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Painting of America's Flagship Unveiled at Merchant Marine Academy

Last weekend saw an amazing and lasting tribute to America’s Flagship, as the US Merchant Marine Academy “Great Class of 1979” unveiled a massive oil painting depicting the SS United States entering New York Harbor.

The painting by Martin Smick measures fifteen feet in height and will hang in Ackerman Auditorium opposite a painting of her sister ship, the SS America.

Photo of Martin Smick's painting, prior to its unveiling. Courtesy of Tom Basile.

The painting by Martin Smick measures fifteen feet in height and will hang in Ackerman Auditorium opposite a painting of her sister ship, the SS America.

The painting was funded by the Class of ’79 and accepted by RADM Jack Buono, USMS, Superintendent of the academy. The Conservancy expresses its sincere appreciation to the Class of ’79, including the Vice President of our Board of Directors, Frank DeGiulio, for choosing to recognize the ship’s historical significance in such a profound way.

"There are long standing ties between the US Merchant Marine Academy and the SS United States. Many graduates served aboard the Big U, and the ship’s unique design, engineering and almost unbelievable speed capabilities still stand as a model of American ingenuity and accomplishment to both alumni and current midshipmen alike," DeGiulio said.

"After more than 67 years afloat, the SS United States remains as beautiful as and inspiring as ever, and now that this fabulous portrait has been unveiled, we're hoping the Big U's revitalization will soon follow."

RADM Jack Buono with members of the US Merchant Marine Academy.

Courtesy of the Conservancy's Tom Basile, who was in attendance, here is footage of the unveiling of the painting.

Finally, the clips below feature commentary from last week's festivities (also courtesy of Tom Basile), as RADM Jack Buono, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and RADM Mark Buzby, USN Retired, U.S. Maritime Administrator, reflect on the unveiling of Martin Smick's painting, as well as the legacy of America's Flagship.

The SS United States has created unforgettable memories for countless former passengers and crew. We can save this magnificent vessel for future generations, but we need your help.

Do you have memories of your time aboard America’s Flagship? Send us an email at archives@ssusc.org.

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