SS United States

Ship of Power, Might, and Indecision

William Miller

SS United States, the most advanced liner of her time captured the prized Blue Riband for transatlantic speed, brought glory to America, and enjoying success for a full decade. After trans-ocean jets arrived, success faded until decommissioned by 1969. Years of neglect and decay followed. To this day, the she rests silently at a Philadelphia pier.
Date Published :
March 2022
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
207
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781625451156
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$35.95

Overview
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The SS United States was a great symbol of post-World War II American genius. She was the most advanced ocean liner of her time—modern, innovative, and hugely powerful. Designed to be a commercial liner but easily convertible to wartime troopship, she entered service in July 1952, seventy years ago, to rousing triumph and success. She captured the prized Blue Riband for transatlantic speed, brought glory to America and her owners, and enjoyed great success for a full decade. But after trans-ocean jets arrived, her success slowly faded until fully decommissioned by 1969. Over fifty years of idleness, revival plans and schemes, and neglect and decay followed. To this day, the SS United States rests silently at a Philadelphia pier. This is the story of a very great and beloved ship—her glory days, but also her days of struggle and indecision.

About The Author
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Known as “Mr Ocean Liner”, Bill Miller has written over 100 books about ocean liners—from early liners, modern cruise ships, even ships during wartime. He has also authored hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, appeared in numerous TV documentaries and is a frequent guest lecturer on today’s cruise ships. Bill has won many awards, hosted an ocean liner film festival and himself been the subject of a film documentary.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Post-War and Planning
2 Construction, Details, and Secrecy
3 Maiden Voyage and the First Decade
4 The 1960s: Decline and Too Few Passengers
5 Silent Limbo: The Early Decades
6 Across the Atlantic: The Turkish Chapter
7 Plans, Schemes, and Lay-Up in Philadelphia
Bibliography

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