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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SS United States - Iconic Life Photo

I love this photo of the Liner United States built in 1952.  On it's maiden transatlantic voyage the United States eclipsed the record previously held by the original Queen Mary to take the Blue Riband accolades for the fastest transatlantic crossing(s).  The United States held the outright record overall for nearly 40 years until it was beaten going eastbound by another passenger vessel, the catamaran Hoverspeed Great Britain (Albeit not carrying passengers at the time) The United States still holds the record for the more difficult westbound voyage and thus technically the Blue Riband.  Unfortunately, the United States is currently rusting away at a Philly dock, after plans by Norwegian Cruise Lines to re-fit the ship fell through.


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