United States Lines

transport company

United States Lines was the trading name of the United States Shipping Board (USSB) and the Emergency Fleet Corporation (EFC), which operated from 1921 to 1991.

United States Lines
Government, later Private
IndustryShipping, transportation
PredecessorUnited States Mail Steamship Company
FoundedAugust 27, 1921
Headquarters1 Broadway, New York City, United States (1943–1978)
45 Broadway, New York City (1921–1943)
27 Commerce Drive, Cranford, NJ
Area served
New York, Cobh (Queenstown), Plymouth, Cherbourg, London, Bremen (1929 Hamburg), Southampton, Danzig, Liverpool, Manchester, Pauillac (Bordeaux), Le Verdon, Naples, Genoa
Key people
Kermit Roosevelt(Co-Founder)
Paul Wadsworth Chapman (1929–1931)
Albert Lasker (1921–1923) (Co-Founder)
A.V. Moore (Moore-McCormack)(Co-Founder)
W. Averell Harriman (United American Lines)(Co-Founder)
Walter Kidde (Company) (1968–1978)
Malcolm McLean (1978–1986)

She was known for having among her fleet, the SS Leviathan,[1] which for a time held the title of the World Largest Passenger Ship until the launch of the Queen Mary in 1934, the SS America[2] (which ran aground and sank off Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands) and the SS United States,[3] which currently holds the title of the Fastest Passenger Ship in history on the Transatlantic Route, with a speed of 38.32 Knots, the United States is currently anchored on the Delaware River at Pier 82 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


  1. "The New Hamburg-American Liner Vaterland". International Marine Engineering. New York/London: Aldrich Publishing Company. 19 (6): 262–264. June 1914. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  2. Ghareeb, Gordon R. "A WOMAN'S TOUCH: The Seagoing Interiors of Dorothy Marckwald". Steamship Historical Society of America; Southern California Chapter. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  3. Hornethe, George (29 September 1963). "Liner America is Towed Across the Hudson and Laid Up". The New York Times.

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