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Name Leviathan
Details Built as the S.S. Vaterland for the Hamburg American Line which used Hoboken has its American home port. The ship was interned in Hoboken shortly after the start of World War I in Europe and confiscated in 1917 when the U.S. entered the war. It was then operated as the U.S.S. Leviathan (U.S. Army Transport Service) from the Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, 1917-1919. Decommissioned as the Leviathan in October 1919, it became the S.S. Leviathan under the U.S. Shipping Board and United States Lines. It returned to service as an ocean liner in 1924.

Hoboken was nominally its American home port where United States Lines used piers for most sailings, but it actually sailed from Pier 86 (46th Street) in Manhattan (New York City) due to its size. It was retired to Hoboken in June 1933 and resumed service on June 9, 1934 for five more passages before leaving service permanently. Mothballed in Hoboken. Scrapped 1938.

Ship departed Hoboken on January 25, 1938 for Scotland to be scrapped.
Number of Archive records 10
Number of Object records 13
Number of Library records 6
Number of Photo records 25

Associated Records

Typescript: Christmas Comes to Hoboken. by Charles Bogert. Written 2005 about childhood Christmases in Hoboken of the 1950's. - Manuscript

Typescript: Christmas Comes to Hoboken. by Charles Bogert. Ten page 6,000 word typescript, 8-1/2" x 11" high. Recollections of childhood Christmases in Hoboken not date, but apparently from the 1950's. See full text in notes. Includes great detail of shopping on Washington Street and other streets with specific information about stores, restaurants, and many other businesses. Also text about church activities as a family and friends. Document OCR scanned and available in full in notes. All spellings are as per author. Page numbers were deleted. Also PDF. All formats on CD.

Image of Troop billet card for U.S.S. Leviathan, U.S. Navy Armed Transport, no date, circa 1917-1919. - Card, Admittance

Troop billet card for U.S.S. Leviathan, U.S. Navy Armed Transport, no date, circa 1917-1919. - Card, Admittance

Troop billet card for U.S.S. Leviathan, U.S. Navy Armed Transport, no date, circa 1917-1919. Printed card stock, 3" high x 4-1/2" wide. Used during World War I when the Leviathan operated out of Hoboken which was the Port of Embarkation and later Port of Debarkation for U.S. Army personnel. This ticket or pass is printed in blue ink with specific location information printed in red. The red printing indicates that the compartment "ERS-1" is located on "E" deck "Amidship." Bunk is printed as "No. 1559" and is crossed out and inked in as "500." Deck space: "B-Deck port side." Latrines and washroom in compartment: "E-Room Sec. No. 1." Abandon Ship Mustering Station: "No. 4," located: "B-Deck

Image of Ho-Hi of 1923. Yearbook of the February Class of Hoboken High School. - Yearbook

Ho-Hi of 1923. Yearbook of the February Class of Hoboken High School. - Yearbook

Yearbook: The Ho-Hi. Volume One, Nineteen Twenty-three. Published by the February Class of Nineteen Twenty-three of Hoboken High School. 8vo cloth. pp. 1-168; advertisements I-XXXVI [1-36.] Entries for the graduating students includes their home addresses and several were not Hoboken residents. Along with agroup photo of the June class there are group photos of the six other classes: the February and June classes of the Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen ('Freshies'.) The members of those classes are published, but are not in the name index of this record. Pages 4-8 have a photo of Joseph F. Brandt and a memoriam. He died on April 30, 1922 after less than a year as the Superintendent

Image of Transcript, oral history: Ralph Seligman, City Planner, March 6, 2010. - Transcript

Transcript, oral history: Ralph Seligman, City Planner, March 6, 2010. - Transcript

Transcript of oral history interview of Ralph Seligman, March 6, 2010 conducted by Grace [E.] Lynch & Caroline Carlson. Typescript, loose leaves, 8-1/2" x 11", cover sheet + 64 pp. PDF & MS-Word document on file. Full text is in notes. Interview held at home of Ralph and Pearl Seligman, Roosevelt, New Jersey. Done as part of the Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken Oral History Project. Original tapes and transcripts on file at the Library. Ralph Seligman, who came to Hoboken as a City Planner in the 1960s and worked in Hoboken until 1994, was responsible for writing the application that brought the Model Cities Program to Hoboken. He also wrote the 1978 Master Plan for the Ci

Image of Brochure: United States Lines. Sailing Schedule. Sailing List No. 26. May 1, 1924.
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Brochure: United States Lines. Sailing Schedule. Sailing List No. 26. May 1, 1924. - Schedule

Brochure: United States Lines. Sailing Schedule. Sailing List No. 26. May 1, 1924. Printed sheet, 9" high x 12" wide folded to 4" wide. Back panel code: 40M- P.& V.B. Co. - Form Psgr. 90 - 5-6-24. ---- Back panel: All Steamers sail from Piers 3 and 4, Hoboken, N.J. except LEVIATHAN which sails from Pier 86, North River, foot of West 46th St. New York. ---- At this time, United States Lines had their General Offices at 45 Broadway, New York. A timetable or schedule for this line whose fleet was former ocean liners that had been troopships for the U.S. Army Transport Service in World War I. Most of them served that duty in Hoboken when it was the Port of Embarkation and, later

Image of Brochure: United States Lines. Cabin Rates. No. C10. April 1, 1924. "Sailing from Hoboken, N.J."
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Brochure: United States Lines. Cabin Rates. No. C10. April 1, 1924. "Sailing from Hoboken, N.J." - Brochure

Brochure: United States Lines. Cabin Rates. No. C10. April 1, 1924. "Sailing from Hoboken, N.J." Printed booklet, 9" high x 8" wide folded to 4" wide, 16pp. Front panel code: Form Psgr. 86 - 40M- P.& V.B. Co. - 3-21-24. ---- Page 12: Sailing from Piers 3 and 4, Hoboken, N.J. and Pier 86, North River, New York City [Pier 86 was at the foot of 46th Street and was used for the Leviathan.] This publication only has fares for the S.S. Republic and the S.S. America, which in the fleet of this line were termed Cabin Steamers thus the "Cabin Rates." It does not have sailing schedules for either ship. Both of these ships would have sailed from Hoboken. Taxi Rates to Hoboken from New Yor

Image of Ad, magazine: Now the Leviathan, America's greatest & smartest ship, goes to Bremen via Plymouth & Cherbourg. U.S. Lines. In: Nat. Geographic, 1932.
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Ad, magazine: Now the Leviathan, America's greatest & smartest ship, goes to Bremen via Plymouth & Cherbourg. U.S. Lines. In: Nat. Geographic, 1932. - Ad, Magazine

Magazine advertisement: Now the Leviathan, America's greatest and smartest ship, goes to Bremen via Plymouth and Cherbourg. United States Lines, American Merchant Lines. (1932) Half-page black-and-white ad published in National Geographic, 1932 as stated by source (issue number not known; month not indicated, but dates in text suggest April or May issue), page number not indicated. Full leaf present, 6-3/4" wide x 10" high (the ad here is on upper half), as removed from publication and as received. Hoboken was nominally its American home port as part of the company, but it actually sailed from Pier 86 (46th Street) in Manhattan (New York City) due to its size. It was retired to Hoboken

Image of Label, baggage: United States Lines, S.S. Leviathan, Tourist Third Cabin, Baggage Room. Aug. 6, 1929. - Label, Shipping

Label, baggage: United States Lines, S.S. Leviathan, Tourist Third Cabin, Baggage Room. Aug. 6, 1929. - Label, Shipping

Baggage identification label: United States Lines, S.S. Leviathan, Tourist Third Cabin, Baggage Room. August 6, 1929. Printed paper, 3-3/8" x 6" wide, gummed adhesive back. Printed in red with pencil entries. [printed] Name [pencil] Jacob Sheatsley [printed] S.S. [pencil] Leviathan [printed] Date [pencil] Aug. 8, '29 [printed] From [pencil] Southhampton [printed] Room [pencil] 125-4 The United States Lines had its American home port in Hoboken at this time, but the ocean liner, S.S. Leviathan, actually used Pier 86 in New York City due to its size. ---- trunk / luggage /

Image of Postcard: Hamburg-Amerika Linie. S.S. Vaterland. Ca. May 1914. - Postcard

Postcard: Hamburg-Amerika Linie. S.S. Vaterland. Ca. May 1914. - Postcard

Postcard: Hamburg-Amerika Linie. S.S. Vaterland. No date, issued May 21, 1914. Raphael Tuck & Sons. "Oilette" Serie Vaterland No. 959. Color lithographed card, 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" high, divided back; unposted and unused; ink notation on back: 41. 1923. All text in German. (Date per: http://tuckdb.org/sets/4454?set_tab=list) Artist's depiction (signed N. Beraud) of this passenger liner with the HAPAG fleet flag shown at upper left. The vessel joined the fleet in 1913 and made only 7 trans-Atlantic crossings as a Hamburg-America ship before being interned at Hoboken in August 1914 at the start of World War I. (Confiscated in 1917 and became the U.S.N. (or U.S.S.) Leviathan and after the w

Image of Ho-Hi of 1923. Yearbook of the February Class of Hoboken High School. - Yearbook

Ho-Hi of 1923. Yearbook of the February Class of Hoboken High School. - Yearbook

Yearbook: The Ho-Hi. Volume One, Nineteen Twenty-three. Published by the February Class of Nineteen Twenty-three of Hoboken High School. 8vo cloth. pp. 1-168; advertisements I-XXXVI [1-36.] Lacking spine. PDF on file. Entries for the graduating students includes their home addresses and several were not Hoboken residents. Along with agroup photo of the June class there are group photos of the six other classes: the February and June classes of the Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen ('Freshies'.) The members of those classes are published, but are not in the name index of this record. Pages 4-8 have a photo of Joseph F. Brandt and a memoriam. He died on April 30, 1922 after less than a

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. Two copies, both unposted. No publisher indicated or stock number. View is southeast from circa Fourth and River Streets. Sign on River Street entrance gate: Pier No. 1-2. U.S. Army Transport Service, Panama R.R. [Railroad] S.S.[Steamship] Line, Cosmopolitan Line.

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Fire Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Fire Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Fire Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. No publisher indicated or stock number. View is northwest from the Hudson River showing the ruins of the pier shed.

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. No publisher indicated or stock number. View is east from River Street.

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. No publisher indicated or stock number. View is east from River Street.

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24 1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. Two copies, both unposted. No publisher indicated or stock number. View of ruins.

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. No publisher indicated or stock number. View northeast of ruins with ship at berth.

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. No publisher indicated or stock number. View northeast of ruins with ship at berth.

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 6, Hoboken, N.J. Fire Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 6, Hoboken, N.J. Fire Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 6, Hoboken, N.J. Fire Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. Two copies, both unposted. No publisher indicated or stock number. View northeast of ruins with ship at berth in background. All other postcards from this group are titled "Pier 5" with this one the only one labeled "Pier 6."

Image of Postcard: U.S. Army Transport Docks - Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa April 1918 to Nov. 1919; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: U.S. Army Transport Docks - Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa April 1918 to Nov. 1919; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: U.S. Army Transport Docks - Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa April 1918 to December 1918; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (no paper type indicated) back. No publisher indicated. Ships from left as captioned in image: Leviathan, Finland, Agamemnon, Von Steuben, Geo[rge]. Washington, M[artha]. Washington, Antigone. View looking west at the Port of Embarkation (and Debarkation) piers at Hoboken. The pier sheds have signage identifying them as U.S. Army Transport Service. The Leviathan is seen at the left with its dazzle camouflage which was only on the ship from March to December 1918.

Image of Postcard: U.S. Army Transport Docks - Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa April 1918 to Nov. 1919; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: U.S. Army Transport Docks - Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa April 1918 to Nov. 1919; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: U.S. Army Transport Docks - Hoboken, N.J. No date, circa April 1918 to Nov. 1918; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (no paper type indicated) back. 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" wide. No publisher indicated. Ships from left as captioned in image: Leviathan, Finland, Agamemnon, Von Steuben, Geo[rge]. Washington, M[artha]. Washington, Antigone. View looking west at the Port of Embarkation (and Debarkation) piers at Hoboken. The pier sheds have signage identifying them as U.S. Army Transport Service. The Leviathan is seen at the left with its dazzle camouflage which was only on the ship from March to December 1918.