United States Mail Steamship Company
(not to be confused with United States Line)
The United States Mail Steamship Company was formed in 1920 by the US
Shipping Board with mostly a fleet of seized ex-German passenger liners.
made colossal operational losses and receivers were appointed to examine
their accounts. As a result of their findings, the District Court ordered
on 27th Aug.1921 that all United States Mail ships be returned to the
US Shipping Board. Outsiders were appointed to manage the line under
title of United States Lines.
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 (on-site) ot the Immigrant
Ship web site.
(All ships were chartered from the US Government)
Red with white band below blue top. On the red, a shield -
upper part three white stars on blue, lower part red and white vertical
||Years in Service
||ex- Amerika of Hamburg
America Line, made 2 voyages, 1921 to United States Lines.
|| ex- Neckar of North
German Lloyd, made 1 voyage as Antigone, renamed Potomac
and made 2.5 voyages, 1921 to United States Lines.
||made two voyages, 1921 to United
States Lines, 1922 renamed President Adams.
|| ex- North German
Lloyd, one voyage, 1921 to United States Lines.
||see New Rochelle.
|| ex- Hamburg of Hamburg
America Line, ex-Powhatan (US Gov't), ex- New Rochelle (Baltic
SS Corp.), made 1.5 voyages as New Rochelle, renamed Hudson
and made 2.5 voyages, 1921 to United States Lines, 1922 renamed
|Old North State
|| made 9 voyages, 1921 to United
States Lines, 1922 renamed President Van Buren.
||made 8 voyages, 1921 to United
States Lines, 1922 renamed President Monroe.
||1900, ex- Prinzess Irene of North
German Lloyd, renamed Pocahontas, made 2.5 voyages, 1922
sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Bremen.
||ex- Kiautschou of Hamburg
America, ex- Princess Alice of North
German Lloyd, renamed Princess Matoika, made 5 voyages,
1921 to United States Lines, 1922 renamed President Arthur.
||ex- Rhein, North
German Lloyd Line, renamed Susquehanna, made 6 voyages,
1922 to United States Lines.
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