S.S. AMERICA, S.S. UNITED STATES sailing on the 'All American' team to Europe

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  1. Karen Walker

    We traveled on the SS United States on Tuesday, February 2, 1954 to Havre, Southampton and Bremerhaven. We meeting by Dad and moving to Lakenheath Air Force Base. I was six, and my Mom and three other siblings were on board. Seasickness is remembered as well as the kindness of our cabin steward. I have the booklet from that trip

  2. Mary Ann Buckley

    My family sailed on the SS America from Bremerhaven to New York twice; first in the summer of 1957 for home leave while living in Germany for my father’s job with the US foreign service; the second time was leaving Germany for good in July of 1962. On that trip, we sailed through the edges of a hurricane and most of the passengers were terribly seasick – but the kids like me had a grand time, both in the waves in the swimming pool caused by the rocking of the ship (they finally threw us out and closed it down for safety reasons) and playing ping-pong on the enclosed deck, where the rocking of the ship made it more like racketball as the entire deck would list to the side so the ball in the air would hit the wall or the ceiling instead of the table. They played a movie every afternoon, but there were only two movies that they rotated: “Hatari” and “Lolita.”

  3. Nina Steglich

    I was born in Landshut , Germany , in 1948 . At the age of 9 , my mother and I sailed on the SS UNITED STATES from Bremerhaven to New York . It was January of 1957 and the North Atlantic was not a good place to be .
    We stopped at Southampton and I saw someone riding one of those old fashioned giant bicycles along the pier .
    When we headed out into the open ocean it didn’t take long for the giant waves to start pushing the ship from side to side while the swells caused a rollercoaster motion .
    Needless to say I was seasick for most of the voyage .
    We had to secure everything in our cabin and the chairs in the dining rooms and lounges were tied backwards around the tables when not in use . Going up on deck was totally out of the question .
    As an adult I spent a lot of time on boats and never got sick , not even queasy !! To this day I thank the old girl for my baptism by fire .
    By the time we sailed into New York harbor I had recovered and was in total awe at the size of those skyscrapers and the cosmopolitan aura of my new home . Sixty-three years later I still remember it like it was yesterday .
    With air travel one could never experience anything like that and that’s sad .

  4. Bill. Sawyer

    Sailed as licensed junior engineer several voyages during summer – fall of 1957. Would be interested in engineering crew list of those time periods. Later sailed
    several years for U S Lines as an engineering watch officer.

  5. Larry Driscoll

    I was so pleased to discover information on the Stratocruiser, to finally know I wasn’t imagining that I had flown to New York in 1957, sleeping in a proper berth. I felt sure I had, but no one seemed to know what I was talking about. I think I’ve been very lucky to have flown on both the BOAC Stratocruise and later on Concorde. Both wonderful experiences.

    Indeed aged 19 and very naive I applied to BOAC for a job as an air hostess. In those days correct appearance weight, height and figure measurements were essential. I frantically dieted, but all to no avail. The interview was daunting and my final faux pas was in answer to ‘of which country was Tokyo the capital’ – China – I don’t think so!!


  6. Larry Driscoll

    I remember flying a BOAC Stratocruiser in 1955 from Toronto, Canada to London, UK with my mother as a very young boy. I remember sleeping in a bunk bed with curtains. The most exciting part of the plane to me was the lounge below which was accessed by a spiral staircase which I spent many hours in. It had round porthole style windows through which you could look down at the land, ocean or clouds which looked like cotton balls as we flew so high above. There were lots of snacks and the meals were delicious. The flight was long with a refueling stop in Gander, Newfoundland. We took a similar flight back to Montreal a year later. The memories of this magical plane have lasted a lifetime. It was a golden unhurried age of air travel.

  7. Larry Driscoll

    Hi. Great article. Thank you. Can you tell me approximately how long the flights were on the Stratocruiser London to Montreal with a refuel in Gander. This was late in its epoch around 1959. I am fact checking and a diary I have says 10 hours. Would this be close to correct
    Kay Beckett

  8. Buce Crompton

    I travelled on the Australis. Auckland to Southhampton.
    Left Auckland 2 August arrived Southhampton 31 August just as the QE2 was docking.

    Wonderfull trip called Fiji,Acapulco.Panama wdst indies, Bahama’s Miami and on to Southampton.
    Would love to catch up with anyone on that voyage.
    Felt a sense of sadness after watching the final end of such a wonderfull old ship.
    Have a photo of my 3 room mates.

  9. Edmund Squire

    I have to agree with this comparison, even though as “United States” was from an earlier time period of the 1950’s. I thought of her a giant sized U.S. Navy destroyer in rough weather and size of the “Big U” aluminum stacks was taken into consideration, as to navigating in rough North Atlantic seas. The on board passenger facilities and public spaces were for first and cabin class were very good and tourist class accommodations were good also. The food and service was also very good. Remember the “United States was completely fireproof with no wood material used in her construction, only the grand piano and butcher’s blocks in the ships galley were the only non flamable materials. The “QM2” being built almost sixty years later much bigger, had maxmium in port manovering abilities with no tugs and much larger than the “United States”. The “QM2” has two sets of large rough weather stabilizors. Her accomodations are the best, being this great liner was also meant for cruising in warm waters too. The “Big U” could do over 30 knots+ and keep a good schedule, despite any rough seas. The “United States” had eight super heated boilers in two separate boiler room spaces and four large steam turbine engines. The “QM2” has large diesel electric and gas turbine to maitain this ship(Built 2004) to maintain a good schedule, originally 6 days and then reduced to 7 days Transatlantic crossing at her highest speed of 29 knots. As we all know the “United States” was designed as a troop carrier for the U.S, Navy in time of war. I traveled o both ships, on the “United States” and with her while in Newport News Shipyard, Newport News Virginia, her birthplace in 1952 and on the new “QM2” on her maiden voyage in 2004. It’s quite a comparison of two great ships from two generations of true ocean liners.

  10. Judith Thompson

    I was on the SS Australis in 1975, traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Southampton with four trunks full of supplies and equipment to begin my archeological survey of SE Iran. I bought a Landrover in London and drove it all the way to Baluchistan in Iran through the winter snows in Europe, sleeping in the back of the Landrover. What I remember most about the crossing was that we ran into a Force 11 3-day snowstorm in January. All the tables in the dining room had wet tablecloths and raised sides to prevent dishes from falling off. Ropes were strung throughout the ship for people to hold onto although most passengers were so seasick that only a very few of us left our cabins. One woman was injured when a baby grand piano flew across a room. I had a cabin to myself that looked out onto a deck. I was very shy and did not make any friends although I remember being outside watching the waves crash onto the deck and meeting a man whose wife was down with seasickness. We seemed to be the only passengers curious enough to venture outside.

  11. Bernd Groß

    I left NY on March 13th 1969 to Bremerhaven
    with my Mother, I was 16 years old, I still have a passenger list. Never forget this time.
    Bernd Groß

  12. Tony D

    I am trying to find details of the SS Australis trip to Southampton which took place in March 1968. My biological mother (who is British) met my biological father (who is Maltese and called Joseph Axisa) on this trip. They were both 24 years old at the time.

    I am trying to find out about my biological father since I was adopted and have only recently discovered my story.

    If anybody remembers this trip or who knows how I might find details of passenger lists to find out more then I would be interested to know!

  13. Albert van Koots ( nee: van Koetsveld)

    Albert van Koetsveld, 2/21/2021
    I sailed on the ss United States from Le Havre, France to New York in 1960 as an immigrant from The Netherlands and I can not find a list
    of the passengers . I departed Amsterdam by train to France on May 222 I think and boarded the ship the next day with a lot of immigrants
    from the Netherlands for a new life in America.At diner at night I sat with 6 other Dutch boys and I still have their autographs , in fact when
    I was in Henderson,NV four years ago at a party I met one of the men that sat with me on that dinner table,
    It was a beautiful ship and I still have found memories of the time I spent on her.

  14. Robert (Bob) Lavoie

    My 1st (and only round trip) on a TWA Lockheed Constellation was when I was 9 years old in the summer of 1949. My dad was the station manager for old Northeast Airlines at New Bedford, Ma. (He began his career with NEA in 1939 at BOS Logan Airport.) My parents and I flew out of New Bedford on a NEA Douglas DC3 to LaGuardia in NY.
    Then we hopped on a TWA Constellation out of NY to LAX with an intermediate stop in STL. As a 9 yr old kid, this was quite an experience for me. I always though of the ‘Connie’ as one of the most beautiful airplanes…then and even now, it stands out with that high stance, curved fuselage and tri-tail.
    Dad worked for NEA until 1973 when NEA was merged with Delta. He was then with Delta until 1978 when he retired after 39 years with NEA and Delta. During those earlier years during the 1940’s to 1960’s, my dad’s sister’s husband was a pilot for American Airlines. They were the ones who we were visiting in 1949 when we flew out to LAX on TWA.

  15. frank richard carew

    Left on Jan 2nd 1967 from Melbourne to Southampton. My nickname was Gallip. GHas 21st Birthday on board,

  16. Terry (Robins) Hardwick

    I went to England on the Australis leaving Sydney about 26 July 1973. I was going to do the usual working holiday for a year and come back home via Israel and overland. However, on board, I met the man who has been my husband now for 46 years! We married in England and came back to Australia four years later with our 3 week old son.
    We travelled via Auckland, Suva, Acapulco, Panama Canal and Miami. I remember our time on the Australis as a bit of a situation comedy with some of the things that went on but things worked out in the end. I was in a 6-berth cabin – my friends were Carole from Yorkshire; Wendy from Wiltshire and Andrea and Jacinta from New Zealand plus Pat and Marcus who were in Brian’s cabin. I remember Nick and the Rocks who played in the ballroom and going down to a cramped crew cabin for a party where the crew tried to get the blokes in the group drunk. We would party all night and go to breakfast in the mornings then sleep most of the days except when we were in port. We had a Force 10 gale out of Miami and Brian and I proved we were very good sailors as we were about the only people who came to breakfast. I also remember how infection went through the ship so easily and everyone got a dose of the runs at some stage.
    We had an absolute ball and it seemed like life on the ship was the whole world while you were on board. We kept in touch with some of these mates after we left the ship for a while but have lost touch now.

  17. Gary Oppitz

    I am looking for exact dates/durations that the SS United States was docked in Southampton in the summer of 1957. Thanks so very much for your replies. Gary Oppitz

  18. Billy O'Brien

    I travelled on the last crossing made in 1964 by the SS America into Cobh, Ireland. I was three years of age, born in Boston of Irish emigre parents, John and Eileen O’Brien, who decided to return home to Co. Cork. I was brought on the ship by my Aunt Sheila as my mother could not travel by boat after heart surgery in Boston in 1962. The ship gave me my second memory in life (the first being the snow in Boston), when I strayed on board and recall running down its long corridors crying. All was well when someone in a uniform found me brought me to a desk, and I was given a toy boat until my aunt collected me. Silly story I know, but real to me.

  19. Gill Pritchard (nee Hollyoake)

    I travelled on the Australis northbound in January 1968. Many good memories but crossing the North Atlantic in Winter and the worst storms for a long time. Everything was battened down, pool emptied, doors locked shut and restaurants closed although most people were in their cabins vomiting. The ship had to switch of engines at one point as the sea was running faster than the ship and the rear screws were rising out of the water with an horrendous noise. I have never been so happy to see the Scilly Isles and Cornwall. Later learned that 5 fishing boats had been lost in the North Atlantic that week.

  20. Lainie Fastman

    I was a young bride from the Netherlands when my new husband, an American, and I sailed from South Hampton England to New York in December 1956. My husband had already booked this trip in the early spring of 1956 for himself alone. . By the time we had found each other and decided on our marriage, there was no single cabin available for either of us. Both of us shared a third class cabin with three other guests. It was a strange honeymoon! We encountered quite a storm in the Atlantic with waves the size of an apartment house. Many guests, including my husband, and even crew members were seasick. The dining room was ed, but I showed up and I ate. Our emergency evacuation drill brought us in contact with privileged first class guests who had to mingle with the “ordinary” folks. Our arrival after five days sailing, very early in the morning, in New York harbor, as the winter sun was just rising and while passing Miss Liberty, took my breath away. We disembarked on the bustling West Side and I fell in love with New York City and I like to think it was mutual. I never changed my mind – now 3 children and 11 grandchildren and so far 13 great grands later, I think I am a lucky former traveler on that great ship

  21. Monika Traeger

    My parents and I sailed Tourist Class from New York to, I think Amsterdam on the SS United States in the summer of 1965. I figured out how to enter the 1st Class scheduled timing for the little indoor pool area, by going up and down all kinds of stairs and halls. That was the best part of the trip for me. Also a spot for children to hang out, listen to music and dance with other kids. Love those memories! My parents have both passed already, and as I have been going through photo albums I came across their Passenger Fares booklet and found that we stayed on Deck B in room 127, and they paid $780.00. So going to keep this. I used to have a deck of cards with a photo of this ship on the back sides.

  22. Jim Molloy

    Came to Australia on the Australis arriving in Melbourne on 13th January 1966 Via Greece, Suez, Aden and Fremantle. I would like to contact anyone on that voyage.

  23. Chris Gill

    Hello My Father sailed on the SS America/West Point they left Camp Myles Standish and arrived at Boston Harbor and sailed Sept.7th 1944 and arrived in Liverpool England Sept.14th and then traveled by land to to Southampton England where they boarded troop transports to the Mulberry Harbor at Omaha Beach Normandy where his outfit spent a month in a marshing yard “D” near a Apple Orchard before moving out into Holland and then Belgium Thank you for sharing your collection so I could see the ship my Father sailed on during WWII
    Chris G.

  24. Veronica

    I was on the 17Nov 1977 Voyage . I was 19 and married 3 weeks . My first trip overseas . Fabulous memories enroute . I thought i would die the first day or two from being seasick but a little trip to the surgery and I had my sea legs .
    It was so exciting for a young bride on my way to an exciting life in Australia . I consider myself very very lucky to have had that experience on the SS Australis

  25. Diane Conier new Foster

    My sister was 24 I was 17 from Birkenhead Cheshire we left Southampton around 21st March 1973 on the Britannia /Britannis ?
    Greek crew. We had a fabulous time on board for 5 weeks Arriving in Tasmania April 1973. I have lived in many states and have come back to Tasmania to retire.
    Our eldest sister sponsored us £10 Pommes

  26. Scott Kaufman

    I was almost six years old when we left Southampton on the United States with my mom and dad and younger brother in June of 1956. On June 30 I turned six and recall releasing balloons from the deck to celebrate the occasion. We must have arrived in New York in July. I’m hunting for the passenger records to see if I can find our names.

  27. Joanna Roy

    My dad was a Foreign Service Officer. My mom was 8 1/2 months pregnant with my brother. I was 8 years old. We traveled from New York (most likely) to Bremerhaven (probably, as our ultimate destination was Copenhagen) in January 1955.
    I remember being told it was the ship’s maiden voyage, but from what I’ve read recently, I think it was not. I’ve searched online for information about the January 1955 sailing but have not found anything.
    I was told that we passed through a hurricane north of Scotland and my mother stayed in the room the whole time. I remember walking to the dining room holding onto the railings and, one time, vomiting before getting to the dining room. In the dining room the tablecloths were wet so the dishes would not slide off the tables. I remember having a paper model of the ship. My brother was born February 7 in Copenhagen.
    I’ve been living in Philadelphia since 2016 and have seen the ship here. I look forward to the day when it is restored and would love to visit it at that time.

  28. Jim Wallace

    My dad was a US Navy man stationed in London. We had sailed on the SS United States from NYC to Southampton, England in the summer of 1957. We returned to NYC on board the SS America in the summer of 1959 It was such grand cruises. I remember staying awake all night the last night aboard to see the Statue of Liberty as we sailed into New York harbor early that next morning. Although I was only 15 yo at the time, I was thrilled to be back to America aboard the “America.”

  29. Philip Daly

    I sailed on SS America from NYC to Cobh in early 1956 with my parents, aunt, uncle and two cousins. I was only ‘three but almost four’. I have to confess I don’t remember much about the trip. I do remember the evacuation drill on the cold deck and trying to put on the complicated life jackets. I remember the swimming pool. I remember wandering around the ship on our own with my cousins who were three and two years old. Most of all I remember having to get up at an ungodly hour and climbing down a really long shaky gangway to the tenders to take us ashore at Cobh.
    When my Mother died a couple of years ago, going through the file box, I found a souvenir Certificate with a gold star commemorating my crossing 50 years previously.
    Great memories. So sad to read about the gradual demise of this grand lady of the ocean.

  30. Elizabeth Pauls-Diede

    1961 I was 3, we sailed from southHampton to NYC- I was 3. My oldest childhood memory was
    On the SS United States- there was a storm and rough seas, We were having breakfast in our cabin that morning. The Porter brought in the food setting it on the table but first putting down a damp towel so it wouldn’t slide. Then came a huge wave and my breakfast was elevated then tossed to the floor and rolled back-and-forth on the cabin floor. My sister and I jumped onto the bed with excitement and fear. Later I found out the reason we had breakfast in our cabin that morning was because my parents had too much fun the night before with dinner at the captains table.

  31. Anthony McGarry

    My husband sailed on the SS America on September 8, 1959, from Cobh,Cork, Ireland to America and arrived in America on September 17, 1959. He has only fond memories of his voyage! Was wondering if anyone else may have been on the same voyage, as to reminese. He played the button accordion every night on board and enjoyed every bit of the journey!

  32. Uwe F. Ehrlich

    Hello to all. I traveled from Bremerhaven to New York April 1961. I would love to see or have a list of passengers. How might I find or obtain such a list. Thanks
    Uwe F. Ehrlich

  33. Harri KOLOKOTAS

    We came with my parents ( my brother was not 5 years old and I turned 6 shortly after we arrived) and we dont remember 99.9 % of that trip. All I remember is my mother making me a paper mache dress to wear that night AND the rest is left in the history of my mind … One other thing I do remember is that we spoke to another passenger whom my mother told me was French. That man offered me a cap to wear with a long “ponytail”and I have a photo somewhere in my mums stuff. I am hoping that someone will have photos from their trip and could share at some point. We arrived into Sydney from Greece on 14 December 1966.

  34. Donna Maria Colby

    Could you reach out to me at your earliest convenience regarding your experience aboard the SS United States? My research specifically relates to food and the ship and your story is moving. I would LOVE to see the image of you as a young boy of 3 celebrating your birthday aboard the ship.
    Again, my email is:

    Donna Maria Colby

  35. Donna Maria Colby

    I am a doctoral fellow and researcher and am currently conducting a historical research paper on the SS United States and food.

    The direction of my research is the symbolic communicative role food plays in western society, particularly as an effective and significant form of cultural communication and contributes to social relationships, dynamics, and practices. As food functions as a symbol by which we create and share meaning with others, it allows us to understand cultures, rituals, and traditions, as well as reveal important aspects of the ways food and dining contribute to social relationships and cultural communication practices of the time.

    Thank you to anyone who is willing to share their experience or insight into this research endeavor.
    Donna Maria Colby
    (Hampton Roads, Virginia)

  36. Ronald Claughton

    Hi Rob my wife Angela traveled from Piraeus to Australia with her parents and twin brother and friends they arrived in Freemantle on 29 May 1968 then to Bonegilla refuge victoria

  37. Jean Di Costanzo

    I touched the Australian soil in Fremantle 3rd of July 1975. Australis was a beauty,a majestic ship,the biggest of them all!
    I was 19 and single man,did everything even visiting the machines down below and the kitchens! I was friendly and with my lovely French accent was winning all the hearts!
    It was distinguished,we had a stewart for our cabin and was so friendly and always at our disposition for whatever we needed!
    My 3 colleagues passengers from France,Hungary and Holland were nice guys. We spent 32 days till Sydney,the group Sherbet came on board in Melbourne,we were dancing every night!
    Three meals a day, tea times,coffees and cakes all the time! I will always remember that scrambled eggs and pineapple juice!
    They don’t tell when a tragedy arise and fortunately they didn’t have to,it would remove the euphorical atmosphere,everybody was happy,the tourists from Great Britain and the migrants from Europe! We were 2500 passengers and 700 from the crew!
    Yes one day I saved a life,maybe two! That girl in her 20’s wanted to jump,she was on the other side of the barrier,one guy holding her,they were screaming,it was 5 o’clock in the morning. I heard the guy asking me to take her to safety,he couldn’t as he was exhausted!
    How long they were there,I don’t know!
    She wanted to kill herself for desperation,it was about a break up,so many fell in love on that ship!
    I was happy and never heard of them,nor anyone thanking me either and it’s ok because they didn’t have to as it became my reward for life!
    That ship was so big,7 levels I think! Two swimming pools,gyms,saunas and bars in every corners! I loved it all! We lost few days after Cape Town,an horrible weather made us do a detour in the Indian ocean! That huge ship was rocked by the rough waves but stood well.
    I went back to France after ten months but came back few times and now living in the Mornington Peninsula!

  38. Constance Dinan Guggenheim

    I was fortunate enough to have sailed the S.S. America to Bermuda April of 1963. I was in company of two friends and we were in celebration of our graduation from high school. Drinking on the high seas was permitted at age 18 so we took full advantage of this glorious opportunity, indulging in bloody Mary’s for breakfast to a new thing called a nightcap! That aside the voyage was quite eventful We hit a Storm and I remember the room stewards strapping us in our beds. Roping was used to navigate the hallways and many men on their honeymoon succumbed to seasickness I was blessed to be a part of the last days of a style of travel that will never be seen again, a most genteel Life where grace and manners were in full abundance- when men still tipped their hats to ladies and the world was busy making money and drinking to access was all good.it was a wonderful experience that made me a cruiser forever Although we have had great new sailing experiences the days of having my chair pulled out as I joined the dinner table are long gone. I will always have treasured memories aboard the S.S. AMERICA

  39. mel kennison

    I sailed from Southampton, on the 13/10/1965. We were supposed to dock in Melbourne, but because of a storm in Port Philip Bay, we had to sail on to dock in Sydney, on the 25/11/65. We were transported to Melbourne on the Southern Aurora, where we we set down in what is now Southern Cross station, which was always known as Spencer street station.
    I was 9 almost 10 years old, I remember the sail away, I remember the only port where my elder brother, sister, and I, got off with our father, was at Port Said. I remember a lot of little things, most memorable was when an Arab man spoke to my father, On our way back to the ship, wanting to buy my sister, he apparently offered my father a lot of money for her. I’d love to talk to and maybe meet other people from that cruise. we went to Baccus Marsh boarding school, our parents went to the Broadmeadows Hostel.

  40. Anita

    I left Southampton June 1973 on the Australia’s
    With my parents and 1 sister and 5 brothers, I remember we had cabins on the c deck we’re the engines were, I was 15 at the time, had lots of fun on the ship, got to
    Meet my friend Lorraine on there, who’s now my sister-in-law,Got bit rough going access the grater, but we as kids had fun,We had stop at Canary Islands then Cape Town Africa then on to femantle arrive July 20 1973

  41. Larry Driscoll

    Hello. I am the creator of the SS United States site. Read with interest your post-war experience. What an incredible experience you and your family had. Would you be willing to share that birthday picture? What happened to your family after the arrival in New York?

  42. cath

    If I am repeating my request, forgive me.

    Mu Mum,sister & sailed from England to NYC on the SS America in January 1949. If anyone has info or pictures from this sailing that they would like to share, I would be truly grateful. Being a small child, I traveled on my mums passport & do not remember much. Mums name was Elizabeth McDade. Thank you!

  43. cath

    I sailed fro England to NYC, where we landed in 1949. I sailed on m mums passport as I was only 3 years old. Is there a way to see the ships log of this time and any pictures anyone has of this sailing? Our last name was McDade, my mums first name Elizabeth.
    I would greatly appreciate any info any one has!
    Thank You!

  44. Roman J Lukasiewicz

    My name is Roman Lukasiewicz born in Montbelaird France 1953, I came to United States of America in the spring of 1956 on the SS United States. My parents migrated to France after world war two, being refugees surviving slave labor in Berlin during the bombardment by the allies. My father’s work was to pick up all the unexploded bombs, put them in a wheel barrel and hall them away. Though we were not Jewish, a Jewish organisation helped my parents, my brother George and twin sisters whom I never met because they died of hunger, to emmagrate to France. After seven years in which my brother George was in a TB clinic in the mountains of France my family was allowed to come to the United States, again with the aid of a Jewish organisation.There is a photo of my family celebrating my 3rd birthday on the SS United States. Disembarking in New York my Father went out to look for food for my family, though not speaking English or having American money, he entered a small grocery store, because he was a barber in Poland many of his clients were his Jewish neighbors he was able to speak fluent Yiddish, he spoke to the store owner in Yiddish and the store owner finding out that we just came off the boat gave my father two bags of groceries. In my search for answers of the horrors of Hitler and Stalin, I have read many accounts of small kindnesses that people have done through out those terrible years to hold onto respect for those suffering and to hold onto their humanity.

  45. Joel Bader

    The article in the 1951 edition of The Book of Knowledge children’s encyclopedia had two cutaway illustrations of the Stratocruiser. The first one showed the spiral staircase linking the passenger cabin on the main level with the lounge below. The caption noted that the aircraft could carry 72 passengers at day or 36 at night. The illustration showed 2 x 2 seating. The second illustration showed the arrangement of the night-time bunks. I read the article in 1970 when the Boeing 747 was being introduced and the Stratocruiser resembled a Boeing 747 to me, albeit with the lounge downstairs instead of upstairs. The Book of Knowledge article had a bonus–a photo from Boeing of a bowling game taking place in an unfinished fuselage of a C-97 (the military cousin of the Stratocruiser). The bowling game showed how much space was in the fuselage of the C-97/Stratocruiser. I think the game was staged to promote the C-97/Stratocruiser, but I am not too clear on that theory.

  46. Rob Hunt

    I’d love to speak to anyone who travelled on Australis Dep Piraeus May 5 1968, Arr Melbourne June 2. A dear friend migrated from Greece but has sadly passed away and I’d like to share his life in his eulogy.

  47. Andre mackie

    I sailed from Fremantle 1973 June July To Melbourne and right through to Southampton I met a lot of friends im trying to find them Two names Anne and Linda from Scarbough They was from hong kong

  48. Rob Hunt

    If anyone reads this who was on a 1968 trip per Australia, to Melbourne, Australia, I’d love to be in contact. A Greek passenger on that trip was headed for Bonegilla camp and as of June 2020, is near the end of his life. I’m trying to find some memories to share with him.
    Thank you in anticipation,

  49. Duncan Fisher

    Our family returned to CONUS in January 1958 on the SS United States from South Hampton.
    I now have the Glencoe model of her and would like to locate our cabin, M-70 on the starboard side.

    In process of building model and want to put a “grain of rice” bulb where our port hole was.

    Any assistance?

  50. Duncan Fisher

    We returned from tour in UK in 1958 on SS United States.
    Now I have the Glencoe Model of it and trying to locate our cabin, M-70.

  51. Duncan Fisher

    We returned from tour in UK in 1958 on SS United States.
    Now I have the Glencoe Model of it and trying to locate our cabin, M-70.

  52. Becky Stevenson

    I was on the SS America in 1959 with my parents. My father was in the Army and he was being transferred to France. It took us seven days to complete the trip. I would order breakfast every day and then go swimming. I can only remember some of the voyage, but it was quite an experience. I actually met this person who worked on the ship, Gene, who said that he was going to look me up when I got older to marry me. Well, of course, that didn’t happen.

  53. Gary Dean Crosby

    I traveled from Sydney Australia to Southampton UK on the SS Australis in 1967. It took one month. We stopped at Aukland NZ, Suva Fiji, Panama & on through the Panama Canal, Port Everglades Miami USA & then on to Southampton. What a wonderful adventure for an almost 13 yrs kid. The only negative I remember was watching Ghengis Khan & carry on Cowboy over & over again in the ships cinema. They didn’t have too many movies.
    I am now a guitar teacher in the UK.

  54. Marie Lacey

    I do not remember being on the SS America, but I do know I was born on the ship while it was enroute from Cobh to New York many years ago. I treasure any memorabilia I can get on the ship. Fortunately or unfortunately I saw the America in its final resting place in fuertuventura, Canary Islands in 2002.
    Marie Lacey
    Just google my name with SS America

  55. Paul Fox

    Hi: I’m publishing a Noir/Detective novel in 2020 called The Connie. I’d like to use some of the Pan Am / Lockheed Constellation ads and photographs featured in this website. Do you know who I should contact re. copyrights?

    Regards, Paul Fox

  56. Christopher Ann

    We sailed back from Germany on the SS United States in 1952. I was about 8. I remember a kids’ playroom with mats on the floor. We sailed through a north Atlantic hurricane and the ship rolled back and forth so violently that, in the dining room, tables, chairs, glassware went crashing all over.

    But we kids were down in that playroom, lying on the floor, rolling like logs, back and forth, from one side of the room to the other, laughing our heads off!

  57. James Spence

    I sailed on the Australis from Southampton to Sydney June / July 1973. Was a great voyage but got really rough after leaving Cape Town. After 47 years , still remember the friendliness of the staff and other passengers, and as migrants , we were sailing into the unknown.. Kept a lot of memories from Australis including Seascapes and menus and I forgot to hand in the key to cabin 1137. Pity the ship didn’t make it to Phuket as would have loved to try the key out!

  58. Paul Beedham

    My wife and I were ship photographers on Australis 1976/77. Across the Pacific we had the isolation ward as a cabin. Captain Ikiadis was our captain and was prone to sea sickness. Gary was my second photographer; he also used to operate the ancient x-ray machine. We had worked on Patris in 1974.

  59. Robert

    Just watched You Tube documentary on the life (and death) of the ship through all its incarnations (including, of course, Australis). It’s called “Abandoned” (SS America). I travelled from Sydney to Acapulco with wife and two small children in 1972. Fantastic experience. Although it was a one class liner at that stage, our cabin (#123) was so spacious it must have been a first class executive suite of some sort in its hey day. Sure beat the hell out of any fancy cruise ship.

  60. Christopher Wilson

    Hi All. Was on that last voyage as an 8yo. Sister Rachel 10, father Gordon 38, Mother Edith 31. Came from Southampton to Melbourne. 28 days, Crete, Cairo, Djibouti, Fremantle were stops. Remember the food, service great, cinemas, great days. Reminisce or remember with me?

  61. Catherine Brennan

    At this time of year I get a little sentimental, recalling the details of my immigration to America. I traveled with my mother and 5 siblings on the SS America from Cobh to NYC in 1958. It was quite an adventure! We left Ireland on April 10th – 62 years ago. Since it took a week to cross the Atlantic, I assume we arrived April 17th, 1958. I was only 6 at the time so my memories are limited. I remember the dining room with the waiter who tried very hard to find food that we all would enjoy. I remember going below deck (in an elevator) to see the swimming pool, though we didn’t swim. My mom enjoyed the dancing and entertainment at night. We kids had fun in the Children’s Playroom. It was a rough crossing so we did not spend time up on the deck. I have pictures of my family at the gala dinner and the group shot of the kids in the playroom. I have a copy of the blue book which included information about the ship in addition to the passenger list; we traveled tourist class. I also have a copy of the daily newspaper, “The OceanPress”, dated April 12, 1958.

  62. Andre Mackie

    Hello I was on the 1974 from Perth Australia to Southampton I met loads of friends had a great cruise Imet a girl called Ann from Scarborough been trying to contact her for years Australis was a great ship it a-shame what happened to her Any way my email is angemackie@icloudcom

  63. Clive Hyne

    Hi, does anyone remember the stow away on the SS Australis departing Sydney in 1968? His name was John Bakonji

  64. Ray Hampton

    I travelled from Australia to Uk on her in 1975 as a five year old. Memory of a lifetime. The flambé lobster on the first meal made me crook. Boiled rice for days after! The stops in the way were amazing. Such a lucky childhood.

  65. Dore Van der Wilk

    Wow!!! I remember the wonderful times the family had on the beautiful liner, we were on holiday I think boarding around end of September 1968 where I had my 18th Birthday celebration. We embarked from Perth with so many memorable ports along the way to the end of the destination, think it was Dover?? the whole family went for the trip of a lifetime Mum Dad and my 3 siblings
    I shared a room with 3 other girls and made several new friendships with people my own age…we had wonderful times, the ship was opulent, dressing up for dinner every night then dancing

    we then 10 months later after spending most of our holiday in Holland embarked for journey home back on the Australis …..AMAZING i’ll never forgot it ever

  66. Hugh A. Andrews

    My name is Hugh Andrews, and I worked as a Jr. Purser on the Big U and the America in the summers of 1962, 1963 and 1964 as a way to defray the expenses of my college education. In total, I made 5 voyages on the United States and 9 voyages on the America. During one voyage we anchored in Cobh, Ireland where Ike (with a Brigadier General aide), Mamie and their grandchildren came aboard for westbound crossing to New York. I always thought that this took place in July of 1961 on the America, but in reading several biographies of Eisenhower it is mentioned that he traveled back on the United States and not the America. I have wonderful memories of President Eisenhower from this voyage and would like to know if anyone can tell me which of these great ships he was on. Thanks! BTW – My father (Hugh Andrews, Sr.) spent his entire career as a deck officer with United States Lines before his untimely death in 1949 at age 42.

  67. Daniel Friend

    My mother migrated from Germany on the USS United States on Dec 10, 1955. I would like to somehow find out/see a picture of the quarters she stayed in. I have a postcard she sent me of the ship long ago. She passed away Sept 15, 2018 at the age of 84. he name at the time was Helga Lehman

  68. Annelen knappe

    Hi I’m Annelen. My parents and I left Germany in November 73. We stopped at southhampton, Las Palmas, then on to Freemantle, where we were delayed one week,I think? I remember being allowed off the boat, and lining up along the beach with many migrants who, like myself, had never swum in the ocean. Most of us only dared to go in the water up to our knees, and the medical facility had to cope with large numbers of sunburnt bodies. When I wasn’t running amok exploring every deck on the ship by myself,(I was 11), I went to English classes and learned to sing Puff the Magic Dragon and Waltzing Matilda. Many more memories. My explorations caused me to disappear for days at a time, and at one stage they put a missing person announcement out for me.We arrived in Sydney about one week before Xmas 1973.

  69. Jerry Berns

    On September 1, 1961 my buddy and I sailed aboard the SS America from NYC to Southampton via Cobh and Le Havre. We arrived at our destination on September 8. The voyage was smooth as silk and we had a wonderful time.

    On January 21, 1962 The SS United States took me from Southampton back to NYC, arriving on January 28, my 28th birthday. The seas were rough and the wind was strong, but the ship was steady all the way.

  70. Laura Streek nee Mills

    I was on the Ss Australia in November 1977 returning to England.
    My name Was Laura Mills. I met Kate Symons and Robyn Booth. I often wonder what happened to them. We were young and had an absolutely wonderful journey calling into New Zealand, Brazil and Argentina.

  71. Kay Beckett

    Hi. Great article. Thank you. Can you tell me approximately how long the flights were on the Stratocruiser London to Montreal with a refuel in Gander. This was late in its epoch around 1959. I am fact checking and a diary I have says 10 hours. Would this be close to correct

  72. nigel stanbridge

    i sailed out of Southampton in 1974 may i believe and first stop the canary islands then on to south africa cape town it was the most stunning view i had seen. also saw a sunfish from the bow of the australis big as a car, we then headed for fremantle it took a bit as we sailed south to get away from a cyclone i remember a lady going head first through a glass door when the ship rolled , we arrived in freo and the coast looked like a giant sand dune, we then left freo and arrived in melbourne the painters where on the dock we arrived back that day to see a massive white patch on the side . later on a rolls royce turned up with the band sherbet who entertained us to sydney the manager made the mistake of saying the band was better than the beatles he was howled off the stage arrived in sydney to greet my future wifes parents my future wife was on board the australis with me

  73. Jens Arnold

    My family and I migrated to Australia from Germany and sailed on board Australis early 1970 and arrived in Sydney mid March. I remember the journey as one of the best times of my life, I was only 9 but we enjoyed the 6 weeks so much. We were introduced to movies, as kids we could order just ice cream for dinner, it was such a memorable time. Every port my father and mother would take me and my 2 brothers for excursions, it was all such an adventure. I remember the ship being so big in Bremer Haven when we arrived, I am so grateful to my parents for taking me on the adventure of my lifetime. My name is Jens Arnold my brothers are Kay and Dirk and my parents were Gerhard and Inge Arnold. I would love to hear from anyone that was on this journey back in 1970.

  74. Mark Fluitt

    Hi, I came across an original photograph of the America as it is pulling into Havana Cuba. The photographer is M. ILLA. His business name is WATERFRONT PHOTOGRAPHY, Cuba 62 Havana, Cuba. It measures 18″×7.5″.
    Black and white photo with only damage being a fold vertical middle.
    Can you advise me on value either to a collector or museum?
    Thank you,

  75. Trena Jones

    I left melbourne as a 19 year old to go to Southampton although the ship ended up in rotterdam
    Had a fabulous trip visiting sydney, auckland suva, acapulco,
    Cristabal and balboa through the panama and up
    Took 4 and a half weeks, wonderful ship had a great time met loads of great people, loved the crossing of the line ceremony on the equator

  76. Kim Palmer

    I was a passenger Oct 1964 Southampton to NY on her last crossing. I was 8 and my brother 5 my Mum ,Auntie and Uncle, my Dad was already in America working, he drove from California to NY to pick us up. The ship got hit by a whale

  77. James A. Todd

    I sailed on S.S. Australis on Feb. 27th 1976 going to Oz and again in August 10th 1976 coming back to UK.

    Those were some of the best days of my life.

    James (Jim) Todd
    Cabin 1110 Southbound

  78. yvonne ballantyne

    I travelled on the Australis departing Auckland 29th July 1973 My life was changed forever with that Voyage it was amazing. I still have several friends relating to that trip and our lives have been intertwined ever since.I was living in Timaru 1977 1978 when the Australis was laid up their after it’s last trip and it was being prepared for sale.I have a few little momentums from her. Swarn Singh,Gurmeet Handa,Amrik Lal and Armajit were 4 of the friends from that time.

  79. Gill Fitzherbert

    I sailed from Southampton to Auckland leaving the uk Nov 1971 arriving in Auckland the week before Christmas. I was 16 and travelled alone. Great days, no camera, so only memories.
    Gill Bishop

  80. brian holliday

    my wife jen and daughter caroline and i sailed on australis on 3rd april 1967.just before we sailed the greek crew had some sort of dispute and left the ship. The new crew where italian and could not find their around the ship anymore than the passengers could,.so it was total chaos for a while, with meal times being very late indeed.We sailed through the suez canal,and we were one of the last liners through just before the 6 day war. i went ashore in aden, where there were british soldiers with rifles on every street corner. we arrived in Perth in May, and sailed on to Melbourne, where we stayed for 7 years until we sailed back to the uk on the ellenis

  81. Darin K.

    Then-Senator JFK travelled on the SS America from England to the U.S. sometime in 1958, but I’m not sure exactly when. My mother and one of her sisters were on the same trip, returning from their first 2-year stint in the American Foreign Service. They spent some time with the Senator, on deck and later meeting up for cocktails. (JFK had soda pop.) I have a couple photographs of them together on deck.

  82. Cindy Thurston

    My husband and I lived in Frankfurt for 3 years. After he got out of the military we traveled throughout Europe for 6 months. We decided to take the last Atlantic crossing of the SS United States, leaving from Hamburg, stopping in South Hampton, and then on to New York. It was early November and the sea was very rough. We were in cabin class, but we were able to move in and out of all the different classes, enjoying entertainment and meeting people from all over the world. Our dining was luxurious, but unfortunately, I was the last member eating at our huge table by the 2nd evening, as I recall. Staff rushed into our room in the middle of the night, shutting the portholes, as a rush of gushing water splashed into our room. People were sick everywhere, my husband included. I took some dramamine, drank beer, and read each day in the bar! We were kept offshore when reaching the coast as the storm was wicked and I remember the waves swelling to great heights. It was a memorable six days. We were young and everything was exciting. Today, 50 years later I look back with a smile at an experience of a lifetime.

  83. Sheila nunn

    I also came to America from UK on SSAmerica Nov62 as wife of US airman…. never forgotten sailing from Southampton STOP over by Shannon to pick up group of Irish many on their way alone or to family..their first night spent singing and tears..being not a good sailor spent quite a bit of my time down below!! However once passed we hit a storm and crew came tying down tables chaining doors..managed to withstand ..the swaying tho it did break up the dancing!..never ever will forget steaming into NY Harbour in early mornning fog with my first born in my arms,seeing The Grand Lady Liberty..All I could think of were those who made that same journey before me..My new in laws patiently waiting for me to get through customs and immigration checks of several hours ..Then on to Boston..thanksgiving week ALWAYS stirs the memories..

  84. Larry Driscoll

    To learn more about a soldiers life on a troopship go to your library and request a copy of the book SS America USS West Point SS Australis the many lives of a great ship by Lawrence Driscoll. One chapter is dedicated to life sailing on the WEst point

  85. Mel Hughes

    Trying to learn more about a soldier’s life aboard a troop transport during WW2. Things like, were there drills for soldiers while aboard naval vessels, assemblies, any kind of accountability. Would appreciate “a day in the life” for any soldier transported overseas by a navy vessel. Thanks.

  86. Michael Macaulay

    As a teenager I remember flying from Rome to Kano Nigeria at night on a BOAC Stratocruiser having arrived in Rome from Perth Australia on a Qantas Super Constellation.
    I was heading to Port Harcourt in Nigeria for School Holidays as my father worked for Shell Company.
    There were many English school children on board the Stratocruise and Pillow fights were ongoing along the aisle.
    I remember a crew member with a sextant taking a position fix over the Sahara. No navigation systems in those days.
    I loved travelling on those old aircraft and eventually became a Commercial Pilot myself.

  87. Richard Ridington

    Thanks for maintaining a great site! My father, Capt. Ridington, navigated the Blue Riband runs, and I have memories of visiting aboard (I sailed with him only on a cargo ship). When I came across the site, Google displayed an annotated photo featuring Harry Manning, the ship’s pilot, General Franklin, and William Gibbs, on the bridge wing upon arrival in NY after the Blue Riband run (I know a version of that image appeared in Frank Braynard’s book on Gibbs,”By Their Works Ye Shall Know Them.” But I haven’t been able to locate the photo. Would you know where it might be archived? In any case, best wishes – Richard R.

  88. Ruth Wedelich

    I sailed from Bremerhaven to New York in June of 1955. Was so very sea sick. Finally could eat all the food I wanted and I had to get sick. My mother Wilma and my brother Michael were fine. We arrived in New York during a heat wave. It was awful. I was 20 years old and spoke hardly any any english. Now I am almost 84 and am happy my mother decided to come to America. , although I was sooo home sick for a long time.
    It is so sad what happened to that beautiful ship. I saw the SS United States in Philadelphia just rotting away! Sad.

  89. Andre

    I sailed out of Fremantle 1974 to the ok I met a lot of friends one girl Anne Iv been searching for her for years She came from Scarborough She was twith her family out of Hong cong Her dad was in the army We was all friends Ann was my girlfriend if any one ever reds this who knows any thing please contact me on lotsofrugby24@icloud.com My name is Andre

  90. Larry Driscoll

    Hi.I also remember sliding on those smooth floors as the ship climbed a wave rhen plunged to the bottom. Gravity did all the work. My best dining room desert backed Alaska, you could have your cake and ice cream too. How could they bake a cake in an oven wiht ice cream inside? had it every nite.

  91. Frank DiRubba

    would anybody know how to get info of the SS America passenger list for November 28th arrival in New York from Le Havre France?

  92. Mr Nicola Mossa

    I’m trying to locate the passenger manifest of my transatlantic voyage to the NYC port the S.S. United States arrived in NYC on October 09 -1960 from Le Havre Fr.
    I remember traveling on c deck with my father.
    Thank You

  93. Jean Di Costanzo

    It was fabulous to be on that big ship!
    I am from France and three times a day we were served like princes and princesses on our group formed in Paris! We were escorted by Australian delegates to Southampton via Brittany and Plymouth! 32 days of holidays,2500 passengers 700 crew members! I was 19 fully trade to work in Port Kembla Steelwork!
    Amazing trip visiting Las Palmas,Cape Town and Perth,then stopped in Melbourne passing in the famous Port Phillip Bay then to Sydney! The Sherbets played for us for a week and I had the chance to save the life of a young lady,I stopped her from jumping! Nobody knew,well these things don’t get spread but I feel good about that!
    I arrived in Freemantle the 3rd of July 1975!
    I loved the Australis! Great time,wonderful people I met on it!??

  94. James Marchment

    Adapting the B29 from heavy bomber to high capacity freight and passenger use via such innovations as the “double decker” fuselage is echoed in a converse application, DHComet jetliner to Nimrod ASW recon & attack aircraft.
    Thank you for this page.

  95. Jeff Shannon

    It was the early 60’s and my uncle took me to the Amarillo, Texas airport to see President Kennedy. He had flown in on a Constellation and the thing I remember most was the plane, not the president. Funny the things that impress an 8 year old the most.

    Jeff Shannon

  96. Isabella

    I have a picture of a group of a mall children which has my mother sitting my grandmothers lap dated 10-10-1954 (believe that’s around the date of sail) traveling from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York on the S.S. America. I am looking for the passenger list.

  97. Warren Brown

    Yes , I was on board the ” fire ” trip cabin 135 = lovely cabin with two portholes , a four berth.
    which was originally a first class two bed cabin.
    Chandris said I was to fly to UK from Suva , but I declined and enjoyed the voyage with vastly
    reduced passenger numbers and only two in our cabin.
    During the days in Suva , I always chose the coach going to a nice coastal hotel ( forgotten name )
    But a left turn after Suva and maybe a journey of 15 minutes ,
    with great food and pool right on the ocean edge.
    I remember us all having Chandris towels to use after swim.
    Happy memories of an era now long gone.

  98. Diane June Bowditch

    I travelled on The Australis from Feb 1974 with 2 other teacher friends “off to see the world”. I remember the Greek officers who we partied with. I remember late nights and late breakfasts. I remember the beautiful Pacifc with ports of call: Auckland, Fiji and Acapulco. Through the Panama Canal, Florida and THEN I remember 1 week of violent seas, rain, gales and cold weather before we docked at Southhampton in UK . Where have we come to?

  99. Gloria Maney Matthews

    In September of 1957 or 1958 my father was being assigned to Friedberg,Germany and was sent ahead of us. My mother and I were booked on the SS America for our trip from New York to Bremerhaven,Germany. What a glorius ship she was. I remember we had a steward for our stateroom that everyone called the “Cat” because of his long fingernails. He took wonderful care of us,especially when we hit a large storm during our trip. I am 72 years old now and still remember the grandeur of the ship. I wish I knew how to get a manifest or passenger list for this sailing. Can anyone help me with this ?



  101. Toula Stomo

    Did anyone travelled on Australia arriving in Sydney in August 1968 from Greece?

  102. Karen Magneson

    I was 9 years old and traveling from New York to Heidelberg Germany in January 1956. We stayed at the old Henry Hudson Hotel before embarking. My father was a Lieutenant in the Navy (Civil Engineer) and was to be stationed at the Army Base in Heidelberg Germany. We were assigned First Class accommodations as that was all that was available at the time. We were taking our new 1957 Pontiac Station Wagon on the ship with us. I remember the red and green buttons on the walls; one for the Steward and one for the Stewardess. While my parents were in the Ball Room I remember pushing the button and asking the steward to bring me a plate of fruit. The came back with the chilled plate of fruit and handed it to me. I remember running down the corridors in my pajamas and skidding down the halls on my knees as they were so shiny and slippery. They had to page my parents in the ballroom to come and get me to behave as I remember. I got in trouble for that. I remember the great deck chairs with the blankets. I remember the First Class Dining Room and having fresh melon balls for dessert. It is amazing after all of these decades I can remember the ambience of that ship as only an 9 year old. John Wayne was on the ship and I remember later in my life my mother telling me that he was with a different woman almost every night. My father taught me Solitaire and I spent much of my time lying on the floor sea-sick and playing this card game. It was a rough voyage and as a child it was difficult as I remember to keep track of day and night.

    I agree with the Captain saying that he wished she could have been sent out to Sea to be sunk instead of what is happening to her now.

  103. Kristen Magneson

    I was 9 years old and traveling from New York to Heidelberg Germany in January 1956. We stayed at the old Henry Hudson Hotel before embarking. My father was a Lieutenant in the Navy (Civil Engineer) and was to be stationed at the Army Base in Heidelberg Germany. We were assigned First Class accommodations as that was all that was available at the time. We were taking our new 1957 Pontiac Station Wagon on the ship with us. I remember the red and green buttons on the walls; one for the Steward and one for the Stewardess. While my parents were in the Ball Room I remember pushing the button and asking the steward to bring me a plate of fruit. The came back with the chilled plate of fruit and handed it to me. I remember running down the corridors in my pajamas and skidding down the halls on my knees as they were so shiny and slippery. They had to page my parents in the ballroom to come and get me to behave as I remember. I got in trouble for that. I remember the great deck chairs with the blankets. I remember the First Class Dining Room and having fresh melon balls for dessert. It is amazing after all of these decades I can remember the ambience of that ship as only an 9 year old. John Wayne was on the ship and I remember later in my life my mother telling me that he was with a different woman almost every night. My father taught me Solitaire and I spent much of my time lying on the floor sea-sick and playing this card game. It was a rough voyage and as a child it was difficult as I remember to keep track of day and night.

    I agree with the Captain saying that he wished she could have been sent out to Sea to be sunk instead of what is happening to her now.

  104. Rudolf Kegel

    I sailed on the Australis, former America from Bremerhafen to Australia in 1970 with stopovers in Southampton, Tenerife, Capetown, Freemantle to Melbourne. In those days the Suez Canal was still blocked from the 67 war and we had to go around Africa. By that time she was 31 years old and being converted to a migrant ship had lost some of her shine, but even the wear and tear could not hide her class. As a former sailor myself I grew quite found of her. It saddened when years later found out her fate of neglect and final end being washed up on Fuenteventura Island and broken up. After a life of faithful service ,may she rest in peace.

  105. Warren Collmer

    My first ride on an airplane occurred in June 1961 as a 10-year-old, on a TWA Super G Connie from Columbus to Dayton Ohio. The flight was a through stop from New York and there were hardly any other passengers onboard. The captain asked me if I wanted to come to the cockpit and although initially a bit anxious, my mother encouraged me to take advantage of the offer. I actually stood and hung onto the cockpit seats during takeoff.

    The experience so impressed me that it eventually led me to a 40-year career as a professional pilot.

  106. Alex Andrews

    I sailed on the SS United States from Bremerhaven to New York in early December 1954. I was then about fifteen. I remember many things about the trip and this wonderful ship. There were many civilian and military families on board. The ship stopped in Southampton where we were delayed from sailing several hours because of fog. When the ship finally got underway again I recall we were several hours late. But we nevertheless arrived in New York right on time; The ship’s progress was published every twenty-four hours and I recall one day our average speed for the previous twenty-four hours had been 32 knots, Not bad for the North Atlantic in winter. But this great ship had a schedule to keep and the capability to catch up the fog-delay.

  107. Francis Bagbey

    We sailed on the America in the fall of 1955, my father, Lt Cdr Wm B. Bagbey, USNR, having been posted to Bremerhaven, Germany. I remember being amazed that there were movie theatres and swimming poolson a ship ! We played games with other children. I think I turned 6 on the way over and there was a party for all children with October birthdays.

    Any ideas on how to find the sailing schedule for America for the fall of 1955?

    Thanks for creating this site.

    Francis Bagbey

  108. Ian Briggs

    I was lucky enough to be taken for a fortnights holiday age 8 or 9 with my brother who was 18 months older. We were with our nan grandad and uncle Alan.
    We set off from Southampton to Gibraltar, madeira, Lisbon and Puerto del garda, I think?
    I have the best memories.
    We were treated like royalty. We had a young religious father on our dinner table each night who took a shining to my nan which we always laughed about afterwards
    Our voyage through the bay of biscay was very rough and i remember my nan and grandad doing their nava hand l signs across the tennis table deck.
    The first officer used to stop me and my brother regularly and make us stand straight, shoulders back, funny!
    The monkeys at Gibraltar, the museum’s in Portugal, the poor children chasing the coach for shillings and diving into the marina to get the coins tourists threw in are a very vivid memory. Poverty was quite real back then.
    Anyone else remember? 1975 or 76 i think?

  109. Brian V. trimbach

    I was 9 years old, in 1962, when my family sailed from England on The United States. I have vived memories of that rough, albeit ellegant and fun, winter crossing. May she sail again or, at the very least, be refitted in her 1950s original style and become an elegant tourist attraction as the Queen Mary did. I nstill have some tickets, a toy model of her and other momentos from that voyage.

  110. Malcolm Dearden

    We arrived in Port Melbourne on the Australis in May 1974.Could anyone tell me the actual date in the month we docked .

  111. Olga Alexandra (then Kelly)

    I travelled on Australis in 1968 from Fiji first to Acapulco, Governor at Mexico City had been shot, then through Panama Canal to Kingston Jamaica where the police were on strike, then to an old enchanted Ponta Delgada in the Azores then finally to London. Would love to hear from anyone who made that trip as I am writing my story and remember little of that trip. Please help.

  112. Miranda Pet

    1971 I was 7 years old, travelling with my parents and sister from New Zealand to Holland to visit family. What an amazing trip we had, such an adventure. There were so many activities on board, Greek dancing, movies, cocktail parties for the adults, swimming pools, school for us kids, even church! I remember getting off in Mexico and mum buying us dolls. The food was different to what we were used to, but good.

  113. Clive Crowe

    I remember flying a BOAC Stratocruiser in 1955 from Toronto, Canada to London, UK with my mother as a very young boy. I remember sleeping in a bunk bed with curtains. The most exciting part of the plane to me was the lounge below which was accessed by a spiral staircase which I spent many hours in. It had round porthole style windows through which you could look down at the land, ocean or clouds which looked like cotton balls as we flew so high above. There were lots of snacks and the meals were delicious. The flight was long with a refueling stop in Gander, Newfoundland. We took a similar flight back to Montreal a year later. The memories of this magical plane have lasted a lifetime. It was a golden unhurried age of air travel.

  114. Susan Mullin

    My parents, younger sister and our cat sailed on the SS America early October 1953 from Bremerhaven to New York. My farher was in the Army, and given but 3 days notice to clear the house in Heidelberg, Mom wound up in the hospital with exhaustion.Missing the troopship , 3 weeks later we received tickets for the SS America.
    I remember bunk beds for us girls, fabulous dress-up dinners, running and playing all over the ship when our parents were seasick. No one noticed an eleven and 10-year old girl in the pool…during very rough travel. The pool water splashed out one side up to the ceiling. Then it would come back to the other wall in a wonderful, giant wave. Staff were very upset and chased us out when they heard us laughing and screamimg.
    Last night Gala dinner with our family at the Captain’s Table included me being asked to dance by a young American soldier. The band played several German tunes I knew including Auf Wedersehen. The next early morning most of the passengers were up to see the Statue of Liberty, a first just a dot that kept getting larger.
    So glad I found the website. Now 78 years old and on my birthday my sis commented about the “fun we had playing all over the wonderful ship America.”

  115. Patricia Gallo

    I was a passenger on the United States December 1952. We ran into a hurricane and were delayed a day. We had hit the dock in LaHarve and the
    bridge had been damaged. I cannot remember the name of the captain…nor much about the trip. Most everyone was sick except about 8 of us….this included fellow-passenger Jeffrey Hunter…movie star returning from making a film in Spain. Please tell me where I can read about this voyage. Thank you. Pat Gallo

  116. Larry Driscoll

    From page 268 of the BIG Ship by Frank Braynard, ” With the November 9 cruise canceled it became obvious that the October 25 th departure (1969) from Bremerhaven would be the ship’s last voyage.”

  117. Stephen Zubricki

    How do I get permission to use 2 photos I found on your web site of 1. A TWA Constellation in flight 2. Interior of airliner. The photos are for my legacy book.
    I flew out Chicago on one in 1960.

    How do I get in touch with Lawrence M. Driscoll for approval.

  118. Ron

    Info on the Last voyage from New York to Bremerhaven Germany in 1969

    My Mother, Sister and Brother were on the last voyage from New York to Bremerhaven Germany 5O years ago on the SS United States.

    My sister is going to have a day in Bremerhaven to celebrate the date when she left the SS United States ship to live in Germany.

    She is not sure of the exact when the ship docked in Bremerhaven in November.

    My sister thinks it was on the 6th of November 1969.

    Also is there a way to get the passenger list of the last voyage from New York to Bermerhaven.

    Or who I can contact to get that info??

  119. Tom Emard

    In 1959 my family sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New York city. My father was a Lieutenant Colonel and served as the Commanding officer a the postal operation in Bremerhaven. The day before we departed for new York we entered the ship via a big gangplank on the side of the ship. Our accommodations were first class and my two sisters and brother were all younger than ten years old. My smallest sister was only three years old. Our father told us that the trip would be something we would always remember. Even after all these years, I can still recall the formal dinning area and the glamor of balroom dancers.

  120. Deborah A Evans

    Jacquie hogwood do you remember the trip from Australia to Miami in June 1968? I was on that trip with my brother and parents. Our name is Perry. I was 6 and I remember some things about it.

  121. Deborah Evans, formally Perry

    Hello, I’m a part of the Perry family. We immigrated from shewsbury England to adilaide Australia in 1963. We then immigrated to the United States aboard this ship. My parents loved their voyage to Miami! I remember a fancy dress party with crape paper outfits that my mom made from sheets of paper they gave us. Somewhere I’ve seen a picture of me dressed up like a Spanish dancer and my brother in a paper suit with a hand painted mustache. I was only 6 but I remember that we had so much fun with the staff. I have the original ticket too for all four of us. Being an immigrant is something I’m very proud of and that ship was in our eyes a great vacation too! I think my mom has a picture of the captain with my dad. And yes she was pretty and my dad was a semi pro soccer player who was on TV in Australia. So maybe the gossip is real lol!

  122. mark kiermaier


    Does anyone remember a 5yr old little boy chasing a paper cup at the aft of the ship then falling from one deck to another landing on his face breaking his nose and loosing his front teeth (me) 1968-69 voyage to Australia.

    I did survive and would love to hear from anyone who witnessed my accident

  123. June Smith Paul

    I was a passenger on this beautiful ship which left Southampton, England in February, 1967. Two of the passengers were The Duke of

    Windsor and his wife. Unfortunately, it was a very rough crossing, so we spent most of our time in our room, unable to eat……a great

    majority of the crew were also ill.

  124. Margaret Dynes

    My teaching friend and colleague Liz were in a four berth cabin on the Australis one Christmas holiday cruise in the early sixties with two other females who we met in the cabin.The cruise went to Fiji, New Caledonia, sailed past Lord Howe Island to Sydney, then Melbourne and back across the Tasman to Auckland. It was a marvellous experience and Liz was wooed by a Greek waiter. The ship rocked and rolled on the return trip across the Tasman to Auckland that the chairs and tables rolled too. The music to Zorba the Greek was so loud and we were all dancing so enthusiastically it was only later we realized how rough the sea was. It was a magnificent experience which we thoroughly enjoyed and have very happy memories of. There was a Kookaburra Club of Aussies on board who welcomed us to their group too. The photos we took are still treasured memories.

  125. Darlene allen

    My uncle passed away 20 years ago. He had no children. Everything he had was passed to my mother who died at 97 three years ago. I just came across linen napkins, 3 beautiful luncheon menus and 3 red white and blue dinner menus (march 2, 3, and 4th) and 1 breakfast menu, Monday march 3 and 3 luncheon menus dated March 3, 4 and 5. I also have some of the linens napkins embossed USS. My uncle received a Purple Heart in WW II for significant injuries so I am wondering why the occasion for him to go back to return to the US via this ship. Can you shed any light? His name was Leo baggett.

  126. Ninos Athanasiadis

    I worked for one round trip with Australis in February 1974 back to Southampton in may 74. I had my lives experience and beautiful it was. I worked as an Chief Stewards assistant in the office by the entrance of main restaurant. I wish I could do that again.

  127. Jacquie hogwood

    I worked as a cashier 1968, I was just 21 it was an amazing experience, have lots of happy memories, I’ve revisited some of the places and I can’t believe how places like Sydney and Perth have changed.

  128. Diane

    Hi is there anyone that arrived in Sydney in December 1968 from europe. I think we may have arrived on boxing day.

  129. Jeff Aylott

    Sailed from Southampton to Auckland 1973 Jeffrey Aylott with parents Kath and roger Aylott
    Brother Steven and sister Gillian if you remember us drop us a line cheers

  130. John lucey

    My grandfather and my two aunts sailed on her to Ireland in 1953 or 1954.
    They gave me an ivory handled pocket knife with an image of her on one
    side and the words S.S. America on the other. They loved the voyage.
    Sad to see her torn apart and rusting away on some reef, she deserved

  131. Goldsmith

    Thank you for posting this article. My family sailed on the S.S.U.S. on it’s second trip from New York. I still have all of the menus, ship’s newspapers, and other items that were important to me as an eight year old. It was terribly exciting. Midway across we hit a storm and lost a stabilizer. My brother and I shared a cabin, in which he claimed the top bunk. After his enormous supper of prime rib and duckling a l’orange, he spent the entire night moaning and seasick. The things we remember!


    I sailed from Southampton February 1970 for NZ….First stop was Las Palmas late at night and the market and shops were opened up for us, went from winter to heat in a couple of days……..On to Cape Town then Australia……..Freemantle(Perth)…..Melbourne….Sydney…..Auckland……..,loved the ship and the trip…….if anybody wants to reminisce its “jetpropelling&hotmail.com” Cheers…

  133. Anne Hart

    I sailed on the S.S. America January of 1957 from Cobh Ireland. I would love a passenger list. I have tried many sites and cannot find a passenger list

  134. Barbara Cartwright

    I sailed on the America in 1953.My husband of 3 months wrote me a letter asking if I would like to join him in Linz Austria. He was in the army there ,stationed at Camp Macaulay.
    I got in touch with one of his classmates and the 2 of us went together. We were to spend Christmas with our soldier boys.
    However my husband had to have an emergency appendectomy.. He was in the hospital for a month and I was completely alone.
    He already had us a nice apartment but it was quite cold.I would so love to go back to this wonderful city of Linz with my wonderful husband . We spent many hours on the Danube.The friend who accompanied me to Austria`s husband died but we still stay in touch.
    We have kept our children entertained with our stories.
    Mrs. Leslie Dane Cartwright

  135. Laurie

    I heard that the SS America was used in a film called passage home in 1955 with peter finch the main actor, I can’t find any reference to this but believe it’s true , can you confirm? Thanks. Laurie

  136. Sjirk Bangma

    Does anyone have a travel schedule of the SS Australis 1968 journey which arrived in Sydney from Southampton in October 1968.

  137. Brian Rawding

    My Wife,2 daughters and I sailed from Southampton on 18 February 1970, Great voyage until we left Cape Town. Then it was rough all the way to Fremantle. From there another rough trip across the Bight to Melbourne. Then a flight to Tasmania where we still are. The best decision of our lives to emigrate. Maureen and I are now great grandparents. However the only cruises we have taken since are the overnight crossing between Devonport and Melbourne. Australis was great but the weather was awful.

  138. Earl R Harper

    I was one year old when my family was on the ship and came across a menu dated 1956. Would like to know if there is a manafest with Earl r Harper and Mildred in October 1955 &56

  139. Earl R Harper

    I was one year old when my family was on the ship and came across a menu dated 1956. Would like to know if there is a manafest with Earl r Harper and Mildred

  140. Michele Grainger

    I am researching my Fathers voyage from the Bahamas to England via New York on the SSAmerica arriving in Southampton on 10th January 1951, his name was Ronald Darnley Bartrop. Does anyone have any information or photos of this journey ?

  141. JUDY

    I sailed on the Australis in 1966 from Sydney to Naples with my husband at the time. We gave Ballroom & Latin American demonstrations and dancing lessons on the trip. From Sydney we went to NZ then back to Melbourne, across The Great Australian Bight which was an extremely rough trip, ropes were put up in the walk ways and there was no cutlery put on the tables in the dining room, nearly all the people who got on board in Melbourne were sea sick, the passengers who got on in Sydney or NZ had their sea legs by then and they survived the crossing a lot better, we were ok, everyone was happy when we got to WA. I am trying to remember all the Ports we stopped at if anyone can help that would be great, we did go up the Suez Canal to Egypt which was terrific as it was closed in 1967. We disembarked in Naples as we were going to Germany to dance in the Worlds Professional Ballroom & Latin American Dancing Championships held in Berlin, after that we flew to England where we stayed till October and then flew to Thailand and taught dancing for 2 weeks and judged their Championships then flew home to Sydney. Email any information you can tell me about Ports of Call or people who were on that trip. I think it was April/May 1966

  142. Alex bareiss

    Did the s.s. America sail in Sept. of 1962, my grandparents , Robert and Jeanette Olson,arrived in Southampton on 10th or 11th or 12th.My mother went into labor on the ship, I was born at St.Mary’s Hospital on the 12th. Captain gave my grandad 13 buttons from dress jackets of Ship Queen Mary’s captain to later give to me. Who was the captain .

  143. Alex bareiss

    Did the s.s. America sail in Sept. of 1962, my grandparents , Robert and Jeanette Olson,arrived in Southampton on 10th or 11th or 12th.My mother went into labor on the ship, I was born at St.Mary’s Hospital on the 12th. Captain gave my grandad 13 buttons from dress jackets of Ship Queen Mary’s captain to later give to me. Who was the captain .

  144. Larry Driscoll

    Hello Karen.
    They might have value to a collector in which case Ebay would be the best way to get a fix on value. To historians, without a doubt. I for one would be most interested. Can i see some samples ?

  145. Karen Lozowski Crisafulli

    I have scrapbook filled with photographs of famous people and dignitaries that sailed on the SS America. My Great Uncle James A. Rourke was a cook on board and collected actual photos he had taken.
    Do you know of these great photos have any value to historians or collectors?
    Thank you for your wonderful web site.
    Karen Lozowski Crisafulli

  146. Adriaan Marinus Daane

    We sailed from Auckland, New Zealand, to Rotterdam, Netherlands late 1973.
    Me, Jacqueline and 4 children had a wonderful trip to Fuji than Acapulco through the Panama Canal, Fort Lauderdale to our final destination, seeing the old landing place where I used to live in Rotterdam, “The Holland America Line”.

  147. Mark Dietz

    Sailed on the SS United States westbound in Dec. 1967 with my Mother. We were meeting my Dad who was just returning from a year in Vietnam. Very rough winter crossing but the Big U plowed through the ocean maintaining it’s service speed. What a thrill it was. I was usually somewhere on the deck during the day. Between the ship’s high speed and the prevailing winds, it was difficult to actually stand on the open deck without holding on for dear life! Incredible ship, impeccably maintained. Everything sparkled as if the ship was brand new!
    Then in 2009, I took my family on the QM 2 eastbound. Although a different experience in many ways, there were a lot of similarities. In those days the QM 2 crossed in 6 days instead of it’s current 7, so you could really appreciate the speed. The daily shipboard routine was also similar. However, there was much more to do on the QM2 in terms of organized activities than on the Big U. My boys did exactly what I did as a boy, constantly exploring the ship, being on deck and watching the distinctive propwash that can only come from quadruple screw propulsion.
    I found that the QM2’s design to be an excellent compromise. One which provides an excellent opportunity to experience an authentic crossing but also catering to modern requirements and commercial success. It’s great to know that Cunard still provides that service.
    Great website, Thanks.

  148. Silvio

    Thanks for the information Joanna ,sorry I just sow your message here, I dind’t think anyone will replay me, how you know the Australis ? passenger , crew or friends ? and where you live now ? thanks



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  150. Liam Baird

    I sailed on Australis out of Southampton in May 1973 to Freemantle had a great time.

    I would love to get passenger list for that trip

  151. Clare Lyon

    We came on the Australis in 1967. I was 14. It was awful. They had just changed the flag to Greek, press – ganged new crew, who had never been on board before and did not know how to act appropriately. The old crew had thrown a lot of stuff overboard when they got the sack. For the whole trip never saw an eggcup and spoons were in short supply. The engine room crew was still Italian and very upset with the Greek crew, they regularly turned the hot water off.
    When we stopped in Greece they took to many people aboard. Many slept in the foyers on mattresses, making it difficult to get around at night. I do not know what would have happened if we had to abandon ship!
    More of the crew got seasick than the passengers, being new to the sea. We made some good friends and got safely to Melbourne. it is not a trip I ever wish to repeat,

  152. Carol

    I was so pleased to discover information on the Stratocruiser, to finally know I wasn’t imagining that I had flown to New York in 1957, sleeping in a proper berth. I felt sure I had, but no one seemed to know what I was talking about. I think I’ve been very lucky to have flown on both the BOAC Stratocruise and later on Concorde. Both wonderful experiences.

    Indeed aged 19 and very naive I applied to BOAC for a job as an air hostess. In those days correct appearance weight, height and figure measurements were essential. I frantically dieted, but all to no avail. The interview was daunting and my final faux pas was in answer to ‘of which country was Tokyo the capital’ – China – I don’t think so!!

  153. Toni

    I remember flying from Barbados to NY, then onto London on a Stratocruiser, I was put to bed and my parents went to the bar, what plane would that have been.

  154. Sigrun U. Norton

    Very sad that there was no response to my search for anyone on the Christmas journey 1955,
    Bremerhaven to New York on the S.S. AMERCA

    It was memorable, Salvatore Dali
    was on the ship as well as some Hollywood
    celebrities. Remember one Steward, John Grey.(or Gray) . There were many pictures taken of me by a newspaper. Wonder what happened to them. “ Sic Transit Gloria Mundi “

  155. Ingrid Friedman

    I sailed on the this beautiful ship from Bremerhaven to New York, leaving my home for new adventures in a foreign country. My father- in-law met me in Manhattan upon arrival. That was the end of April, 1968.

  156. Wally Quintrell

    I have deck plans and other passenger info from mid 60s. Was supposed to return to conus from Germany in 1966, but had to cancel. Any interest from anyone?

  157. Jennifer

    My family and I left Sydney 3rd Jan 1973 bound for Southhampton (and a year of travelling around Europe). Majority of crew on the ship were Greek and on return to England, were to report for National Service (for Greece). The ship was running behind schedule so our anticipated stop at Acapulco was abandoned and apparently this port of call was where the crew were all going to ‘jump’ ship!! The crews plans were shattered so they ‘jumped ship’ at next port, Florida, Miami. Most were caught and sent to the brig of the ship. Consequently, the rest of our trip was a nightmare as there was minimal staff! The journey was supposed to be 4 weeks but ended up being 5 weeks. At one stage, when we didn’t stop at Acapulco, we were 21 days straight at sea. We cashed in our return tickets for the ship back to Australia and flew home 12 months later!

  158. Hope Glidden

    I am trying to locate any photo there may exist of my Great Uncle George MORROW He had been a Magician who entertained on a cruise on Your Ship…… Thank You Hope Morrow Glidden

  159. Kathy Coulter

    I have a lovely woven grass bag with a luggage tag from what I’m pretty sure is this ship. My grandmother’s friend was a passenger. I took it from my grandmothers house after she passed away.
    The sailing date is June 26 from Southhampton to New York. They were Mr. And Mrs. Philip Wolfe from Vancouver BC, Canada. Their first class stateroom was M 18.
    I have a couple of photos I could send you.

  160. Janine Buckman

    I am over the moon to find this site. I sailed from Sydney to South Hampton late 1973. My round the world adventure and it couldn’t have started better than the trip on the Australis.
    I remember the Boo and Hiss shows on the open deck. Does anyone else remember them.
    She was old but delightful and fun. And the late night dancing with the crew on their deck at the back of the ship.

  161. Maurice Castagnet

    Today marks 50 years that the Australis delivered me safely at Circular Quay in 1968 from Mauritius after 14 days at sea. I was 13 years old.
    Yes it was a magical journey, an adventure never to be forgotten.

  162. susie potter

    I was a very fortunate 8 year old to be able to cross the Atlantic on the United States in 1968 with my family.
    I still remember that gorgeous amazing ship.
    We have a place in Maine, and I was reading the Bridgton Maine obituary today, and sadly the last captain John S. Tucker has passed.
    He was the captain on our crossing. I have the obituary if you would care for it.

  163. Dagmar Baumgarth

    Mein verstorbener Ehemann, Heinz, lebte in Melbourne bis 1970
    Er hat auf diesem tollen Schiff gearbeitet, wenn sie eine Reparatur im Dock hatte. Im Toner, November 1970 wollte er mit ihr nach Deutschland fahren
    Leider kam es zu dem Feuer vor Fidji
    Die Australis könnte zwar aus eigener Kraft bis nach Suwa, aber er und seine damalige Familie sind dann nach Deutschland geflogen

  164. James B. Jarratt

    There is no contest, in my opinion, as to which of these ships has the best looks. However, I do think the Queen Mary 2 is the most appealing of modern passenger ships. In general, I detest the top heavy apartment block design which is so common now.

  165. Julie Tideman

    I was on the Northbound trip from Auckland to Southampton in 1977. I still have all my souvenirs from the trip, menus, plans of the boat, the certificate for ‘crossing the line’, cocktail party stuff, bar menu etc etc. Definitely a party ship. Although i was on a Youth fare I managed to get a four berth cabin on A deck. Interestingly all the girls were travelling by themselves but nearly all the boys were in groups! Stop overs were in Tahiti, Panama (into Panama City), Puerto Rico, Curacao and Vigo in Spain.

  166. Scott Hanley

    Mum, Dad, my elder brothers and myself, travelled from Melbourne to Southampton in August 1977.

    I was 8 years old and it was a big adventure to me. I learned to swim in the small/kid’s pool, learned to play chess in the kid’s club, saw whales and lots of flying fish, being pulled through the Panama Canal, discovering spaghetti, getting chronic sea sickness, oh and having Wednesday twice in a row when we crossed the equator in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. I also remember one evening in the dining room while waiting for our meal, when the they turned all the lights out and then the next minute, all the waiters came in holding flaming cakes above their heads! I also remember playing cars with a friend I’d made on the ship when suddenly all the sirens started sounding. Everyone made their way up to the decks and I was scared and looking for my Mum and Dad, whom I eventually found. A member of staff had found me a life jacket too.

    My parents are long gone and never learned of the ship’s fate before passing. I can’t quite understand why, but I felt a tremendous sadness when I found out where the Australis ended her days. The last picture I saw online from 2018 shows only a small chunk of metal left visible.

    Wonderful memories that have helped me also remember my parents in those exciting adventurous times.

  167. James Jarratt

    I’m sad to learn of the death of Captain John Tucker. Also, Nick Landiak last December. We’ve all got to go one day, but it is shame non the less. Inevitably, the men and women fortunate enough to have worked or travelled as passengers on the UNITED STATES, are getting fewer with the passage of time. Hence the importance of recording their memories in articles such as the excellent one posted above by Larry. Thank you so much for that, Larry.

  168. RB

    My mother past away a couple years ago and as I went through her old things, came upon an elegant photo of her with her husband at the time, in the first class dining room aboard the S.S. United States in 1957. On the back of the photo was a note in her hand, “New York to Le Havre Same ship with Walt Disney” This was one of her stories she loved to share that they dined every night at a table next to
    Walt Disney! Apparently, the seating was based alphabetically and my mother’s last name started with Di.

    My mother was Japanese and was married to an officer in the US army; therefore got to travel 1st class all over the world. It was a glamorous time. I have photos of her in beautiful cocktail dresses as well as formal kimonos (such as in this photo) I wish I had learned more detail about this experience while I had the chance.

    I stumbled upon this website in my research on the great ocean liner. So sad to see the state she is in today after all that glory.

  169. Marianne Brune Gross

    My parents, my sister and I arrived in New York harbor on March 15, 1956 during a north- easter in the atlantic. I was a very sea sick 9 year old. We spent one day in the playroom where we had our picture taken. other than that I did not see much of the ship.

  170. Guenther Englisch

    I immigrated from Germany with my parents in December, 1958. I was 10 years old at the time and also, will never forget entering new York harbor. I only wish that it would be possible to visit the ship in Philadelphia..

  171. Robert Schnick

    Ich bin im August 1950 von Berlin-Tempelhof nach Frankfurt/Main mit einer PAA Boeing Stratocruiser eflogen. Damals illegal, da ich im Osten zu Hause war. Der Flug war ruhig bei schönsten Wetter – unvergessen

  172. Gene R Currie

    I have a photo of my father Max R Currie and what appears to be rest of the crew that worked on a constellation. The plane has a clear nose and I assume it was the first or one of the first aircraft built. There is a P-38 in the background with the tail number of 3235. Can anyone tell me anything more about the photo>

  173. Larry Driscoll

    To the right person, who sailed on that voyage yes, otherwise marginal value… By the way Please check for the name Driscoll.. I sailed on it in 1957. was this the voyage ?

  174. Paul

    The Australis was a magical ship. She was comfortable, safe and beautiful. There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t think of her. Southampton to Melbourne in 1967. I was aged 8.

  175. Kimberly kellum

    I have a original “”SS UNITED STATES “” first class passenger list from 1957 ! Can you tell me if.there is any value for this ! Perfect condition@ TY

  176. Neville Fenn

    For those that wish to communicate with others that may have been on your voyage, there is a FB Group “SS Australis Photos n Stories & Chandris Lines”.

  177. TIM ROCHE

    My first adventure on SS Australis was July 1975 Sydney to Southampton via Panama canal . I was taking my girlfriend to see the sights of Britain which we did by buying a Bedford camper in London for 600 pounds and went off exploring. Stonehenge was dramatic and King Arthurs castle at Tintagel memorable. On the ship we had 2×2 berth cabins on upper deck aft ( 306 and 308 ) that looked out onto the deck, very impressive !! On my second voyage on Australis I had cabin 1139 on C Deck for a 19 day South Pacific cruise in Jan 1977 and amazingly the friendly crew remembered me from 1975 so I was over the moon !! Another great adventure it was and I will never forget the ship ever !!

  178. Neville Fenn

    For those who have commented recently. There is a Facebook Group called “SS Australis Photos n Stories & Chandris Lines” with many members who have travelled on the various Chandris ships either south or north that you can join and maybe catch up with fellow passengers.

  179. Lynne dubbs

    I sailed on the ssAmerica in July of 1962 having met a Bavarian schulplattler who came to Holiwood Florida to spend the winter months making a little money and entertaining the winter tourists at the Old Heidelberg restaurant in Holiwood Fl. I was a first year student at the University of Miami and had just lost my Mother. My roommates mother knew this Bavarian schulplattler and so came the introduction . It was all secret as his contract stayed “no American girls” haha He left to go home in the. Spring and I traveled to New York by train and boarded the SSAmerica in July sailing on this beautiful ship in Julys calm waters and exited the ship in Bremerhaven taking the train to Munic and we were married in November in Bavaria had two sons and today we have 7 great grandchildren all born in America . I think I have a menu from this beautiful ship This journey on this ship unfolded my beautiful life.

  180. Cindy Thurston

    I was on the last sailing of the SSUnitedStates from Hamburg to Southhampton to New York, November 1969. I’d like to hear more about that sailing. I remember there was a horrible storm as we entered the east coast, water pouring in the portholes of our cabin class room. People were sick most of the trip, my husband, Mike, included.

  181. Sigrun Gröger Norton

    Travelled S.S. America over Christmas ? 1955 from Germany ?? to the US .
    Salvatore Dali was on that Ship, and possibly Ginger Rogers.
    I was interviewed sitting on the couch with
    the artist.
    Upon arrival , there were photographs taken by a New York newspaper. I never saw these
    Pictures. Is there anyone who may have
    been on the “America” at that time and remembers?

  182. Twila Batie

    I can’t remember the year because I was young, but I do have some memories of when my family and I went to Germany on the SS America. It was between 1968 and 1972.

  183. Erik Teune

    I came to Perth on the Australis in March, 1970. The ship must have left Rotterdam in late February. I remember there was a 5 day delay. The ship stopped in Southampton and Cape Town (which I visited again last year). But what was the other place? Was it the Canary Islands. If you know can you please confirm this in a post or in an email to erik.teune@bigpond.com. Much appreciated

  184. Jo

    We on same voyage as Ita Tippett, a family with four daughters from Holland immigrating to New Zealand. I wish I could remember this family but so long ago. We spoke no English or Greek, communicating was hard. But oh, the adventure.I remember funny details, crossing the equator, going to “school”, some rough nights, the swimming pool, putting on our own little shows much to the amusement of the Greek crew. I celebrated my 10th birthday onboard, I got a cake st dinner time and a waiter wanted to kiss me, I was mortified!

  185. Olwyn Trimble

    I worked on the Australis leaving Southampton in May 1977 and bringing aome of the £10 poms to Australia. It was definitely a party boat in those days there was a party somewhere every hour of every day. Most people called me Olly in those dsys and I boarded with Sue Cannons. We still keep in touch as I now live in Perth and Sue is from Adelaide and we would like to hear from anyone who was on the ship with us.

  186. William Grieb

    To Gilian regarding the cost of traveling from Southhampton to New York on the SS America in 1958.
    I traveled tourist class from Bremerhaven via Southampton to New York on the same ship and date as a 17-year-old immigrant and paid $500.00. A lot of money in those days for me.
    Hope this helps.
    Regard WG.

  187. Andre

    I sailed on the Auraliss 1974 out of Fremantle Perth Western Australia I was young It was bes time of my life Melbourne Sydney Auckland Suva Fiji Panama canal Acapulco Miami I’ve always wanted to meet up with some one on that voyage may be Freinds I met

  188. lloyd w stephenson

    i returned hme on this ship innov. 1962 iwas an american airman with wife a d two children
    crossing was a little rough oldest child 3 years got a little seasick 7 day crossing from cohb ireland

  189. Sally

    My parents were both in the travel industry in 1972, and were invited to a dinner dance and to stay overnight on the SS Australis when it was in Southampton docks. The ouzo must have been very plentiful as nine months later I was born- probably amongst a select crew of people who were conceived aboard the ship!

  190. Ita Tippett

    My Father Mother and seven kids come out to Australia on the SS Australis in 1970 from Ireland Left Southampton on the 19th September and arrived on the 17th of October, we had a great time. The crew were so friendly and the food amazing. We only had one or two rough nights, but the rest was great.My FATHER and I used to dance for hours in the ballroom, he loved dancing.My poor mum spent most of the time in her cabin, but she did come up occassionally on deck, she was missing her sons and daughter, and their families left behind in Ireland. We met a nice big Irish guy i think his name was Derek and he would sing Danny Boy for her and he really made her happy. ..

  191. lewis linn

    TWA night flight O’Hare to Port Columbus, mid to late 1962. this connie may have been lightly loaded, not many other passengers. short takeoff roll, climbing out at a steep angle that i had never experienced before. i am sitting just behind the left wing in the window seat. a few feet away, long translucent blue streamers of flame spout from cherry red exhaust stacks. climbing out, we begin a slow turn to the right, i crane my neck and see the millions of lights below. then, as we settle onto our easterly course the wing comes down to level and a huge black void appears to the north. this, i slowly realize must be lake michigan. i have flown in many airliners both piston and jet but this was by far the absolute best takeoff ever.

  192. Albert Hemming

    I sailed on the SS America in October 1961 from Bremerhaven to New York.
    what a wonderful time I had .this I will never forget.

  193. Silvio Bianco

    I was a crew member on this ship S/S AUSTRALIS in 1967 1968 made 9 trip around the world ,I was from Italy but now living in USA for 45 years,
    I just wonder if any crew member of that era is reading this note ,will love to get in touch with them, I did work on the crew restaurant and also as LIFT BOY ( elevator )
    thank you

  194. Beverley Haston Hanes

    Thank you, this beautiful letter I relived the gale again which was a fearful time on the SS United States on a Christmas sail to Germany 1956 what a party the fun was everywhere. Many happy memories. Wish I had kept in touch with all the friend I made. I thank you for writing about your trip. making it interesting for all of us that had similar the experience on these sister ships.

    Beverley Haston Hanes, Stillwater, OK 74075 the Christmas Sailing 1956 watch for my book later this year. bhanes

  195. William T. Kirk, Jr. (Bill)

    My mom (Dovie E. Kirk), my three sisters (Diane, Debi and Wanda) and I sailed on the SS America in May 1963, via Cobb, South Hampton and Le Havre to Bremerhaven. I was 16 and my sisters were 12, 8 and 5. We left Savannah, Georgia by train to New York were we boarded the ship. Dad had already gone ahead to Ramstein AB, Germany where he was stationed with 17th Air Force.

    Our trip over was uneventful with the exception of the third day out when there were somewhat rough seas–actually more rolling than rough. We were sent to a theatre on board the ship, where it was cool and dark. I (and my stomach) could still feel the long slow rolls of the ship but it didn’t last long.

    A few snippets I recall from the crossing: We dressed “formally” for meals–coat and tie for me and dresses for mom and sisters. Meals were sumptuous, served in courses by waiters dressed in white and black. One evening we sat at the Captain’s table which seemed both formal and “official”, yet very comfortable. It was by far the most regal and opulent setting I had ever seen or experienced.

    When we heard some scuttlebutt on board about the ship being sold soon, we could hardly believe it. The long time flagship of the United States that had rendered yeoman’s service during WWII and had carried thousands of service members back and forth across the Atlantic, not to mention the thousands of civilians, would soon be sold as any ordinary ship. The injustice was both saddening and maddening.

    Our day to day life (during the 5-1/2 days of our crossing involved games and movies and meals and hanging out. Snacks were readily available during the day and were sometimes specifically announced. Hunger was not in our shipboard lexicon. One day, out on deck, there was a ping pong tournament among all the kids on board which somewhat surprisingly I won. The most lasting impression was how we were able to play ping pong without the ball going into the drink, although we were reminded if the ball went overboard that would be the end of the tournament.

    There was quite a group of kids; three or four dozen all together. About a dozen or so were around my age and we became fast friends in the confines of the ship. Our gang kind of roamed the decks, staying clear of staff and crew and looking with some wonder through the secured gates of the first class spaces. Most of those we hung out with were berthed on B and C decks. One kid in particular was in cabin C-66, which of course got a chuckle almost every time someone said it–especially the day the ship was rolling through deep swells.

    We didn’t dock at Cobb. Instead, the America anchored a few miles off shore and several small boats came out bringing various Irish wares for duty free sales. The ship did, however, dock at South Hampton which interestingly was the launch point where dad’s ship had departed en route to Normandy several days after June 6, 1944. We also docked in Le Havre briefly before pressing on to Bremerhaven. From there we took a train through Frankfurt to Kaiserslautern where dad met us.

    Sixteen years earlier on Christmas Eve, my mom had left her family home in Tampa, Florida alone and pregnant with me. The overnight train took her to New York where she boarded a military transport ship which wasn’t quite as plush as the SS America. She crossed the Atlantic pregnant with me, en route to Germany where dad met her in Bremerhaven and I was born three months later.

    Fond memories of America’s luxury liner at a time that was nearing the end of the era of sailing ship crossings. By the time of our return to the U.S. in 1966, the SS America’s reign was done and Atlantic transits were made almost exclusively by air passenger service. The end of an era.

  196. Maggie MacGregor

    I sailed on the maiden voyage of the Australis from Southampton, UK, to Wellington, NZ. We hit a cyclone as we left Perth. As I was only 7 years old, I remember the fun! The Captain said it was the roughest crossing of the Bight he’d ever been through!

  197. Larry Driscoll

    You are correct the Breguet 763 Provence made its first flight 2/15/49 and was introduced 3/10/53. I have removed language that the Strato was the only double decker. Thanks

  198. Marguerita (Hes) Ryan

    In 1953 I was born in Bogor Indonesia, we moved to Holland when I was about six months old. Our family of seven took the ocean liner Johan Van Oldenarnevelt to the Netherlands, through the Suez Canal, what a wonderful site that must have been…to bad I was just a baby!

    In April of 1960 my parents decided to take that long journey to the United States! We drove in a van to LaHarve, France, for being so young it was an exciting journey for me, not realizing the journey had just begun. This whole experience was and still is one of my most treasured memories! The movie theatre, elevators, the deck, dining room, all that wonderful mid-century modern furniture, that was just the most exciting adventure any small child could ever have. I can still hear and see the men walking around ringing the dinner bells…ding…ding…ding..

    I’ve become obsessed with my love and affection I have for the Big U, I’ve been buying lots of wonderful items to remember her by.

    I saw her a few years ago with my husband daughter and grandchildren in Philadelphia, I cried, just the saddest thing ever to see, she was so beautiful and so sad now.

    I do hope she will be repaired and will be enjoyed for many more years to come, even if she stays docked…if so I will definitely make my way back to Philadelphia and visit her one more time. Plus I will return all the little treasures I’ve collected back to the Big U.

  199. Elaine

    I went to melbourne in 1972 on board australis and returned in 74 or 75 cant rem ex date both ways on australis. They had fantastic shows on board. I remember coming back to southhampton and we were caught in the end of a hurricane. 4 days of rocking and rolling in the Atlantic. We met a couple called olga and dave and their son Karl and daugther julie. Often wonder what happened to them. It was an experience of a lifetime.

  200. Carmelita Cardosa

    I am searching for my Birth Certificate. I was born on a ship Sailing from the UK in 1957, My mother boarded the boat pregnant with me and she also had my sister with her who was about 3 years old. I was born on January 20, 1958. She sailed without my father who was in the United State waiting for her. I was born in American Waters and Have never had a copy of my birth certificate. I have tried and tried but cannot find any record of my birth. I was told she was in Buffalo New York, but they have no record either. If anyone has any tips or information on how I can get any records of my birth please reply. I need my birth certificate for my pass port. Thank you

  201. Diane

    We emigrated to Australua in 1972. Left Southampton on April 10 and arrived in Melbourne mid May. Our first day out was really rough and nearly everyone was seasick except for us kids. We explored the boat from top to bottom. I was the eldest of 4 kids and our family of 6 was crammed into a tiny cabin below the water line with a leaky porthole. I don’t have happy romantic memories of this time.

  202. Roy Ebrey

    Hi Wendy
    I also came to Australia with my parents and 2 siblings on the Australis in 1973. We left from Southampton, UK on 6th February 1973 and disembarked at Melbourne but I can’t remember the exact date. I think the voyage took around 5 weeks.

  203. Renate E. Schluter-Putz

    I sailed on the SS America in the winter of 1952 cross-Atlantic as a child with my parents. I have pictures of the Kindergarten that was held for us while our parents were terribly seasick in their cabin.
    A wonderful ship….

  204. Henry

    Hi Larry

    Absolutely love your website. I also recently bought your book on the SS America and I found it very informative and contained many images of the ship that I’d never even seen before. I noticed that Rafael Pastor Bedoya’s photos of the wreck site are no longer on the site in their entirety and I was wondering if you could send me the images he took via email. I am currently studying a degree in Maritime Science at the University of Plymouth and I am trying to create a 3d model of the wreck site for a project that looks into the deterioration of shipwrecks and the factors that influence their decay over time and I thought the SS American Star would a good choice for it. I understand Rafael took some fantastic photos of the wreck site and these would be of great use to me and would be much appreciated. And if you happen to have any other photos from other photographers of the wreck in 1994 or 95 would also be of great use to me.

    Kind Regards


  205. Larry Driscoll

    In reply to your post on the SS United States. I would contact the SS United States Conservancy. They are collecting artifacts from the ship

  206. Ian Sanderson

    I came on the America 8 Sept 1964 Southampton to New York 87 pounds 5 shillings tourist
    Further information on the Atlantic ship crossing:

    Sept 9 Wind force 6 Rough

    Sept 10 Wind force 7 Very Rough

    Sept 11 Wind force 7 Very Rough

    Sept 12 Wind force 5 Moderate

    Sept 13 Wind force 8 Very Rough

    Hurricane Dora got us a bit as you can see!

    The food was generally very good although I found there was rather a lot to eat at times.I had three room mates;two Irishmen and a Persian with whom I played table tennis.The swimming pool was small and generally empty [too rough?].I met various Americans some of whom seemed to be a missions to convert people.
    Incidently, on board ship, I sat with five other ladies on my table. The oldest was 80 years and this remarkable lady had undertaken a vast European tour with her niece for six weeks.She had also motored 400 miles to Florida in recent years.She also beat me at scrabble-a tough cookie

    There were not many forms of entertainment on the ship.It was the last voyage of the SS America-it was sold to a Greek shipping line

  207. Robert Travers

    My late wife sailed to England in 1961 on the SS United States to meet her then 1st husband who was in the US Air Force. she was 17 and said she stayed mostly under deck in cheap steerage. I have 3 whiskey shot glasses as souvenirs marked “United States Lines” that I want to send to some place for such items. Can you offer a place I can send them..??

  208. Larry Driscoll

    I referenced back to the book I wrote on the America. On Feb 28, 1946, the ship left the Portsmouth Navy Yard for the Newportnews Shipping and Dry Dock Co for reconversion to an ocean liner.On November 10, 1946, she sailed into New York Harbor to take on passengers for the first Atlantic crossing.

  209. Diane Moody

    In doing research for a novel, I’m trying to locate a schedule of travel dates for the America during May of 1946. Was she still transporting troops back to the states? Or perhaps war brides? From what I’ve read on your site so far, am I correct that she didn’t serve as a passenger ship again until November of 1946?

    Thanks for any help you can give me!

  210. Wendy

    I came to Australia in 1973 and would like pics of anyone travelling when I did on the Australia…….

  211. ann kirkland bullen

    I just came across this website and I cannot tell you what incredible memories it brought back. I was 18 and sailed in September of 1951 from New York to LeHavre. I grew up in Elizabeth New Jersey and my father had just died a year before. My Mother who had French ancestery had relatives in Paris, and thought that sending me abroad would be a great adventure. She has family there. The experience on the ship was memorable. I shared a four person cabin with an English woman returning to England, a young bride, just married (who cried throughout the trip)and a young Frenchwoman. That experience stays with me today. I am now 85 and try to recount that trip to them, so soon after the war. I lived in Paris and lived in a convent. thanks for bringing back these memories of an incredible time…ann bullen

  212. gilian

    Would love to know cost of southampton to new york in 1958 as i travelled as a young child on ss united states a ss america can any one help please

  213. Dan Strohl

    I was only 8 years old when I sailed from NY to Le Havre in October 1954 on the SS United States. Even as a youngster I proudly knew that she symbolized the might of American technology.

    Having sailed the previous year at age 7 from Le Havre to NY on the French Line’s Ile de France, I also recognized the contrast between the older ship’s subdued elegance and the modern power of our flagship.

    I have a beautiful portrait of the Ile de France framed in delicate, fine wood. I also have a portrait of the SS United States, aptly framed in steel and glass. (I well remember that she was constructed with virtually no combustible materials.)

    I also have an 8mm home movie taken by my father from the deck of the Ile de France as it and the SS United States met one another in the mid-Atlantic. They greeted one another with blasts of their horns, and I recall wishing that I someday would sail on the SS United States. I did exactly that 14 months later.

    When the filming of “The Last Voyage” in 1960 ended with the destruction of the Ile de France, I felt a terrible sadness. I would hate to see the SS United States end in such an undignified way.

    These events have instilled in me a romantic attachment to both of these ships. They were a significant part of the best memories of my youth. Now 70, I still enjoy travel by ship. Today’s cruises, however, don’t compare to the sense of adventure experienced years ago.

  214. Gillian poole

    I travelled on ss united states in 1958 as a child would love to know price from southamton to new york

  215. Kelly Nigro

    My mother and her sister immigrated to the United States on the S.S. America.
    From Le Havre, France 26th Oct, 1950
    Arriving at port of New York 1st Nov, 1950
    They were originally from Switzerland.

  216. Eleanor woodward (nee Phelps)

    Thank you so much for this website. It really is fantastic. I am on the Rhein Main websites too.

  217. Eleanor woodward (nee Phelps)

    Hi, me again! Extra details. I have the menu for the Gala Dinner, the musical Director was Richard Kraetke, and there were food restrictions, as per the President’s request.. The dates were Sunday and Monday March 28th, 1948.

  218. Eleanor woodward (nee Phelps)

    Hi, I was sorting through some old family papers and found two menus from the ssAmerica” for the dates March 28th and 29th. My family sailed on this ship in March 1948 from New York to Europe, and then on to Frankfurt, the Rhein Main airforce base, where my father was working on the Berlin Airlift until 1953. His name was Fayette Parkes Phelps. I was only two years old. I would love to see a passenger list or chat with anyone from that time. Commodore Harry Manning, Captain E.J. Bramley, or Bromley.

  219. Oliva Melendez

    My father Pedro Melendez – Merchant Marine sailed on this ship August/1950 NYC to LeHavre, France. How can I get a copy of the ships registry. I’m looking for my father.

  220. Larry Driscoll


    I made the same voyage on the America in 1950 in the opposite direction, New York to Le Havre to move to France.Experienced the same emotions and fears, but oh what a voyage on that beautiful ship, loved every minute of it. I finally did return home in 1957 more French than American… which required another round of adjustments.

  221. ralda gerrits-singer

    I was on that ship in 1960 as a 12 year old girl. My parents decided to emigrate to the US and we left the LaHavre seaport in France. It was a bit traumatic in many ways as I was happily established in a small village in north Holland after having lived in Djakarta Indonesia my entire life. So here we were on our way to what I perceived to be a faraway scary place with such an uncertain future. Yikes!!!! Well, here I am almost 60 years later and still remembering all those times. Seeing the New York skyline and the statue of Liberty in the distance on a foggy morning in October was a sight I will never forget. Ended up in Los Angeles and now a resident in Orange County.

  222. Lisa Pola

    I travelled to UK from Melbourne, Australia on 12 August 1977. Next stop Sydney then Auckland where we discovered that the King Elvis Presley was dead.

    I remember spending good times with friends in Panama city and exploring Miami and Rotterdam. Would be great to hear from others who were travelling across on a youth fare. We were two strangers and two friends sharing a cabin on the bottom of the ship next to the bakery.

    Happy Times


  223. Mary Sanichas

    In 1963 my family moved from France to New York on the SS America (7 days). We crossed with my sister’s parakeet and our Standard poodle, who was required to wear a muzzle when we boarded. He stayed in a separate area on another deck, but my father was able to visit him. I was 8 or 9 years old. Rough seas for the first few days but we didn’t mind. My father said we were the only ones in the dining room the first few nights. My sister and I ran wild up and down the decks, even 1st class, where we weren’t allowed. I especially enjoyed drinking consommé on the deck, though weather dreary. I vaguely remember shuffleboard (boring). For the swimming pool I was issued a useless little life vest. At the first slow roll of the ship I found myself standing underwater in the shallow end. Someone wondered why a child was underwater and pulled me out by the hair. I remember a small, low-ceilinged cabin with a porthole, looked institutional like a hospital room. The ocean went on forever, but we churned slowly along.

  224. Floyd M. Martin,Jr.

    Who was the first(Capitan of the U S S United States ocean liner on her Maiden Voyage? Thanks you so very much.

  225. LTC Charles Elam


    A disgrace to a great a Great American Ocean Liner.. She outclasses our current glitter cruise ships, I am appalled by the owners and would-be investors, I sailed on the SS America in 1957 as a child and she was magnificent. Does this mean that Italy, Turkey are going to build and own cruise ships?

  226. Fee jobson

    Hi , I’m adopted I’m 45 I live in Melbourne Australia , apparently my biological birth mother when she came over on the Australis in the early 1970 or so from Southhampton had a bit of a shipboard romance with a crew member ( but DOSENT remember his name ? ) she was about 26 and Irish and her name was emmerenchia ( Emmer ) HE WAS GREEK , AND IM DESPERATELY TRYING TO TRACK HIM DOWN , I KNOW THIS IS LIKE FINDING A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK , BUT I SOOOOOO MUCH WANT TO KNOW HIM , AND MY HERITAGE , if IT MIGHT BE YOU CONTACT ME ON feedowns@gmail.com. Or. Mobile
    0431446702 level a message THANKYOU , I know so many of the crew would of had shipboard romances with lovely ladies BUT I GOTTA TRY , it’s BEEN EATING ME UP INSIDE MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE , YOU WOULNDT IF KNOW I EXIST , BUT I GOTTA TRY XXXXX. KINDEST REGARDS ALWAYS FEE XXX ??????????????????

  227. Robert

    My experience with U.S. Lines is memorable; I was assistant inbound freight manager, customs agent, and stevedore billing statistition, from 1954 through 1957. I met all the 52 captains of freighters to enter and clear the ship for coast wise and foreign ports in both the atlantic and pacific routes. Fascinating work, that. Robertc W. Foy

  228. john perry

    I have a champagne glass so i was told it was from the Median voyage. Had 2. if there are it can come home

  229. Victoria Fletcher

    My Father was a pursur on this ship. Anyone remember him? Michael Fletcher. If you have any memory of him.

  230. Anne Gallagher Isakson

    I came to America in May 1950 on the s.s.america from Ireland I was only 16 so here I am today 66 yrs. later & remember the whole journey well, never sick, had a great time even
    though I was the youngest person unaccompanied by a parent, My Uncle met me at the
    dock in NY don’t remember the pier # would like to find out if I could.

  231. Larry Driscoll

    Remind me of those trans Atlantic flights. We also had the upfront compartment with seats that turned into beds. Sleep was also elusive as the engines were not far away. It got better once we lost an engine, but the price we paid was an unexpected layover in Newfoundland.

  232. Geoffrey Cummins

    As a boy i flew the BOAC Strat from London to Lagos and home one school holiday. I flew up front, i remember. It was so noisy and the vibration so bad, that to sleep, the best result was by resting your pillow on the window glass. It had a good range and only stopped at Rome and Kano, I think.

  233. James Jarratt

    Thank you so much for the Steamboat Bill article about Captain John S. Tucker; it is such an interesting read. It prompted me to look again at the superb John Olson / Life photos, including some of Captain Tucker:


    Two more questions, if I may:
    Is Engineer John Logue still living?
    Larry, have you ever met SS UNITED STATES executive Chief Engineer Nicholas Landiak, who is, thankfully, still with us?

    Thanks again.

  234. Larry Driscoll

    Hello Eric.
    Thanks for the update. We should share pictures. The ones I have he gave me for the article in Powerships. On the road now but when I get home will get them out and post.

  235. Eric

    I keep in touch with John. His health is starting to decline which is very unfortunate. I know he’ll be with his wife, Penny sooner than I’d like to think. I don’t have a picture of him but I will try to get one soon. If possible I’ll get one of him with Mamie Eisenhower with John escorting her to supper on the S.S. United States.

  236. Larry Driscoll

    Hello James.

    I do have some pictures, and I do believe he is still with us. Several years ago I went to Maine to interview him. The Article appeared in the magazine POWER SHIPS. I will include that article on the web site. It will have pictures.
    Thanks for your comments.
    Ps it might be a few weeks before it shows up.

  237. James Jarratt

    Very interested to read about the captains of the UNITED STATES, in particular John Tucker, as I knew little of him before. Hopefully, he is still with us. I wonder if he has any photos he could share with us?
    Nice website, by the way.

  238. Ron Hoddinott

    I crossed the Atlantic from New York to Bremerhaven on the SS America in March of 1963 with my family. My father, a Major in the US Army, my mother, and my little brother. A full gale followed us all the way across the Atlantic, and the ship listed to one side for several days. One night we were confined to our cabins, and plate glass windows on the promenade deck were knocked out. One man died and his body was stored in the freezer of the galley. Leather covered steel cables were strung all along the hallways so you could get to the dining hall and other places on the ship.

    This was my second Atlantic crossing, but the first was on the Ile de France when I was 3 years old. This time I was 16, and full of myself. The second or third night out was “Gay 90’s night.” My first taste of beer seemed to help me walk straight on the heaving deck back to our cabin afterward. “Fly me to the Moon” was the favorite song played by the orchestra every night, and I became stricken with a young american girl going to France for her “Junior Year Abroad.”

    During one particularly rough night, water was rushing from one side of the ship to the other as she rolled in the sea. The young teenage girls made sport of it by sliding on their bottoms with the rushing water – side to side and back again.

    I took some amazing photos of the seas, higher than the promenade deck, but sent them back to my high school counselor and never saw them again.

    My mother had never experienced the Atlantic during a gale, and was writing her “Last Will” in the cabin one night when I came back from dinner. “What are you going to do with that,” I asked,” put it in a bottle?”

    I recall how rough the seas of the English Channel were with the small fishing smacks and tugs knocking about and throwing spray over their cockpits, but we felt we had reached “calm waters” after crossing the Atlantic in the SS America during the Gale of March 1963!

  239. Jackie stahl

    I sailed on the America as a child to England, and all I remember was that my mother was seasick the entire time. strangers had to comb my hair. When I saw how the ship deteriorated after being beached near the Canary Islands, I found it.very depressing.

  240. Julia Schilling

    My Father sailed to Europe on either the America or the United States. It was before 1953. Is there any way to find out which ship
    he sailed on and when?

  241. Yann Saunders

    Does anyone here know where I might find sailing dates, passenger lists or cargo manifests for SS America, between April and October 1955? I would like to contact the owners of a 1951 Cadillac automobile that may have traveled on that liner and in that time frame.

  242. Yann Saunders

    May I inquire if the SS America was equipped to carry private automobiles in her cargo hold in 1955? A photo I have shows how an automobile could be loaded/offloaded from a cruise ship (NOT the SS America, in that photo),

    I have two other photos from 1955 taken on the upper deck of SS America during a voyage from USA to Europe (Le Havre or Bremerhaven). These passengers toured Europe that year in their large Cadillac automobile. I was wondering if their car might have traveled with them on this cruise liner.

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  244. Klaus Laaks

    Thank you for the famous articles on ss.America and as well on ss. United States. When I was the Passenger Manager for Northrhine-Westfalia ( Office in Dusseldorf(Germany)
    I travelled on both ships, namely in cabin U-42 (ss.Amerca) and cabin M-85 (ss. United States). I loved it to offer to my passengers both ships for travel either West-or Eastbound.
    Myself have been many times in Bremerhaven for passengers embarkation.

  245. Hannelore Repetto

    My mother and I came to America on the SS America in January 1951 it was a terrible winter Crossing. Neither one of us spoke a word of English
    We must of been in steerage because our room had no resemblance to the pictures that they show of America’s interior?
    I was seasick for seven days and the only thing I could eat was red delicious apples I had never had before. Needless to say 60 years later I have never eaten another red delicious apple!

  246. Gabriele Leithead ( Nazeres )

    I sailed on the SS America in 1961. We were aboard during Christmas and New Year. I was only 5 years old and I can remember as if it were yesterday. Going through some papers we found a photo taken by the ship photographer of New Years Eve dinner and the menu’s from the voyage.I remember making friends with the ships captain and at the Christmas party given for the children aboard, the captain gave me a baby doll, because when “Santa” handed out the gifts I received a baby dolls layette, but I didn’t have a baby doll, until the Captain gave me one for Christmas. We sailed from Germany to New York/

  247. bernadette

    I still have my little blue book from the SS America with the list of passengers and all that was available on the ship…I came in March of 1956 and we hit a terrible storm at sea and were late arriving in NYC…it was pretty scary and terrible and things rolling around the floor and I think we were taken to the dining room…I was 9 yrs old and came with my family…the storm was also up and down the east coast and we arrived in NYC in a terrible snow storm…we left from Cobh, Ireland.

  248. mary geraghty

    My mother and I [age 12] sailed from Cobh on a stormy night of March 15th 1961. We went out on a tender to meet the ship at midnight. The sight of the lighted ship in the pitch black ocean was memorable to this day. it was a rocky voyage deck furniture had to be tied down as waves tumbled over the top deck. I was terrified to go in to the pool as I thought the bottom was the ocean floor. I saw people who looked so strange to me who wore ethnic clothing. This was the first time I saw corn on the cob and thought it was most unusual. Although we were sick for most of the voyage, the trip holds sad but good memories.

  249. 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 .

  250. sharon jacobs

    just found out that a cousin of mine, Clarence John Marsman (known as C. John) painted a mural on this ship. Was hoping to see a picture of it on this website but cannot find any that state it was his. Does anyone know about this??

  251. Gisela Beans (Jobst)

    September 1953, accompanied by my aunt, Franziska Edwards, I traveled from NY to Bremerhaven with my parakeet, “Stuffy” (in a travel cage). I was 11 years old and this trip was another exciting experience for me, because I was on my way home after having spent 8 months with my relatives in Bethlehem, PA.
    I Keep checking to see if anyone else traveled to Germany on the S.S. America on that trip.

  252. Mary Wernig Breerwood

    I just saw the video on the weather channel of my beloved passenger ship, the SS America. We were lucky to be able to take it from Bremerhaven, Germany back to the United States. We had spent three years with my dad in army barracks in southern Germany. We were at Heidelberg, Robinson barracks and Kelly barracks. I have many wonderful memories of those days. I was 7 and /12 when we arrived on the USS Darby and 10 1/2 when we left on the SS America.
    It seemed we had complete freedom on board. We went to the pool, the theater, played ping pong and just roamed around with our new friends for I think it was ten days. I still have the trophy that I won for ping-pong. I also have other memorabilia from our trip. I remember the food as being delicious and there were many courses. I think I gained a few pounds. I never was seasick, but many others were as it was in December of 1962 that we crossed and it was cold. I remember LeHarve harbor and South Hampton, the white cliffs of Dover and the bay of Cork (or Cobh) in Ireland. where the water was turquoise and the hills were emerald green. I remember being very happy and cheering when we saw the Statue of Liberty. But I was sad to leave the ship though as we had so much fun and it was so beautiful.
    I was so sad to see that beautiful ship wrecked and falling into the sea. They should have made it a Casino and floating hotel like we have on the Mississippi now.

  253. Felicity Pine

    Wow, I’m so happy to have found this website. I’m Skyping with my daughter’s civics class in a few minutes, which I do every semester, to tell my story of becoming a citizen (finally) in 2002. I was just surfing the web for information about immigration in 1957, which is when we arrived in NYC. My family made the trip from England to the US on the SS America. I was 7 or 8 years old. We were three children and my mother and father. I also remember it as an amazing experience. I remember that we were visited by the ship’s captain and we dressed up and were very polite (of course – we were English). He gave us a memento – a pin of some sort to wear. I remember the food, the sheer amounts of it. My father was particularly amazed at the fruit — the strawberries were so large and ripe and juicy. When we came down the gangplank in NYC, my father had arranged for our car to be there. In addition to the vision of the Statue of Liberty, I remember the image of that mammoth estate station wagon waiting for us. I remember walking from the front to the back and was blown away by the size of it. It went on forever; cars in England were tiny. I think the largeness of everything was what we all noticed about America. Supermarkets, Skyscrapers, and the SS America!

  254. sandra e mccarthy

    I travelled on the s.s.america in 1964.I was returning to the states to my job as a nanny,I was 21. unfortuately it was in august the hurricane season,and the captain had to slow the ship as we were inbetween two hurricanes,they put ropes up on the ship and we had a good four days of rough weather,and I spent most of my time in the cabin for safety.When we first left southampton the weather was beautiful it was like a cruise,but then the next day it really started to get bad,and I thought oh no not again,I had previously returned to england from new york 10months before and it was mid november,we had sixty foot swells and I was sick four five days out of the seven,that was on the s.s.united states,there were people injured and the a deck and stairs were badly damaged by the sea going over and in the ship.The crazy thing is,I was scared to fly so I went by ship,the joke was on me,however I survived it all,even though at the time,most of the time I thought the ships would sink,what a shame I couldn,t enjoy these trips with good weather,I was just unlucky,I guess!..

  255. 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.

  256. Tanja Boehme-Markgraf

    My dad sailed from Germany to NYC on the AMERICA in November 1961 I am looking for anyone else who sailed on this trip .. I am trying to collect pictures, film , diaries… anything and everything to document the passage to make a documentry of my own I am doing a family tree etc… If anyone might have known him .. his name was Dietmar Wolfgang Gerhard Boehme he was from Berlin, Germany and sailed from Bremerhaven to the UK and then on to NY. My email is evilhomersgirl@gmail.com … thanks so much and look forward to hearing from anyone willing to share!! 🙂