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Bing "USS Leviathan" Clockwork Ocean Liner Germany, circa 1925
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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Bing "USS Leviathan" Clockwork Ocean Liner Germany, circa 1925
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Bing "USS Leviathan" Clockwork Ocean Liner Germany, circa 1925

This  luxury liner reflects the evolution of German toy boat production.  Time consuming hand soldering and painting were replaced by innovations in production. In many cases, this meant more boat for the money. This boat features a two-deck superstructure incorporated in the delicate thin railing. It is a far more accurate depiction of ocean liners of its period than earlier, more toy-like examples. Deck details include three masts, six lifeboats on davits, bridge at bow, second control room, observation walk at stern, and captain's wheel that controls the rudder, fitted with twin screws. Superstructure finished in white with tan decking over dark blue hull, white piping, and red below the waterline. "Leviathan" is marked on either side of the bow. Clockwork mechanism concealed within is wound behind second funnel.

 

Length: 33 inches


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Catalogue Note

Originally named the SS Vaterland, the ship was seized by the United States Navy in April 1917 and used under the name USS Vaterland in the Cruiser and Transport Force. She was renamed USS Leviathan on 6 September 1917 by  President Woodrow Wilson and was used until the 29 October 1919 when she was decommissioned and returned to the fleet of the United States Shipping Board. In April 1922, the Shipping Board turned the boat over to the United States Lines to use as an ocean liner until 1934. The USS Leviathan was sold for scrap and broken down 6 June 1938 after a long and varied career.

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