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United States Lines

PosterThe company came into existence in 1921 owing to the inability of the United States Mail SS Co. to fulfill it's obligations to the United States Shipping Board. Originally under the joint management of Moore & McCormack, Roosevelt SS Co. and United American Lines. In 1922 / 3 the managing partners resigned and the company was operated by the U.S. Shipping Board. However, the company continued to run at a financial loss and in 1929 the fleet was sold to P. W. Chapman & Co. Chapman failed to meet payments and in 1931 the company was taken over by a combination of the Roosevelt SS Co., R. Stanley Dollar and Kenneth D. Dawson. International Mercantile Marine Co. gained control of the company in 1934. The rise in popularity in passenger air travel in the 1960's caused a decline in trade and passenger operations were discontinued in 1969.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes:

  • New York - Cobh - Plymouth - Cherbourg - London
  • New York - Plymouth - Cherbourg - Bremen (1929 Hamburg)- Southampton - Cherbourg - Queenstown - New York.
  • New York - Bremen - Danzig
  • New York - Cherbourg - Southampton
  • New York - Cobh - Liverpool - Manchester.
  • New York - Pauillac (Bordeaux) - Le Verdon.
  • New York - Naples - Genoa

Abbreviations: USL - United States Lines.

Funnel:
Red with white band below blue top.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Acadia 1932 1939 chartered from Eastern SS Co for one voyage. 6,185
America (1) 1905 ex- Amerika (Hamburg America Line), 1917 US Army transport renamed America, 1921 to USL, 1931 laid up, 1940 converted to troopship Edmund B. Alexander, 1958 scrapped. 22,261
America (2) 1940 1941 became US troopship West Point, 1946 reverted to America, 1964 sold to Chandris Line renamed Australis. 26,454
American Attorney 1945 ex- Attleboro Victory, 1948 transferred from U.S. War Shipping Administration renamed American Attorney, 1956 Transyork Shipping Co., NY renamed Transyork. 7,607
American Banker (1) 1920

ex- Cantigny, 1924 renamed American Banker by U.S. Shipping Board, 1929 United States Lines, NY, 1940 sold to Société Maritime Anversois, Antwerp renamed Ville d'Anvers.

7,556
American Banker (2) 1945 1963 sold to M. J. Ossorio renamed Santa Emilia, 1968 Fairview, 1968 Galicia Defender, 1970 Eugenia, 1971 scrapped. 8,211
American Builder 1941 1945 transferred to U.S. Maritime Commission, 1952 renamed Cape Decision. 6,778
American Clipper 1946 1969 Amercargo Shipping Corp, NY renamed Amerwave, 1971 Interwave, same owner, 1972 scrapped. 8,228
American Counselor 1945 ex- Biddeford Victory, 1948 transferred from U.S. War Shipping Administration renamed American Counselor, 1956 Transglobe Shipping Co., NY renamed Transglobe. 7,601
American Defender 1945 ex- Fordham Victory, 1948 transferred from U.S. War Shipping Administration renamed American Defender, 1956 Olympia SS Corp., NY renamed Fordham Victory. 7,607
American Farmer (1) 1920

ex- Ourco, 1924 renamed American Farmer by U.S. Shipping Board, 1929 United States Lines, NY, 1940 sold to Société Maritime Anversois, Antwerp renamed Ville de Liege.

7,556
American Farmer (2) 1945 1946 in collision and abandoned in Atlantic, towed to port and repaired, 1964 sold to M. J. Ossorio renamed Our Lady of Peace, 1968 sold to A. Weinraub renamed Galicia Navigator, 1969 scrapped. 8,211
American Forwarder 1946 1970 Amercargo Shipping Corp, NY renamed Interward, .1972 scrapped. 8,228
American Importer (1) 1920

ex- Somme, 1931 transferred from U.S.Army renamed American Importer, 1940 sold to Société Maritime Anversois, Antwerp renamed Ville de Gand.

7,556
American Importer (2) 1946 1969 Amercargo Shipping Corp, NY renamed Interport, 1972 scrapped. 8,228
American Judge 1945 ex- Koloa Victory, 1948 transferred from U.S. War Shipping Administration renamed American Judge, 1956 Transcape Shipping Co., NY renamed Transcape. 7,607
American Jurist 1945 ex- Parkersburg Victory, 1948 transferred from U.S. War Shipping Administration renamed American Jurist, 1956 Federal Bulk Carriers Inc., NY renamed Federal Jurist. 7,602
American Lawyer 1945 ex- Augustana Victory, 1948 transferred from U.S. War Shipping Administration renamed American Lawyer, 1956 American Union Transport Inc., NY renamed Transcaribbean. 7,607
American Leader (1) 1941 10th Sep.1942 sunk by German cruiser MICHEL, west of Cape of Good Hope. 6,778
American Leader (2) 1946 ex- Twilight, 1946 transferred from U.S. Maritime Commission renamed American Leader, 1970 Amercargo Shipping Corp., NY renamed Amerstar. 8,277
American Manufacturer 1941 1945 transferred to U.S. Maritime Commission, 1948 sold to Leif Hoegh, Oslo renamed Hoegh Merchant. 6,678
American Marketer   see Southland.  
American Merchant (1) 1920

ex- Aisne, 1924 renamed American Merchant by U.S. Shipping Board, 1929 United States Lines, NY, 1940 sold to Société Maritime Anversois, Antwerp renamed Ville de Namur.

7,556
American Merchant (2) 1945 1968 sold to Transoceanic Transport renamed Transoceanic Mariner, 1969 scrapped. 8,228
American Packer 1941 1945 transferred to U.S. Maritime Commission, 1971 scrapped. 6,750
American Press 1941 1945 transferred to U.S. Maritime Commission, 1952 renamed Cape Lookout. 6,778
American Ranger 1946 1963 sold to Alcoa SS Co. renamed Alcoa Mariner, 1969 Columbia SS Co. renamed Columbia Mariner, 1971 scrapped. 8,211
American Retailer   see Southport.  
American Scout 1946 1969 Amercargo Shipping Corp, NY renamed Interscout, 9th Oct.1971 cargo shifted while loading grain at Chittagong, beached, rolled over and abandoned. 8,228
American Shipper (1) 1921

ex- Tours, 1924 renamed American Shipper by U.S. Shipping Board, 1929 United States Lines, NY, 1940 sold to Société Maritime Anversois, Antwerp renamed Ville de Mons.

7,556
American Shipper (2) 1945 1968 sold to Transoceanic Transport renamed Transoceanic Freedom, 1970 Teh Hu SS Co. renamed Benefina, 1974 sank in heavy seas in Balintang Channel. 8,228
American Supplier   see Southstar.  
American Surveyor   see Southwind.  
American Trader 1920

ex- Marne, 1924 renamed American Trader by U.S. Shipping Board, 1929 United States Lines, NY, 1940 sold to Société Maritime Anversois, Antwerp renamed Ville de Hasselt.

7,556
American Traveler (1) 1920

ex- Cambrai, 1931 transferred from U.S. Army to United States Lines, NY, 1932 renamed American Traveler, 1940 sold to Société Maritime Anversois, Antwerp renamed Ville d'Arlon.

7,556
American Traveler (2) 1946 1969 Amercargo Shipping Corp, NY renamed Amercrest, 1972 scrapped. 8,228
Argentina 1929 1946 chartered from American Republics for 6 voyages, 1964 scrapped. 20,614
Brazil 1928 1946 chartered from American Republics for 5 voyages, 1964 scrapped. 20,614
California 1927 1936 chartered from Panama Pacific for one voyage. 17,833
Centennial State 1921 1921 transferred from US Mail SS Co, 1922 renamed President Adams, 1924 transferred to Dollar Line. 10,533
Ernie Pyle 1945 1946-1949 chartered to USL. 12,420
George Washington 1908 1917 taken over from North German Lloyd by US Army. 1921 to USL, 1932 laid up. 1941 troopship, 1947 burned out at New York, laid up at Baltimore, 1951 again burned and scrapped. 23,788
Granite State 1922 1922 renamed President Polk, 1924 transferred to Dollar Line. 10,533
Hudson 1899 ex- New Rochelle, 1921 purchased from Baltic SS Corp, renamed Hudson, 1922 renamed President Fillmore, 1928 scrapped. 9,699
Iroquois 1926 1939 chartered from Clyde Line for one voyage. 6,209
John Ericsson 1928 ex- Kungsholm, 1942 US Gov't troopship renamed John Ericsson, 1946 chartered from US Gov't for 9 voyages. 1948 sold to Home Lines, Panama renamed Italia. 21,532
Leviathan 1913 ex- Vaterland, 1917 seized by US Gov't from Hamburg America Line renamed Leviathan, 1923 to USL, 1938 scrapped. 59,956
Lone Star State 1922 1922 renamed President Taft, 1922 renamed President Harding, 1940 sold to Belgium renamed Ville de Bruges. 13,869
Manhattan 1932 1941 became US troopship Wakefield, 1965 scrapped. 24,289
Marine Falcon 1945 1947-1949 chartered to USL. 12,420
Marine Flasher 1945 1946-1949 chartered to USL. 12,420
Marine Jumper 1945 1947-1949 chartered to USL. 12,420
Marine Marlin 1945 1946-1949 chartered to USL. 12,420
Marine Perch 1945 1946-1949 chartered to USL. 12,410
Marine Shark 1945 1948-1949 chartered to USL. 12,558
Marine Swallow 1945 1948 chartered to USL. 12,410
Marine Tiger 1945 1947-1949 chartered to USL. 12,420
Old North State 1920 1921 transferred from US Mail SS Co, 1922 renamed President van Buren, 1924 transferred to Dollar Line. 10,533
Orizaba 1918 1939 chartered for one voyage. (from Ward Line) 7,582
Panhandle State 1920 1921 transferred from US Mail SS Co, 1922 renamed President Monroe, 1924 transferred to Dollar Line. 10,533
Peninsular State 1921 1922 renamed President Roosevelt, 1940 to US War Dep't renamed Joseph T. Dickman, 1948 scrapped. 13,869
Potomac 1900 ex- Neckar (North German Lloyd), 1917 renamed Antigone for US Gov't, 1921 to USSL renamed Potomac, 1928 scrapped. 9,835
President Adams   see Centennial State.  
President Arthur   see Princess Matoika.  
President Fillmore   see Hudson.  
President Garfield 1922 1924 transferred to Dollar Line. 10,533
President Harding   see Lone Star State.  
President Monroe   see Panhandle State.  
President Polk   see Granite State.  
President Roosevelt   see Peninsular State.  
President Taft   see Lone Star State.  
President van Buren   see Old North State.  
Princess Matoika 1900 ex- Princess Alice, taken over from North German Lloyd by US Gov't renamed Princess Matoika, 1921 to USL, 1922 renamed President Arthur, 1925 to American Palestine Line, 1925 to Los Angeles SS Co renamed City of Honolulu. 10,421
Republic 1903 ex- President Grant, 1917 seized by US Gov't from Hamburg America Line, 1921 renamed President Buchanan and laid up, 1924 to USL renamed Republic, 1940-45 transport and hospital ship, 1946 laid up, 1951 scrapped. 17,910
Shawnee 1927 1939 chartered from Clyde Line for one voyage. 6,209
Southland 1945 1958 taken over with South Atlantic SS Co., 1961 renamed American Marketer, 1963 sold Alcoa SS Co. renamed Alcoa Marketer, 1969 to Columbia SS Co. renamed Columbia Owl, 1971 scrapped. 8,186
Southport 1944 1958 taken over with South Atlantic SS Co., 1961 renamed American Retailer, 1963 sold Alcoa SS Co. renamed Alcoa Master, 1969 to Columbia SS Co. renamed Columbia Star, 1971 sold to Vinke & Co. renamed Antillian Star, 1971 scrapped. 8,133
Southstar 1944 1958 taken over with South Atlantic SS Co., 1961 renamed American Supplier, 1963 sold Alcoa SS Co. renamed Alcoa Voyager, 1969 to Columbia SS Co. renamed Columbia Fox, 1971 sold to Vinke & Co. renamed Antillian Fox, 1971 scrapped. 8,173
Southwind 1944 1958 taken over with South Atlantic SS Co., 1961 renamed American Surveyor, 1974 scrapped. 8,185
St John 1932 1939 chartered from Eastern SS Co. for one voyage. 6,185
Susquehanna 1899 ex- Rhein, 1917 seized from North German Lloyd by US Gov't renamed Susquehanna, 1920 to US Mail SS Co, 1922 to USL, 1928 scrapped. 9,959
United States 1952 1969 laid up, 1973 to United States Federal Maritime Administration. 53,329
Washington 1933 1941 became US troopship Mount Vernon, 1946 reverted to USL, 1951 laid up, 1965 scrapped. 24,289

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