217/366: SS United States

This is the SS United States, which brought my father to America in the late 60s on one of its final voyages.  With a 17-year career spanning from 1952 to 1969, she made more than 800 crossings of the Atlantic and still boasts the record for fastest transatlantic passage.  Larger than the Titanic, she was a luxury liner carrying many famous passengers including Salvador Dali, Cary Grant, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Monroe, Walt Disney, and Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Clinton.

Currently docked at Pier 82 in Philadelphia, the SS United States is in danger of being sold for scrap metal unless the SS United States Conservancy, a non-profit organization established in 2004, can raise enough funds by the end of this year to preserve her.  What a shame it would be if we lose this piece of history.

For more information about this magnificent vessel or to make a donation, please visit the Conservancy’s home page.

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4 thoughts on “217/366: SS United States

    • Not sure what you are referring to here. Her cruising speed averaged about 30 knots while she was in service. There was some controversy regarding her max speed, but that was somewhere around 36-38 knots.

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