The S.S. United States is an ocean liner built in 1952 for the United States Lines. At 53,329 gross tons, she is the largest ocean liner to date built entirely in the United States and is still the fastest liner ever built. In 1952, on her maiden voyage as the new flagship of the United States Lines, the United States captured the Blue Riband with the fastest transatlantic crossing on record.
The entry of the United States marked the first time a U.S. flagged ship held the Blue Riband, surpassing European speed records which had stood for decades. The United States lost the eastbound record in 1990, but still holds the westbound record. The United States plied the transatlantic with passenger service until 1969, and she outlasted the demise of her original owners. The ship is currently docked in Philadelphia until a decision is made about her fate.
S.S. United States being re-painted at the Hudson River Pier, New York April 1959. (Dick Leonardt Photo)
S.S. United States leaving New York, August 1961. (Dick Leonhardt Photo)
Arriving in New York November 1965.
Leaving on the "Big U" - Pier 86 North River, June 1966.
Leaving on the "Big U" - Pier 86 North River, June 1966. Photo by ships photographer.
On Board the S.S. United States June 1966. Original photos posted on Flickr.
The following pictures show the condition that this great ship is in today. SAVE THE S.S. UNITED STATES.
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