One thing we don’t do on a ship is use color that is at all yellowish green—you know, anything that will remind a traveler of the condition of his stomach.

—Dorothy Marckwald, interior designer, S.S. United States

Articles & Lessons


See beautiful paintings from the Posner Collection.

Read about Stephen Barrett Chase and view his collection of posters.

Learn about the interior design of the Fall River Line.

Read more about Samuel Ward Stanton and his drawings.

Secondary Sources

Click here to download the pdf of Lorraine Coons and Alexander Varias, Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years, “Controversies of Design: Modernism and Traditional Style on the Liners” (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003).

Additional Resources

Download a pdf of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s #ColorOurCollections coloring book.

Check out Mystic Seaport’s Marine Art Gallery.

Watch the videos below to learn how to create a Do It Yourself Origami Sailboat and Steamer.