A Classification of American Wealth
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   James Brown and the failure of Edward Knight Collins' line  

The four ocean liners, Collins had built at a cost of $2.8 million were the largest and most luxurious steamships in their days. They were the first to have steam-heated cabins, a barber shop and bell cords allowing passengers to summon the stewards to their cabin. Everything was laid out in luxury and fashion, a strategy which had paid off at Collins' Diamond Line before. Powered by the heaviest engines, the Collins liners also set one speed record after the other, gaining its operators the notoriety they used to gain congressional support.


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