I had never heard about the ship and history of this. I only wish at the time that maybe I should have. Book a cabin, navigate Seven Seas Navigator, or locate amenities on each deck. Nice side note about Humphrey Bogart. Good to hear from you. Renamed Leviathan on the suggestion of President Woodrow Wilson and operated by the navy, she carried 94,000 troops to France, one-sixth the total American deployment in Europe. Maybe Wilson should have selected a different name, not the Leviathan, thinking about it now, perhaps it was a bad omen. 2. This vivid story found in Vermont newspapers is a well-documented first-hand account of how quickly and ruthlessly the “Spanish flu” took the lives of previously healthy soldiers during WWI. After the war the Leviathan returned to passenger service as the flagship of the newly-formed United States Lines, serving on the North Atlantic run from 1923 to 1934. He was “called into service on August 8, 1918, and went to Waco, Texas, for his basic training. His service record indicates he was on this voyage but he didn’t speak about it to me when I came along in the 60’s. [7] But Leviathan was an American symbol of power and prestige, which despite her economic failings, made her a popular ship with loyal travelers. If they had had an efficacious vaccine much of that tragedy would have been avoided. The column was halted, the camp surgeon was summoned, the medical examination showed that the dreaded influenza had hit us. My grandfather was also on the Leviathan. “As noted above, the sickbay was filled a few hours after leaving Hoboken. “October 3d, 3 deaths Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The flu was hitting all the soldier camps hard just there are very few diaries that talk about it with specifics. The other commissioned officers of the regiment as finally completed came from the National Guard regiments of many states. Troops and Sailors relaxing on the ship’s foredeck, while she was en route from the United States to France in 1918. This changed after I did my own research many years later for my own education. ❤. In December she took troops to Liverpool, England, but repairs delayed her return to the U.S. until mid-February 1918. The balance of the enlisted personnel came from Philadelphia, Chicago, and from Tennessee. One of my last acts before leaving France was to visit this cemetery, pick out the graves of our Vermonters, pay honor to their sacrifice, and say a word of farewell to these men who sleep there in the soil of our Sister Republic.”. R.D. paid the U.S. government $500,000 for permission to retire her while keeping her in running order until 1936. Now, a portion of our vaccine supply is made using cell culture. It was not until 1933, however, that Wilson Smith and his colleagues showed that influenza was a virus, by isolating it and showing it infected ferrets. I LOVE the back stories of history so very much. He was in line and the man in front of him changed his mind and told Ramah to go ahead. Doctors and nurses were stricken. ©2014-2019 https://megsorick.com All rights reserved. Wow, Barb! Segling Hav … Thank you, have a lovely evening too! All rights reserved © 2006-2020 By the time she arrived at Brest on 8 October, 2,000 were sick, and 80 had died.[5]. The liner would measured 19,000 tons, 632-ft long and a capacity for 400 passengers. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Upon the arrival at Brest, the organizations were lightened ashore and were marched about five miles to the mudflats beyond the city of Brest. SS Leviathan - cross-section and plan of boat deck. It’s a point of pride in my family that he was on this ship and, later, on the SS United States. One of the challenges is that it requires fertile eggs, not the eggs from your local supermarket that are laid without the benefit of a rooster being present. The conditions during the night cannot be visualized by anyone who has not actually seem them. You have to wonder—why didn’t they turn back? Arthur J. Deslisets, Montpelier; Priv. The sickbay was cleared first, and we at once thereafter began to clean up in preparation for the wounded to be carried westbound. The problem started even before the ship departed, the passengers became victims of the dreaded influenza. “October 6th, 24 deaths This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the greatest pandemic in modern history. [by whom?] Debbie, Hi Janice – stumbled across this article – great read. SS Leviathan Master-at-Arms Badge Description In 1924 the Deck Department on the SS Leviathan included six masters-at-arms, who looked after the vessel’s security and assisted with passenger safety. The only serious incident occurred one day out of Cherbourg on a winter crossing in 1924 where she met a fierce storm with 90 ft waves and winds up to 100 mph, at times forcing her into 20 degree rolls. Between 12th and 14th Streets Photograph from U.S. Army Medical Department, Office of Medical History. At that time she was repainted with the British-type "dazzle" camouflage scheme that she carried for the rest of the war. The second and third battalions marched out from their barracks about 1 a.m. on the morning of the 29th of September. I just learned that my Grandfather, Griggs Armstrong, was on this ship. The training and embarkment camps at this time were no better for flu deaths, so actually keeping them in the port might have caused more deaths, we just will never know because there is nothing to compare it to. Copyright 2015-2018 by Ralph Currell, Photo credit: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress), The Reconditioning of the Steamship Leviathan. An extensive article on the refurbishing of the Leviathan was published in the November 1922 issue of Marine Engineering and Shipping Age and can be viewed online at the HathiTrust Digital Library. It was known as the Spanish Flu pandemic, although it most likely originated in the United States, probably Kansas. Segling. On Edvard Munch. I just found out that my uncle, Ramah Carl Castile, went on this ship in June 1918. These were famous liners like White Star Lines’ Titanic and her sister ships Olympic and Britannic, Cunard’s Lusitania and Mauritania, and even larger –Hamburg-America’s Imperator, Vaterland and Bismarck. They had a vaccine for small pox, and were developing more. and K.C. Seven Seas Navigator Cruise Ship Deck Plans: Find cruise deck plans and diagrams for Seven Seas Navigator. Thomas A. Lafond, Rutland; Sup. [9] Her passenger average reached a strong 1,300 by 1926, making her the #1 traveled ship on the Atlantic, but given her capacity of 3,000 it was too little to be profitable. Thank you. Learn how your comment data is processed. We were assigned to sail on the giant Leviathan, then moored at her pier in Hoboken [New Jersey]. We were discussing the current crisis in the world and he reminded me that my Grandfather served on the Leviathan and was onboard during this trip. He was one of the plumbers and rose to the rank of chief sanitation engineer over his career on the Leviathan. Leviathan’s crew was organized into three departments. Walter E. Webb, Priv. And they were headed to the front lines of the First World War…. Thanks for sharing! i’m truly honored, Rita. Some of the older material I’m reposting in order to better organize it. In the 13 years that she served U.S. Lines she carried more than a quarter-million passengers, never earning a cent. Just found a old photo of this ship in my barn. No one thought of bed for himself, and all hands worked day and night. In our Civil War more soldiers died of typhoid and dysentery than on the battle field. Shipping Board was by the end of the war encumbered with surplus tonnage and government sponsored shipping companies. On Sunday afternoon, the 29th, tugs pulled the great ship into mid-stream, turned her prow in the direction of open ocean, the great propellers began to turn and we were off to the Great Adventure. Wow – what a sad story. They were equipped, inoculated, vaccinated and on the 23rd day of September, 11 days after coming to the regiment, started on the long trip to France. My grandfather was crew on the Leviathan when it sailed during the war and for the years after until she was retired in the 30’s. Take care, Mia. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The U.S. “October 4, 7 deaths. On the sixth day of September 1918, about 3,000 men from Tennessee were called into service. Starting in 1920 some of these were “sent home” if the family requested same]. RSSC.COM Seven Seas Explorer ® DECK PLANS DECK 4 DECK 5 DECK 6 DECK 7 DECK 8 800 801 803 805 807 809 811 815 817 819 821 823 825 827 829 831 833 835 837 839 841 843 845 847 849 851 853 855 857 859 861 863 865 867 869 (https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiy103).] It is estimated that up to 5 percent of the world’s population died from it. ( Log Out /  Thank you so much for this information. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Unfortunately, making an influenza vaccine is a logistical nightmare. I found this after a recent talk with my Uncle regarding my Grandfather’s service aboard the Leviathan. To write the period accurately, I’ve been reading and studying the war and the surrounding events. Thank you for sharing that with me. This account is truly shocking, to the point of being painful to read. The names of some of the Vermonters follow:–Lieut. The Leviathan, of course, made several trips across the Atlantic. My elder cousins may know more about it than I do. Which is why I can get so distracted when I’m researching something! The Deck Department was the smallest division with 100 to 120 members. [7], Having languished in political limbo at her Hoboken pier until April 1922, a decision was finally made and the $8,000,000 in funds allocated to sail Leviathan to Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, for her 14-month reconditioning and refurbishment.