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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.

On its maiden voyage on 4 July 1952, the United States broke the transatlantic speed record held by the Queen Mary for the previous 14 years by over 10 hours, making the maiden crossing from the Ambrose lightship at New York Harbor to Bishop Rock off Cornwall, UK in 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes at an average speed of 35.59 knots (40.96 mph). The liner also broke the westbound crossing record by returning to America in 3 days 12 hours and 12 minutes at an average speed of 34.51 knots (39.71 mph), thereby obtaining both the eastbound and westbound Blue Ribands — the first time a U.S. flagged ship had held the speed record since the SS Baltic claimed the prize a century earlier.

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  • Joseph Rieg
    Joseph Riegover 4 years ago

    Cool shot, Monte……this would probably fit well in the World’s Cruise Ships group.

  • Thanks Joe

    – Monte Morton

  • DaveHrusecky
    DaveHruseckyover 4 years ago

    Really cool shot Monte. Great detail.

  • Thank you Dave

    – Monte Morton

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Scott

    – Monte Morton

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Interesting historical shot, & great history. Well done.

  • I appreciate that!

    – Monte Morton

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful piece of history and excellent capture Monte!!, I am surprised that it hasn’t been turned in a hotel.

  • It is headed for scrap unless a group can save it. Thank you!

    – Monte Morton

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesover 4 years ago

    wonderful pov, monte. it really shows off this amazing ship. very informative write-up. :)

  • Thanks Victoria

    – Monte Morton

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamover 4 years ago

    A great story Monte, well told…

  • Thank you Larry, always appreciated!

    – Monte Morton

  • Phillip M. Burrow
    Phillip M. Burrowover 4 years ago

    Great shot and story Monte!

  • Glad you liked it Phillip, thank you!

    – Monte Morton

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • Thank you, I really appreciate the feature!

    – Monte Morton

  • Bob Wall
    Bob Wallover 4 years ago

    I saw this ship just a couple of weeks ago, but my friend and I couldn’t find a way in to get some pics. Cool shot.

  • Thank you Bob! I couldn’t get in either but lucky for me I’m 6’6" and could shoot over the fence.

    – Monte Morton

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