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Curator Confidential: Fatal Voyage─The 1918 Flu Pandemic and the SS Leviathan

42 minutes 9 seconds

Program date: June 23, 2020
A centerpiece of New-York Historical’s Jerni Collection, Gebrüder Bing's Leviathan is a model of one of the most storied ocean liners to ever sail the Atlantic. Built to compete with the Titanic, the real Leviathan later served as a U.S. troopship during World War I, where it played a role in carrying the deadly flu to France in 1918. Mike Thornton, associate curator of material culture, explores the salty backstory of the super liner.


Creative: Tronvig Group