ss UNITED STATES
On the wettest day imaginable in March 1965 I stood on the end of the Ocean Dock at Southampton watching the departure of UNITED STATES, the first large Transatlantic liner I had seen close to.
Built at the Newport News shipyard she was constructed in a dock and floated out 23rd June 1951.
On her maiden voyage on appropriately July 4th 1952 she took the Blue Riband of the Atlantic held by QUEEN MARY crossing at an average speed of 35knots bettering this on the return.
In 1969 she was withdrawn from service and laid up at Norfolk in Virginia. Several schemes for her further use were put forward and amazingly in 1992 she was towed to Turkey and back again to the US having had asbestos removed. She lay from this time at Philadelphia quietly rotting away.
Declared a Historic Site in 1999 it now appears she has been bought by the ss United States Conservacy who now face the mammoth task of restoring her by how much remains to be seen.
Picture added on 03 February 2011 at 09:13