A Rare Early 20th Century Ocean Liner Adverting Barometer.
A rare French travel agents adverting barometer promoting the Ocean liner “Imperator” A wonderful image of the ship which has been reverse transferred onto black glass with gilded writing, a barometer below and a thermometer to the left and hygrometer all in good working order.
Imperator was an ocean linerbuilt for the Hamburg America Line (Hamburg Amerikanische Paketfahrt Aktien Gesellschaft, or HAPAG), launched in 1912. Although in German and English all ships are usually referred to as feminine, during his Hamburg American Line career, the ship was referred to as masculine at the special request of Kaiser Wilhelm II. At the time of his completion in June 1913, he was the largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage, surpassing Titanic‘s sister ship, RMS Olympic. Upon launch, he also surpassed the recently-sunk RMS Titanic and the Olympic by 24 ft (7.3 m) in length.
During World War I, the ship remained in port in Hamburg. After the war, he was briefly commissioned into the United States Navy as USS Imperator (ID-4080) and employed as a transport, returning American troops from Europe. Following his service with the U.S. Navy, Imperator was handed over to Britain’s Cunard Line as part of war reparations where he sailed as the flagship RMS Berengaria for the final decade of his career.61