"Twice in a Lifetime" Growing up as the son of an Army officer, Mark Yuill had lots of experience moving to far-flung places, but when the family boarded the SS United States in New York in 1963, he knew this time would be different. “This time,” he recalls, “we were going to France! And, better yet, rather than the 12 hour flight in a prop plane that was our last European posting travel experience, this time we got to take a ship, for the first time! As a high school-aged te
The SS United States is admired the world over for so many reasons — from her impeccable design and unparalleled performance as a liner to the fond memories she left her many passengers. Today, we are excited to showcase a pair of DVDs, produced by Wayne Forth and PhotoScenics, which document the iconic interiors of America's Flagship. The first of these, SS United States: The Way She Was, is the final video footage of the ship's interior spaces, as they appeared in the ship'
On June 23rd, 1951, the SS United States was christened by Lucille Connally, wife of Texas senator Tom Connally, in Newport News, VA. Despite the 100-degree heat, thousands of attendees looked on as she christened the ship with a single swing of the champagne bottle at 12:45 p.m. Lucille Connally christens America's Flagship, the SS United States. Image by the Associated Press, courtesy of The New York Times online archives. An estimated 500,000 more watched what was said to