Ocean Liner Gala Program Guide Photos


Following in the tradition of our first four Ocean Liner Galas, SSHSA will be publishing a commemorative visual tribute of the United States Lines. Sponsorships are available for $500 for a full page, unless otherwise noted, and can be customized with a company logo and a short message. We are extending opportunities for you to pay tribute to SSHSA in this landmark year–celebrating 85 years of our organization. For $85, you can have a celebratory message in the Gala Program. Click on an image to see an enlarged version.

Fill out the form below the images to select your top three choices for images on your sponsorship page. You can check a box to include an additional 85th Anniversary message. Once you submit the form, we will contact you for payment. You can view examples of our tributes to the Queen Mary, the Titanic, the Normandie, and the Italian Line.


1:
$500
U.S. Mail Lines was founded in 1920 with a fleet of confiscated German liners, interned in U.S. ports during World War One.

Photo credit: www.nautiques.net
2:
$500
Here is the vessel that would become the flagship of the newly formed United States Lines, the LEVIATHAN.

Photo credit: Richard Rabbett.
3:
$500
A splendid painting by maritime artist Albert Brenet showing the LEVIATHAN decked out as the new flagship of the United States Lines.

Photo credit: The Braynard Collection.
4 & 5:
$1,000
In this excellent cutaway, you can see how immense the LEVIATHAN was. The grand First Class public rooms were clustered along the centerline of the ship where the ride was steadiest.

Photo credit: Richard Rabbett.
6:
$500
This gentleman is Elmo Pickerell, chief radio operator on the LEVIATHAN.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
7:
$500
Officer Pickerell is standing by the nameboard in this New York photo.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
8:
$500
The elegant First Class Dining Salon on the LEVIATHAN.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
9:
$500
Here is a collection of celebrities who sailed on the LEVIATHAN.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
10:
$500
In an effort of jazz up their flagship, in 1930 USL ripped out the stodgy Palm Court and replaced it with the swank Club Leviathan.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
11:
$500
Alas, in the depths of the Great Depression USL gave up on their fading flagship and shuffled it off to lay-up across the river in Hoboken.

Photo credit: Richard Rabbett.
12:
$500
LEVIATHAN & MANHATTAN came first, shown at top with her stylish stubby funnels, all the rage in the early 1930s.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
13:
$500
The Smoking Room on the WASHINGTON.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
14:
$500
This travel agency poster proclaims the MANHATTAN as “the greatest liner ever built in America.”

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
15:
$500
Designed by William Francis Gibbs, the AMERICA is shown here shortly before her launch from the Newport News Shipyard in August 1939.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
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$500
Here is the AMERICA on her trials in June 1940.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
17:
$500
No more cherubs gazing down from the heavens, AMERICA’s First Class Dining Room was 1930s sleek.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
18:
$500
Her wide Promenade Deck provided plenty of space for passengers to relax.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
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$500
AMERICA’s civilian service was cut short by war and in 1941 she was drafted as a troopship.

Photo credit: Richard Rabbett.
20:
$500
A new era; a new flagship. The magnificent UNITED STATES is shown here at the Newport News Shipyard, shortly before her trials in June 1952.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
21:
$500
The UNITED STATES was designed to be the fastest ocean liner in the world.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
22 & 23:
$1,000
A popular United States Lines brochure called “Let’s Look Inside the World’s Fastest Liner” opened to 32” wide.

Photo credit: www.nautiques.net
24:
$500
USL used this great image extensively in advertising and promotion.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
25:
$500
The UNITED STATES offered spacious cabins done up in bright colors.

Photo credit:
www.nautiques.net
26:
$500
At top is the AMERICAN RACER, a break-bulk freighter with beautiful lines. At bottom is the AMERICAN ASTRONAUT, built in the late 1960s to carry that new-fangled invention, the shipping container.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
27:
$500
Here is the forlorn LEVIATHAN, arriving at Rosyth, Scotland ship breakers.

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
28:
$500
After WW2, MANHATTAN and WASHINGTON went into long-term lay-up on the Hudson, north of New York City (MANHATTAN is the second ship from the left and WASHINTON is third).

Photo credit: SSHSA Archives.
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$500
After retirement from USL in 1964, the AMERICA went onto a further career as an immigrant ship to Australia and then as a faded cruise liner.
30:
$500
That leaves the UNITED STATES. Now owned by the United States Conservancy, plans are developing for the ship to become hotel, exhibition and office space. Stayed tuned.

Photo credit: Patrick Murphy.

Fill out the form below to select your top three choices for images on your sponsorship page ($500 unless otherwise noted). You can check a box to include an additional 85th Anniversary message for $85. Once you submit the form, we will contact you for payment.

Add 85th Anniversary Message for $85