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WATCH: Here's Hope! Comedian Bob Hope Aboard the SS Untied States

The SS United States was the ship on which to sail in the 1950s and 60s, carrying a very impressive complement of notable passengers on nearly every voyage.

British Pathé has shared this archival footage of the ship's "liveliest passenger," American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian and actor, Bob Hope, arriving in Southampton in 1952.

"Here's Hope!" Video shared by British Pathé.

Upon his arrival, Hope said to the press:

"I just want to tell you that It's been a wonderful trip on this 'United States,' a great, great trip. It's a beautiful ship, and I understand that the Cunard Line gave it a 21-torpedo salute as it came in today!"

Not dazzled yet? You can learn more about the SS United States' many famous passengers — including American evangelist Billy Graham, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, and others — here on the Conservancy's blog!

Comedian Bob Hope aboard the SS United States. Courtesy of John Gustave Kunze.


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