Beautifully engraved certificate from the United States Lines, Inc. issued no later than 1947. This historic document was printed by the Hamilton Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a ship. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Vice-President and Secretary and is over 58 years old.
United States Lines was a result of the United States Mail Steamship Company failure after World War I. The U.S. Shipping Board took over U. S. Mail Steamship Co operations due to its heavy looses. The ships were run under United States Lines which was formed in August 1921. The United States Lines 1922-1969 owned the following ships: AMERICA (1921), GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT ARTHUR, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT, PRESIDENT HARDING, LEVIATHAN, REPUBLIC, MANHATTAN, WASHINGTON, AMERICA (1940), UNITED STATES