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The Fleets

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. The company 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 the 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)

Funnel:
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 stripes.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
America 1905 ex- Amerika of Hamburg America Line, made 2 voyages, 1921 to United States Lines. 22,621
Antigone 1900 ex- Neckar of North German Lloyd, made 1 voyage as Antigone, renamed Potomac and made 2.5 voyages, 1921 to United States Lines. 9,835
Centennial State 1920 made two voyages, 1921 to United States Lines, 1922 renamed President Adams. 10,533
George Washington 1908 ex- North German Lloyd, one voyage, 1921 to United States Lines. 23,788
Hudson   see New Rochelle. 9,699
New Rochelle 1899 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 President Fillmore. 9,699
Old North State 1920 made 9 voyages, 1921 to United States Lines, 1922 renamed President Van Buren. 10,533
Panhandle State 1920 made 8 voyages, 1921 to United States Lines, 1922 renamed President Monroe. 10,533
Pocahontas 1900 1900, ex- Prinzess Irene of North German Lloyd, renamed Pocahontas, made 2.5 voyages, 1922 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Bremen. 10,881
Potomac   see Antigone.  
Princess Matoika 1900 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. 10,421
Susquehanna 1899 ex- Rhein, North German Lloyd Line, renamed Susquehanna, made 6 voyages, 1922 to United States Lines. 9,959

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