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Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 2

Front Cover,  Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 2

United States Lines: "LEVIATHAN: The World's Greatest Ship, Volume 2", by Frank Braynard, published in 1974, hardbound with original dust jacket, 380 pages. Braynard has created what is probably the most extensive history ever written about a single ship.

His ground-breaking series covers 6 volumes. This book is volume 2 and picks up the LEVIATHAN saga during her monumental conversion from a troop ship to a luxury liner.

There were no plans of the huge ship, so designer William Francis Gibbs hired draftsmen to spend thousands of hours measuring and drawing every inch. The ship was a wreck after her heavy trooping duties during WW1 so every corner needed restoration.

The book finishes with the LEVI's triumphant return to the Atlantic. There are hundreds of great photos which makes for wonderful browsing and reading.

Detailed information on Volume 2 of the Leviathan .

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • Personal name: Braynard, Frank O. (Frank Osborn), 1916-2007.
  • Main title: "World's greatest ship"; the story of the Leviathan, by Frank O. Braynard.
  • Published/Created: [New York, South Street Seaport Museum, 1972-1983]
  • Description: 6 v. illus. (some col.) 29 cm.
  • LC classification: VM383.L3 B7
  • Related titles: Leviathan.
  • LC Subjects: Leviathan (Steamship)
  • Browse by shelf order: VM383.L3


  • On cover: Leviathan.
  • Vol. 4 has imprint: Newport News, Va. : Mariners Museum, [1978]
  • Vol. 5 has imprint: [Sea Cliff, N.Y.] : F.O. Braynard, [1981]
  • Vol. 6 has imprint: [Kings Point, N.Y. : American Merchant Marine Museum, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1983]
  • Some ill. on lining papers.
  • Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
  • LCCN: 72085207
  • Dewey class no.: 387.2/43
  • Type of material: Book
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