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Title Brochure: New York to Europe on U.S. Government Ships. United States Lines. Operators for U.S. Shipping Board. Issued circa September 1921.
Object Name Brochure
Catalog Number 2012.001.0012
Collection Hoboken Transportation Collection
Credit Museum Collections.
Scope & Content Brochure: New York to Europe on U.S. Government Ships. United States Lines. Operators for U.S. Shipping Board. Issued circa September 1921. Printed booklet, 9" high x 8" wide folded to 4" wide. Color cover, [16] pp., photo illustrated, route map.
(n.b. cover is considered as page [16] which is typical of the pagination for this publication format.)

This travel brochure is an important document from the first year that this line was in operation. Page [15] has "Minimum Rates, Effective September 1, 1921." Hoboken is not mentioned, but the line sailed from Pier 1 in Hoboken when it began scheduled sailings (see archives 2012.001.0011 for United States Lines, Sailing List No. 4, Nov. 26, 1921.)

Most of the brochure is devoted to the amenities of the S.S. George Washington and S.S. America. Photographs, interior and exterior including deck activities, illustrate these descriptions. The centerspread is cabin plans of B and C decks on the George Washington.

Other vessels mentioned:
S.S. Potomac
S.S. Princess Matoika
S.S. Hudson
S.S. Panhandle State
S.S. Centennial State
[The six below do not show up in Sailing List No. 4, Nov. 26, 1921.]
S.S. Old North State
S.S. Susquehanna
[The four below are not listed on a scheduled route in this brochure.]
S.S. Agamemnon
S.S. Mount Vernon
S.S. President Grant
S.S. Pocahontas

Notable is that the minimum rates are slightly different than those published in United States Lines, Sailing List No. 4, Nov. 26, 1921 (archives 2012.001.0011.)

The United States Lines was based in New York at 45 Broadway, but sailed from Hoboken after World War I. It was created in 1921 from assets of a different, previous line. Due to the economic climate, it received large government subsidies overseen by the U.S. Shipping Board. These subsidies or incentives were necessary for the disposal, sale and return to service of the large fleet of ocean liners or passenger ships that had been converted for use as troop transport ships during World War I (many had been confiscated German vessels used for troop transportation.)

The piers at Hoboken were owned by the federal government controlled by the U.S. Maritime Commission due to their previous use as the U.S. Army Port of Embarkation and later, Debarkation.


Notes Text from page [15], left column

MINIMUM RATES
New York - Plymouth - Cherbourg - Bremen
---------------------------------------------------PLYMOUTH CHERBOURG BREMEN
George Washington First Class $220 $220 $220
Second Class 125 130 150
Third Class 87.50 90 125

America First Class $220 $220 $220
Second Class 125 130 150
Third Class 87.50 90 125

New York - Plymouth - Boulogne - London
----------------------------------------------------PLYMOUTH BOULOGNE LONDON
OLD NORTH STATE
CENTENNIAL STATE First Class $195 $195 $195
PANHANDLE STATE Third Class 85 90 85

New York - Bremen - Danzig
------------------------------------------------------------Bremen Danzig
HUDSON
PRINCESS MATOIKA Cabin $130 $175
SUSQUEHANNA Third Class 125 135
POTOMAC

U. S. War Revenue Tax
In addition to the above Rates United States
War Revenue Tax must be collected on each passage as follows:

Passage costing over $10.00 not exceeding $30.00$1.00
" " 30.00 " " 60.00 3.00
" " 60.00 " " [blank] 5.00



Date 1921
Year Range from 1921
Year Range to 1921
Search Terms United States Lines
United States Shipping Board
S.S. America
S.S. George Washington
S.S. Potomac
S.S. Princess Matoika
S.S. Hudson
S.S. Panhandle State
S.S. Centennial State
S.S. Agamemnon
S.S. Mount Vernon
S.S. President Grant
S.S. Pocahontas
S.S. Old North State
S.S. Susquehanna
Port of Debarkation
World War I
Pier 1
Caption front cover (part pg 16 as folded)
Imagefile 137\20120010012.TIF
Classification Ships
Pier
Government & Politics
Business & Commerce
Transportation