Old Photograph Leviathan Forth Railway Bridge Scotland

Old photograph of the SS Leviathan under the Forth Railway Bridge which spans the Firth of Forth from North Queensferry in the Kingdom of Fife to South Queensferry near Edinburgh, Scotland. The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, nine miles West of Edinburgh City Centre. Steam Ship Leviathan, originally built as the Vaterland, was an ocean liner which regularly crossed the North Atlantic from 1914 to 1934. The second of three sister ships built for Germany's Hamburg America Line for their transatlantic passenger service, she sailed as the Vaterland for less than a year before her early career was halted by the start of World War I. In 1917, she was seized by the U.S. government and renamed Leviathan. She would become known by this name for the majority of her career, both as a troopship during World War I and later as the flagship of the United States Lines. In 1937 she was sold to the British Metal Industries Ltd. On 26 January 1938 Leviathan set out on her 301st and last voyage under the command of Captain John Binks, retired master of the RMS Olympic, and a crew of 125 officers and men who had been hired to deliver her to the breakers. She arrived at Rosyth, Scotland, on 14 February.

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