United States Lines and the heydays of trans-Atlantic travel on the last two great American ocean liners, the S.S. America and United States.
S.S. United States
Image from the Mariner’s Museum collection Newport News VA- Header image from shipbucket.com
On July 7 1952 the S.S. United States cut 10 hours off the Atlantic speed record set 14 years earlier by the Queen Mary. The crossing time from New York to the finish line at Bishop’s Rock U,K, a little over 3 days and then hours. The ship and her crew were celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. 150,000 New Yorker’s turned out to give the captain and chief engineer a Broadway ticker tape parade.
Welcome aboard the S.S. United States. America’s flagship from 1952 to 1969.
In the following pages you will find.
An illustrated story of the ship from construction to her current fight for survival.
A tour of the interiors and introduction to the design team
Sailing on the ship from a passenger’s perspective
Finally we go to Philadelphia for a tour of the ship and efforts to save her
An illustrated history of the ship is available bellow. It is in three part and published in POWERSHIPS,,the magazine of the Steamship Historical Society of America.