William Francis Gibbs himself would surely be proud of the way his grand old organization -- founded all the way back in 1929 -- continues to honor the legacy of the SS United States. In fact, despite its countless engineering projects Gibbs & Cox has taken on in the 65 years since her debut, the company still considers America's Flagship to be their crowning achievement! As their official website reads:
The firm’s signature ship is the oceangoing passenger superliner SS UNITED STATES. The SS UNITED STATES was the largest and fastest passenger vessel ever constructed in the US when completed in 1952, and is considered to be the greatest American ocean liner ever built. The SS UNITED STATES was designed to be rapidly converted from a luxury liner to a high-speed troop transport (for up to 15,000 troops) or hospital ship in wartime, and incorporated many of the advanced fire protection and ship survivability design features developed from the firm’s warship design experience. The SS UNITED STATES established the transatlantic speed record on her maiden voyage, averaging 35.6 knots in its crossing, winning the Hales Trophy and coveted Blue Riband for the fastest crossing.
Gibbs & Cox has laser scans of every deck of the SS United States. This information is invaluable to potential developers as they prepare plans for the ship's potential rebirth and for the Conservancy as it develops digital displays.
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