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S.S. America interiors

AMERICA  The many lives of a great ship

While the United States and the America share a family resemblance, they were two different personalities. The United States could be described as a type A, hard driving, competitive, high profile, confident and in a hurry. The America was more laid back, easy going. Peter Kholer captured the spirit of the ship in the summer 1990 issue of Steamboat Bill. “The America seemed to always be a happy ship without faults or annoying quirks, the sort of unpretentious vessel that the ‘Glitter people’ may not have patronized, but regular travelers were devoted to.”
Part of her charm and warmth came from her intermediate size. Unlike the floating palaces she had no pretensions, no room for gilded baronial interiors. Well-proportioned and trim she had none of the bulk and heft of the superliners. Her clean uncluttered superstructure topped by two slightly racked smoke stacks gave her a contemporary appearance that projected confidence without pretension. Inside, the Smyth, Urquhart and Marckwald team gave the ship a modern yet smoothly home like atmosphere that would be in style well into the 1970’s.
The last element of a ship’s personality comes from the crew. Neither stuffy nor overly informal, they cared about the ship and her passengers treating them as welcome guest.
It was a winning combination that attracted a loyal following year after year.

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2 thoughts on “S.S. America interiors

  1. Larry larsen

    We sailed from New York on April 11, 1964 bound for Le Havre with stops at Cork and Southampton. Two days out the ship encountered heavy seas which strengthened until there were estimated 50′ seas. There were many young aboard and we had a great time attempting to dance around wrapped cables strung across the ball room and all other open spaces. A day out of Cork the captain attempted to alter course during lunch. The ship wallowed broadside to a wave and plates, glasses and food crashed onto the guests as the table cloths slid off the tables. Fortunately our chairs were chained to the tables so we stayed in place. We were then served sandwiches as the galley had been destroyed. A good adventure. A good storm.

  2. Ian R Lamb, Sr

    My mother and I came to the US Feb 1947. She was a war bride and I was born in England. My father was an American soldier. We came over on the S.S. America. I was just 17 months old so I don”t remember anything about her. Would like to find info .

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