SS United States Ship Abandoned

The state-of-the-art ocean liner SS United States broke the transatlantic speed record for passenger ships on her maiden voyage in July of 1952, completing the ocean crossing in 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes at an average speed of 35.59 knots (65.91 km/h; 40.96 mph). It was all downhill from there, though the liner enjoyed an exemplary service career before being withdrawn from service in 1969.

abandoned ocean liner SS United States

In 1996 the ship was towed from Norfolk, Virginia to Pier 84 in South Philadelphia where it rests to this day, unloved and unwanted, her formerly bright contrasting colors inexorably fading and peeling. If there was ever an ideal poster child for the current state of the passenger liner industry, it’s the SS United States. Kudos to Flickr user Liz Kallikak for the above evocative, warts & all image of the unloved and unwanted liner.

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2 thoughts on “SS United States Ship Abandoned

  1. If only I were super rich! I would take this ship and lovingly restore it to it’s full former majesty. It would be a super yacht like no other. I’ve often wondered why the super rich buy new super yachts instead of converting something like this back to glory. Maybe that excess of money clouds their thinking. Hmmm.

    1. It’s a shame that this piece of American success and history doesn’t have a home. We have the Queen Mary in California which is a British ship preserved.The SS United States is an American vessel and holder of the last Blue Ribband for fastest crossing of the Atantic.It MUST be saved and preserved.

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