The “Fastest, Toughest, Most Beautiful” Ship to Cross the Atlantic, the S.S. United States, Set Sail 60 Years Ago This Week

The name emblazoned on her rakish bow told the reason for all the fuss: This was the S.S. United States, the biggest ship ever built in the Western Hemisphere, fastest passenger vessel afloat, and America’s bid to regain its lost reputation for building swift passenger vessels.

Newsweek, June 30, 1952

See what the S.S. United States looks like now.

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    And in 1955, age 3, I sailed on it from Europe back to the USA. (Photo of my mother in the hat, me looking back, and my...
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