Auction Date: 17/10/2017 at 10:30 am
Maritime – Scarce “Vaterland” Publication Hamburg America Line 1914 a most impressive publication printed at the time of her maiden voyage in May 1914. Featuring 26 full page photographs of the ship’s State Rooms, palatial passenger accommodation including the Imperial Suite, Pompian swimming bath, giant paintings in Grand Saloon and Halls etc. Plus descriptive text in English. Printed on finest semi-gloss paper in illustration of the ship on front card cover, size 10½” x 8”. At 58,000 tons and 950 feet in length this was the largest ship at that time and many years afterwards. With a Ritz Carlton Restaurant and chef’s the food was the finest afloat, but the vessel made only a few voyages because war came in early August 1914 and she was stuck in New York Harbour until seized by the Americans when entering the War in 1917. Renamed Leviathan they used it as a troop ship and it carried the largest number of soldiers back to the United States after the armistice being 14,500. With peace the vessel under the American Flag plied the Trans Atlantic ocean until 1934.