On the 66th anniversary of the record-breaking maiden voyage of the SS United States — the world's fastest ocean liner — check out a radio interview recorded in 1952 with the vessel's captain, Commodore Harry Manning, and ship designer William Francis Gibbs. This interview has been made available by the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection, and was recorded on July 15, 1952 at a reception following the ship’s triumphant return to New York. Listen below: The SS United States
On the 66th anniversary of the record-breaking maiden voyage of America's Flagship — the fastest ocean liner the world has ever known — we are thrilled to share this archival clip by British Pathé, featuring the Big U's triumphant arrival in Le Harve on July 7, 1952. Did you know that America's Flagship was a champion twice over? Scroll to the bottom of the page to see additional newsreel footage from the SS United States' celebrated return to New York on July 14, after setti
The SS United States Conservancy has presented the Blue Riband Award to Advisory Council member Casper van Hooren for his tremendous efforts on behalf of the SS United States. Casper has provided invaluable counsel to the Conservancy as the former owner of the famed Dutch steamship, the SS Rotterdam. Casper oversaw its initial conversion into a successful stationary mixed-use attraction in Rotterdam, where today it is a thriving hotel, meeting venue, and tourist attraction. T
On this 65th anniversary of that famous transatlantic trip, we want to feature the efforts of one of the SS United States Conservancy's regional chapters with a few gems from their Facebook page. DID YOU KNOW?? 65 years ago today, the SS United States would depart New York to set off across the Atlantic on her record shattering maiden voyage! On July 3, 1952, the Big U departed at noon from the north side of Pier 86 in New York City (opposite from where the USS Intrepid now r
She was a record breaker on that historic transatlantic trip-- and she's still beating all the odds today. Advanced publicity for the SS United States had primed the American public for a record-breaking vessel. Secrecy was tight during the builder’s trials in June of 1952, but it was later learned that the vessel exceeded 38 knots, or 44 miles per hour. She traveled 20 knots in reverse. On July 3rd, 1952, the SS United States set forth on her much-anticipated maiden voyage,
This week means so very much to the story of America's Flagship. Photo courtesy of Henry Brunjes June 20th, 1952: The SS United States is officially handed over to United States Lines.
Twenty years later, after she was taken out of service, the U.S. Congress authorized the Department of Commerce to purchase the ship for $12.9 million as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, a special group of merchant and passenger vessels that stood to be called into public service i