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

SS United States

SS United States America’s flagship

On July 7 1952 the SS United States cut 10 hours off the Atlantic speed record set 14 years earlier by the Queen Mary. The crossing time from New York to the finish line at Bishop’s Rock UK a little over 3 days and then hours. The ship and her crew were celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. 150,000 New Yorkers turned out to give the captain and chief engineer a Broadway ticker-tape parade.

Welcome aboard the SS United States. America’s flagship from 1952 to 1969.

In the following pages, you will find.

  • An illustrated story of the ship from construction to her current fight for survival.
  • A tour of the interiors and introduction to the design team
  • Sailing on the ship from a passenger’s perspective
  • Finally we go to Philadelphia for a tour of the ship and efforts to save her

The United States needs our help.
After more than a decade at the same rate, the rent at the ship’s pier has increased dramatically. America’s flagship needs your help more than ever.
Go to the SS United States Conservancy website https://www.ssusc.org/ to make a contribution.

The S.S. United States Conservancy

The Ship

Image from the Mariner's Museum collection Newport News VA
Image from the Mariner’s Museum collection Newport News VA- Header image from shipbucket.com
SS United States
Commodore Harry Manning first Captain of the ship. Photo from the Mariners Museum

Captains of the S.S. United States

Sailing up the Hudson River for a publicity shot L Driscoll collection
Sailing up the Hudson River for a publicity shot
L Driscoll collection

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    9 thoughts on “SS United States

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. Larry Driscoll Post author

      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

    5. 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..??

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