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New illustration by David Macaulay for book on SS United States

Renowned author-illustrator David Macaulay, who continues to work on his highly anticipated book about the SS United States, has shared a new illustration!

Illustration by David Macaulay

The SS United States carried Macaulay to the US when he was a young boy in 1957, and it has lived large in his imagination ever since. Macaulay's book, with an anticipated release in late 2018, explores the ship in the context of the history of innovation and also shares the story of ship designer William Francis Gibbs' quest to design the perfect ship.

The illustration here depicts a dramatic incident that occurred on Macaulay's transatlantic crossing: A US Coast Guard patrol ship summoned help from the Big U after one of its machinists developed acute appendicitis. As Bob Sturm recounts in his book "SS United States: The View from Below," Commodore Anderson changed course so that the machinist could be transferred aboard the ship, and a successful appendectomy was performed by "a qualified surgeon who happened to be a passenger."

SEE MORE of David Macaulay’s work featuring the SS United States.

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