the last of her kind by blackoutangel

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it used to be that magnificent leviathans
glided across the ocean filled with the gifted and gilded.
they were floating palaces, each one more regal and luxurious than the last.
sooner or later it was all doomed to end;
airlines made intercontinental travel much faster and more affordable
and as it did, one by one the luxury liners from the golden era
passed into oblivion – they are all now at the ocean’s murky bottom
or were scrapped long ago. and thus an age ended,
with only one remnant left.
she sits now in the harbor, her insides gutted and her luster faded,
as though waiting for the crowds to come back,
patiently, for she remembers the laughter, the tinkling wine glasses and toasts.
she was magnificent, full of music and spectacle,
and her pride in this is still evident
even if the new generations have forgotten her.
time has not diminished her poise and dignity -
she was the fastest cruise ship ever built and
a hundred feet longer than the titanic.
so look upon her now, while you can.
she is the last of her kind.

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darkness, architecture, photoshop, death, sadness, decay, abandoned, rot, ship, sink, neglect, sorrow, sinking, exploration, water, dark, boat, ruins, rust, broken, urban


  • MarissaBillings
    MarissaBillingsalmost 6 years ago

    great capture! love the perspective and colors =)

  • justimagine
    justimaginealmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this image and words.

  • Katherine Anderson
    Katherine Ande...almost 6 years ago

    Wow. You weren’t kidding about this! So amazing!

  • amarica
    amaricaalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot and wonderful writeup!!!!!!!

  • JohnEvans
    JohnEvansalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot…… always love stories that accompany….especially nostalgia, like yours

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesalmost 6 years ago

    Magnificant beauty, a testiment to man’s ever growing hunger for bigger, better and faster. Very nice shot and great story to remeber her by.

  • Glenn-Patrick Ferguson
    Glenn-Patrick ...almost 6 years ago

    Brilliant comp here Matt.

  • Ariane
    Arianealmost 6 years ago

    Who is She and where is She?
    Perhaps someone will buy her and turn her into a hotel – I hope so – it is so sad to see these old beautys slowly crumbling away.
    You have captured the feeling of decay and saddness of former glory days very well in your pic.

  • the SS United States is located in Philadelphia, although it currently is all but impossible to get on board. a good friend with some very high connections worked it out for me, which was very gracious of them. there has been a lot of talk about renovating her but i doubt it will happen. there’s too much money in scrapping, sadly.

    – blackoutangel

  • Nvision Ink
    Nvision Inkalmost 6 years ago

    wow very grand shot!!

  • Þórdis B.
    Þórdis B.almost 6 years ago

    Great perspective and composition.

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