Proposal to bring the SS UNITED STATES back to Manhattan.
Cruise Ship History: 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.
The S.S. United States docked at Pier 82 in Philadelphia. The ship was the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it was built. The S.S. United States, which carried immigrants to America and vacationers to Europe faster than any other ocean liner, has not sailed into New York harbor in 40 years. But some fans of the giant ship are telling city officials that it should come home to Manhattan…
The SS United States is a passenger liner built in 1952 for the United States Lines and designed to recapture the trans-Atlantic speed record from the British and serve as a possible troop carrier.
Built at a cost of $78 million, the ship remains the largest ocean liner built entirely in the United States, the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction, and it remains current holder of the Blue Riband, given to the passenger liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean in regular service with the record highest speed.
The United States operated in transatlantic passenger service until 1969, and since 1996 has been docked at Pier 82 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.
The SS United States – today – rotting away in Philadelphia. The abandoned ship be viewed from Ikea’s cafe. Diners know it as “some big ship.”
Cutaway of the SS United States.