I realize this might easily get lost in the depths that is Tumblr, but I’m reaching out because I want to save something that is unique to US as a nation.
This is the SS United States, the fastest ocean liner in the world, designed by William Frances Gibbs, and subsidized by the US Government. Built at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in 1949, her average speed was 32 knots (36.8 mph), significantly faster than the RMS Queen Mary. She crossed the Atlantic Ocean on her maiden voyage in three days, 10 hours, and 40 minutes at an average speed of 35 knots (41 mph). That was over ten hours faster than the Cunard liner, who held the Blue Riband for the previous fourteen years.
Her service went uninterrupted from 1952 to 1969. She was built for quick conversion for transporting troops, should the need ever arise, which it didn’t. She was completely fireproof. Even after being moored in Philadelphia for eighteen years, the ship’s hull is still remarkably intact, showing no signs of failing. From 1969 onwards, she changed ownerships over and over, until the ship was bought by the national non-profit organization, the SS United States Conservancy.
My point being that this is an engineering marvel. The ship remains to be the fastest ocean liner in the world, to cross in either direction. The ship was the symbol of the country in the 1950’s. The SS United States is also on the Nation Register of Historic Places, added in 1999 despite being less than fifty years old at the time. It was added for its “compelling national significance,” a status earned by less than one percent of the Register’s 78,000 historic sites. At the present time, the ship is both being planned for redevelopment as a seaside hotel in New York City, and being sold for scrap.
Please don’t let this national achievement pass into oblivion.
SS United States Conservancy page: http://www.ssusc.org/
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SSUSC
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/SSUSC