The S.S. United States.
“The S.S. “United States”" by Paul McGehee. The famous liner, known as the “Big Ship” departs her United States Lines pier in New York’s Hudson River for a transatlantic run in 1963.
The “United States” was THE liner to be on, and be seen on…luminaries from world leaders to Hollywood royalty (Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, to name a few) were regular passengers on her runs between New York harbor and Europe.
To this day, for her class of vessel, she holds the transatlantic speed record, the “Blue Riband”, set in 1952. The S.S. “United States”, which has languished at dock since 1969 and has miraculously escaped the wreckers a few times, was recently (2003) purchased by Norwegian Cruise Lines with the intention of restoring her and putting her back into the cruise trade.
Menu cover from New Year’s celebration aboard the S.S. United States.
Passengers celebrating New Year’s Eve cocktails aboard the S.S. United States during the 1950s and 1960s.
American military officer with his family celebrating New Year’s Eve dinner aboard the S.S. United States during the 1960s. The father, serving in Europe, “crossed the pond” on a regular basis with his wife and children.
Many children during the 1950s and 1960s were introduced to the deluxe service and cuisine found aboard the United States Lines, American Export Lines, Moore-McCormick, Grace Lines, Matson Lines, American President Lines and Delta Lines.
Most would dine at the early sittings or be served at a special children’s sitting in a separate dining room.
When the subsidies stopped in the 1960s and 1970s, the American passenger fleet dissapeared.