United States Lines
The company came into existence in 1921 owing to the inability of the United States
Mail Steamship Co to fulfill it's obligations to the United States Shipping Board. Originally under the joint management of
Moore & McCormack, Roosevelt SS Co and United American Lines, from 1922 to 1929 the company was operated by
the U.S. Shipping Board. However, the fleet was sold to P. W. Chapman & Co. Chapman failed to meet payments and in
1931 the company was taken over by a combination of the Roosevelt Steamship Co, R. Stanley Dollar and Kenneth D. Dawson. International
Mercantile Marine Co gained control of the company in 1934 and had some years of success before in the passenger trade until
air transportaion brought a major decline in that business. The rise in popularity in passenger air travel in the 1960's
caused passenger operations to be discontinued in 1969. Cargo operations were discontinued some years later.
American Apollo was one of a number of container ships that the United States Lines
had Sun Shipbuilding construct. She was launched in 1970, and served for 32 years, under a number of owners before she was
scrapped in 2002.
For those with an interest in seafaring, the collection of shipbuilder's plates is
a consuming passion. It takes a lot of time to do the research, but the rewards of owning a builder's plate for a vessel whose
history has been documented by you is a very satisfying experience in deed.
Some say, collecting plates is a
pretty esoteric hobby, with maybe just 15-20 real serious collectors in the world, but new enthusiasts are join this exclusive
club every day. Most have interest in naval or maritime history and enjoy learning about a vessel's career. Consequently prices
are forecasted to increase as supply of these unique works of maritime art diminish.
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