932-09-09 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 9 September 1932
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Commodore Albert B. Randall, U.S.N.R
Steamship Ticket - Tourist Cabin - United States Lines SS Leviathan, 1932

1932-09-10 Tourist Cabin Contract SS Leviathan

Steamship Ticket - United States Lines, Tourist Cabin Contract Ticket, Dutch Woman, Rotterdam (Cherbourg) to New York aboard the SS Leviathan.

Passenger Manifest, SS Leviathan, United States Lines, November 1932, Bremen to New York

1932-11-25 SS Leviathan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class and Tourist Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 25 November 1932
  • Route: Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Commodore Albert B. Randall, U.S.N.R
Menu Card, SS Washington Luncheon Bill of Fare - 6 July 1933

1932-07-06 SS Washington Luncheon Menu Card

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

Front Cover, SS Washington Dinner Bill of Fare - 22 November 1933

1933-11-22 SS Washington Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Wednesday, 22 November 1933 on board the SS Washington of the United States Lines featured Veal Tenderloin, Mouquin Style, Vichied Loin of Pork, Périgord Sauce, and Fruit Jell-O, Whipped Cream for dessert.

Front Cover, SS Washington Dinner Menu - 25 November 1933

1923-11-25 SS Washington Dinner Menu

Vintage Tourist Cabin Dinner Bill of Fare from 25 November 1933 featured Boiled Red Snapper, Sauce Américaine, Double Entrecôte, Lyonnaise, and Tutti Frutti Ice Cream for dessert.

SS President Harding Dinner Bill of Fare Card - 7 April 1934

1934-04-07 SS President Harding Dinner Menu Card

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare Card from Saturday, 7 April 1934 on board the SS President Harding of the United States Lines featured Calf’s Head en Tortue, Baked Mackerel, Mexicaine, and FeaturedDessert for dessert. The reverse side contained weather notations by the passengers.

Breakfast Bill of Fare Card, SS President Harding, United States Lines, April 1934, Third Class

1934-04-08 SS President Harding Breakfast Menu Card

Colorful breakfast Bill of Fare card from the SS President Harding offered a Third Cabin viewpoint through the passenger's diary of the day written on the back of the menu.

Menu Card, SS President Harding Luncheon Bill of Fare Card - 10 April 1934

1934-04-10 SS President Harding Luncheon Menu

Vintage Third Cabin Luncheon Menu from 10 April 1934 on board the SS President Harding of the United States Lines featured Braised Short Ribs of Beef, Fermière, Irish Lamb Stew, and Bon Bon Biscuits for dessert. Reverse Side contained personal notes from the passenger regarding voyage.

Front Cover, SS President Harding Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare - 12 April 1934

1934-04-12 SS President Harding Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from 12 April 1934 featured Fried Plaice, Meunière, Baked Irish Ham, and Neapolitan Ice Cream for dessert. The Bill of Fare included the Credo for the United States Lines.

SS President Harding Breakfast Menu Card 13 April 1934

1934-04-13 SS President Harding Breakfast Menu Card

Vintage Third Cabin Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 13 April 1934 featured Salt Mackerel, Clear Butter, Scrambled Eggs with Bacon or Plain, and Fried Country Sausage.

SS President Harding Dinner Menu Card - 13 April 1934

1934-04-13 SS President Harding Dinner Menu Card

Vintage Third Cabin Dinner Bill of Fare Card from Friday, 13 April 1934 featured Lamb Stew à la Bretonne, Roast Beef au Jus, and Chocolate Pudding, Vanilla Sauce for dessert.

Front Cover, Passenger Manifest, SS Washington, United States Lines, May 1934, Westbound

1934-05-23 SS Washington Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 23 May 1934
  • Route: Hamburg on for New York via Havre, Southampton, and Cobh (Queenstown)
  • Commander: Captain George Fried, U.S.N. (Retired)
Menu Cover - Dinner Bill of Fare and Musical Program, USL SS Manhattan - July 1934

1934-07-24 SS Manhattan Dinner Menu

Elegant Vintage Second Cabin Dinner Bill of Fare from Tuesday, 24 July 1934 featured Fresh Sole Sauté, Meunière - Potato Salad, Râgout Financière en Cassolette, Fleurons , and Soufflé Mercedes for dessert. The four page Bill of Fare included a Musical Program.

1934-08-01 SS Manhattan

1934-08-01 SS Manhattan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 1 August 1934
  • Route: Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton, and Cobh
  • Commander: Captain Schuyler F. Cumings
Front Cover, SS Manhattan Dinner Bill of Fare - 12 April 1935

1935-04-12 SS Manhattan Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Friday, 12 April 1935 featured Fried Filet of Lemon Sole, Sauce Cavour, Stuffed Egg à la Parisienne - Fried Parsley, and Crêpes Parisienne for dessert. The Bill of Fare included a Musical Program.

Front Cover, SS Manhattan Dinner Bill of Fare - 13 April 1935

1935-04-13 SS Manhattan Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from 13 April 1935 featured a very extensive selection including Lobster à la Newburg, Chester Straws, Fresh Ox Tongue, Sauce Polonaise, and Cheese Soufflé for dessert. A musical program accompanied this menu.

Front Cover, Easter Dinner Menu, SS Manhattan, United States Lines, April 21, 1935

1935-04-21 SS Manhattan Easter Dinner Menu

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

1936-10-21 SS Manhattan

1936-10-21 SS Manhattan Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Third Class
  • Date of Departure: 21 October 1936
  • Route: Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton, and Cobh
  • Commander: Commodore A. B. Randall, Cmdr., U.S.N.R
Front Cover United States Lines Log 1938

1938 Brochure 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.

1938-08-31 SS President Roosevelt

1938-08-31 SS President Roosevelt Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 31 August 1938
  • Route: Hamburg to New York via Havre, Southampton, and Cobh
  • Commander: Captain William Dougherty
1939-08-22 SS Washington

1939-08-22 SS Washington Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 22 August 1939
  • Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton, and Cobh
  • Commander: Giles C. Stedman, Lt. Cmdr., U.S.N.R
1947-09-05 SS America II

1947-09-05 SS America Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 5 September 1947
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and Cobh
  • Commander: Commodore Harry Manning
Menu Cover, Captain's Dinner Menu, SS America, United States Lines, August 1954

1954-08-10 SS America Captain's Dinner Menu

Large Format Vintage Captain's Dinner Bill of Fare from Tuesday, 10 August 1954 featured Lobster à la Newburg, Grilled Choice T-Bone Steak, Sauce Bercy, and Compote: Preserved Black Bing Cherries for dessert. The Bill of Fare includes autographs and statements by the guests.

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 1

1972 - Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 1

In September 1911, workers in the shipyard of Blohm & Voss in Hamburg started on a new ship that would be christened VATERLAND. The world would come to know her best as the LEVIATHAN, one of the grandest and most storied ocean liners of all time.

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 2

1974 - Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 2

United States Lines: "LEVIATHAN: The World's Greatest Ship, Volume 2", by Frank Braynard, published in 1974, hardbound with original dust jacket, 380 pages. Braynard has created what is probably the most extensive history ever written about a single ship.

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 3

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 3

This book is volume 3 and picks up the LEVIATHAN saga as the ship begins transatlantic service for the United States Lines in 1923 and continues through 1926. Braynard tells the story of life aboard, prominent passengers, and her problems as a government owned ship. There are hundreds of great photos which makes for wonderful browsing and reading.

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 4

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 4

This book is volume 4 and picks up the LEVIATHAN saga in 1926 during the height of the ship's popularity and ends with the stock market crash in 1929. The ship's fortunes fell quickly after that. There are hundreds of great photos, including a section of color ones, which makes for wonderful browsing and reading.

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 5

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 5

This book is volume 5 and picks up the LEVIATHAN saga as the Great Depression starts and deeply cuts into passenger loads. The great ship produces nothing but red ink for USL and even bargain cruises do not help. The ship is put into lay-up and offered for sale. There are hundreds of great photos which makes for wonderful browsing and reading.

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 6

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 6

This book is the final volume and picks up the LEVIATHAN saga in her final years of lay-up in Hoboken. She sailed a few voyages in 1934 but otherwise spent her final years rusting at the pier. In 1938 her old boilers were fired one last time for a slow journey to the breakers. Many large photos of her abandoned interiors, as well as a fold-out color Albert Brenet painting of the ship approaching the breakers. There are hundreds of great photos which makes for wonderful browsing and reading.

Front Cover, Picture History of the SS United States

2003 - Picture History of the SS United States

An international authority on ocean liners and the author of more than 45 books on the subject, William Miller has had a lifelong love affair with these magnificent ships--including the SS United States. Like many of this ship's loyal following, Miller was awed by its size, beautiful lines, aura of glamour, and speed. (Its maiden voyage in 1952 was a record-breaking one.) All these elements are captured in a book that pays tribute to this symbol of brilliant maritime technology.

 

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Other USL Ephemera at the GG 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 SS George Washington - Promenade Deck and Upper Deck (B & C Decks).
  • 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.
  • 1922-08-10 Musical Program, SS President Monroe, Concert in Veranda Café in aid of Seamen's Charities.
  • 1923-10-31 Musical Program, Concert Given by the Ship's Orchestra, Leader, Georg Grützner.
  • 1926-04-05 Sailing Schedule Brochure: New York, Cobh (Queenstown), Plymouth, Southampton, Cherbourg and Bremen. East and Westbound schedule April through November 1926.
  • 1926-10-03 Concert Program, SS Republic, For the Benefit of Seamen's Charities and the Actors Fund of the United States. Lists names of the musicians and vocalists.
  • 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, SS Leviathan, Southampton and Cherbourg to New York, Captain H. A. Cunningham.
  • 1928-07-18 List of Cabin Passengers, SS 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, SS George Washingon. $208.75 fare for 27 Year Old Rudolph Aehlich.
  • 1930-09-08 List of Cabin Passengers, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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; SS Leviathan Lounge; Dining Saloon; Club Leviathan; Pompeiian Pool; Children's Playroom; Smoking Room; Suite with Connecting Bath; Suite Sitting Room; Stateroom for Two; SS Leviathan; SS 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, SS Manhattan, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Havre, Captain George Fried. Shirt Pocket Sized.
  • 1933-05-24 List of Tourist Class Passengers, Maiden Voyage of the SS 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, SS 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, SS Manhattan, Voyage 29, Westbound, Hamburg to New York via Le Havre, Southampton and Cobh.
  • 1934-10-24 List of Cabin Passengers, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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.
  • 1935-04-16 Gala Dinner Menu and Musical Program, SS Manhattan. Engraving of Heidelberg Castle (Germany) on cover.
  • 1935-04-18 Dinner Menu and Musical Program, SS Manhattan, Engraving of Westminster Abbey, London, England on cover.
  • 1935-05-28 List of Cabin Passengers, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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, SS 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, SS Washiogton, Havre to New York via Southampton and Cobh, Captain Giles C. Stedman, Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R.

 

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