May 22, 2008 - Sale 2147

Sale 2147 - Lot 363

Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(UNITED STATES LINES.) "George Washington." Group of over 80 pieces related to the ship, including over 55 photographs (all but several are vintage), some shipboard ephemera (menus), and brochures, plus material issued by the U. S. Government relative to the ship's service as a commissioned naval vessel. Principally 1920s

Additional Details

The twin-screw vessel began her life as part of the North German Lloyd fleet but was seized by the United States in 1917. She worked as a troopship and then briefly for the United States Mail Co. In 1921 she was acquired by the United States Lines and refitted for trans-Atlantic service. She was laid up in 1931, but was converted in 1940 to a troopship and renamed "Catlin." Her name was soon changed back to "George Washington." In 1951 she was destroyed by fire and was broken up soon after.