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SS United States sails to the West Indies during the 1960s.

Cruise Ship History and Cruising The Past. More steamship history with a video cruise aboard the SS United States. In 1964, former SS United States purser Jim Green returned to the ship as a passenger for a West Indies cruise along with his beloved wife Frieda. Here, set to the music of the ship’s own orchestra, is a nostalgic journey back to 1964. This video also answers the trivia question: “Why were live turtles carried aboard the SS United States?” Hint: it wasn’t for the soup! Enjoy this retro look at the United States Line and its flagship.

Visit the SS United States Conservancy website. To learn about efforts to save the SS United States from being scrapped.

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