1919 Sterling Silver S.S. EPITACIO PESSOA Launch Box - U.S.S.B. Freighter-Unique For Sale


1919 Sterling Silver S.S. EPITACIO PESSOA Launch Box - U.S.S.B. Freighter-Unique

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1919 Sterling Silver S.S. EPITACIO PESSOA Launch Box - U.S.S.B. Freighter-Unique:
$350.00

United States Shipping Board - From back in the dusty days following the end of World War I, a sterling silver presentation box created for the launch of the long-forgotten EPITACIO PESSOA.

This one-of-a-kind box measures 3.5" wide by 5" long by 2" high. It opens to reveal a cedar-lined interior. Engraved on back is "sterling".

The EPITACIO PESSOA was launched on September 5, 1919, at the Merchant Shipbuilding Corporation in Harriman, Pennsylvania, under contract to the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation. The sponsor was Mrs. Julia Lay whose significance is unknown.

The ship was named for Brazil's president at the time, Epitacio Pessoa (1865-1942). Unlike other shipyards building vessels for the United States Shipping Board, Merchant's used their own in-house design known as USSB #25, a workhorse freighter.

I've only found two references to the EPITACIO PESSOA. The first is an ad for "Foster Superheaters" in the June 1920 issue of Pacific Marine Review that features a photograph of the ship. The second is in the June 1920 issue of The Nautical Gazette where the ship is listed in a Moore McCormack ad as accepting cargo for Brazilian ports.

What became of the EPITACIO PESSOA? I don't know. She probably ended her days rusting away in a backwater port, a forgotten victim of a world-wide glut of ships in the 1930s.

Very good condition.

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