SS United States Blue Riband Celebration
by Paul Motter
The Blue Riband award for fastest Atlantic crossing will be on display for the first time in 60 years.
The Blue Riband Trophy There are many technical accomplishments our nation can be proud about; the moon landing and the entire space program are one good example. But before the space program this nation led in other areas, the world's fastest flying machines, for example, and the world's fastest ocean liner.
The ocean liner S.S. United States is a triumph of American ingenuity, and fortunately it still survives. The ship was primarily designed as a passenger liner to service the transatlantic market before air travel took over. It still holds the world's record, known as the Blue Riband, for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by a passenger vessel. That record was made 60 years ago.
The ship, built in the Virginia-based Newport News shipyard in 1952, has been anchored at pier 82 on the Delaware River in the port of Philadelphia since 1996. The ship was built at a cost of $78-million (in 1952 dollars) and she remained in regular service from the early 1950s through 1969.
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