Early 20th Century Cruise Ship Deck Chair

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Seller: krilid_41 (0) 0%, Location: Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York, Ships to: US, Item: 401830346594 Normal.dotm 0 0 1 362 2068 retired 17 4 2539 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false This deck chair, of the early twentieth century, was taken from a German ship impounded in Boston Harbor 3 February 1917. Two passenger ships were impounded: The Kronprinzessen Cecilie, North German Lloyd company, and the Amerika of the Hamburg Line. Two other ships were impounded at the same time: The Koln, and the Ockenfels, but both of these were sailing ships and were probably not carrying passengers. The Kronprinzessen Cecilie in the summer of 1914 was headed to Europe from New York, when word was received that the British had declared war on Germany. Captain Polack, following orders, turned the ship around and headed back to the United States. Several of the First Class passengers, anxious to complete the trip to Europe, offered to purchase the ship for five million dollars and declare the ship as American by flying an American flag. The captain refused the offer. He ordered the funnels painted black to mimic a British ship The Olympic, covered the windows with canvas, and with the aid of a yachtsman passenger, steamed into Frenchman’s Bay, Bar Harbor, Maine. There the captain and crew enjoyed the season, as many residents of Bar Harbor had traveled to Europe with them and were known to them. Facing a winter, and with the memory of the fate of the Titanic, the Captain wished to go to safer harbor, and began preparations to move to Boston. There the Kronprinzessen waited out the War, along with the Amerika already there, until 3 February 1917 when the United States commandeered both ships. Many of their movable objects were sold to the public in Boston, before they were sent to the Chesapeake Bay for refitting. Both became American troop ships for carrying soldiers to Europe to relieve Britain in the First World War. The Kronprinzessen Cecilie was rechristened the Mount Vernon, and the Amerika, America. The Amerika was primarily known as an immigrant ship, while the Kronprinzessen had a luxurious first class section and carried a large treasure of gold bullion in the hold. The bullion was removed by the United States Coast Guard shortly after the ship’s arrival in Frenchman’s Bay and returned to the banks from which it came. The chair is made of teak, has a cane seat, and is labeled across the top bar in German, “Seagoing comfort company.” It spent many years as a porch chair used during the summer. The Mount Vernon was scrapped in September 1940, and the America carried troops to Europe in the Second World War, and was finally broken up in 1957. Condition: This deck teak early 20th century cruise ship deck chair is in very good condition, with no clear nicks, or missing pieces, etc., Region of Origin: Germany, Style: deck chair from a ship, Sub-Style: German & Austrian, Maker: Seagoing Comfort Company, Material: Teak and Cane, Width: I never measured the chair, Original/Reproduction: Original, Type: Chairs, Color: Brown, Height: 3 feet

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