On this day: The SS United States Started Across the Atlantic
Thursday, 3rd July 2014 by Ian Brown
On July 3, 1952, the SS United States departed from New York on her maiden journey across the Atlantic. Her great speed allowed an American-flagged vessel to take the Blue Riband for the first time in a century, beating the Queen Mary’s record by 10 hours. Just to prove her supremacy, she set the Westbound record as well on the return journey. For the last eighteen years she has been docked in Philadelphia, and while restoration efforts are ongoing, her future is somewhat uncertain.