Cover of a small souvenir booklet describing the German luxury liner, the S.S. Imperator, which was commandeered after World War One by the United States to carry our soldiers back to the States. It was renamed the U.S.S. Imperator for a short period of time-the spoils of war. My grandfather was one of the lucky young soldiers to be transported home in luxury. Interestingly the Captain's first name was Casey, not a common name then at all—not that it's all that common now. All photos are clickable to enlarge. The luxurious details are not to be missed, lol!
The Drawing Room of the first-class cabin. I really can't imagine traveling like this aboard ship.
The Winter Garden and Ritz-Carlton restaurant, a far cry from Army rations and Salvation Army Doughnuts!
M Y C O L L E C T I O N — Among the thousands of historical items I have, and I mean that literally not figuratively, is this small softcover booklet for the U.S.S Imperator. This was a German luxury liner, first launched in May 1912 as the S.S Imperator, a contemporary of the Titanic which of course had sunk the month before. Apparently the United States government was granted permission to use this ship at the end of the Great War in 1919 to return troops, nurses and civilians back home. My grandfather was one of the lucky soldiers to have been transported in the lap of luxury for his return home. This ship brought back more than 25,000 people to the States in three cross-Atlantic cruises.
For much more information about the S.S Imperator's history, click over to Wiki, but don't expect any additional interior shots. They don't have any. I should post mine at Wiki, but I'd like the exclusive on them for a while, lol. They also have a bit of misinformation, mentioning Captain Casey as if it was his last name, but as you can see on my scan of the cover, his name was Captain Casey B. Morgan.
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The Ladies Parlor in First-Class. I wonder if the rules were relaxed during the soldier's cruise home?
The Imperator Lounge looks like a set for a Rudolph Valentino movie. Was the Titanic any more luxurious?
The indoor swimming pool. This had to be the height of luxury in 1912 when this ship first set sail. Did the soldiers get to partake of its glistening waters?