SS United States’ Maiden Voyage 60th Anniversary

SS United States leaving New York City on July 3, 1952

On July 3, 1952, the SS United States began its maiden voyage. The vessel departed from the United States Lines’ Pier 86 in New York City with Captain Harry Manning at the helm. There were rumors that the SS United States would go after the Transatlantic crossing record set by the RMS Queen Mary. It was no secret that the SS United States was fast, but it was not know just how quickly the vessel would go on its Maiden Voyage. When the SS United States arrived in England, it had successfully broken the record held for 14 years by the Queen Mary by over 10 hours. The SS United States completed the crossing in a record breaking 3 days, 10 hours, and 40 minutes with an average speed of 35.59 knots.

On the return voyage, the SS Untied States did it again, breaking the westbound crossing record when it arrived in New York in 3 days, 12 hours, and 12 minutes. The SS United States claimed the Blue Riband for the United States, a prize not held by a United States vessel since the SS Baltic, nearly one hundred years earlier. To this day, the westbound crossing record of the SS United States stands unbroken.

This was only the beginning of an illustrious career for the SS Untied States. It would go on to make 400 Transatlantic crossings before being retired in 1969.

SS United States returns to New York City after capturing the Blue Ribbon

Today, the SS United States Conservancy is working to save the SS United States. You can get the latest SS United States news and find out how you can help save the famous vessel by visiting the Conservancy’s website or by following them on FacebookYouTubeand Twitter.


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  1. As a young boy growing up in New York, I can remember walking past travel agent stores and seeing big posters of the SS America, and the SS United States. My Dad took me for rides along the west side drive past all the piers. At that time in the early sixty’s, the ships were so many I couldn’t count them, both side of the piers would have ships in them. I remember when the United States was docked once at pier 86. And down a few piers the France,to a little kid it was the high light of being on a trip with my dad.In the early seventy’s I went to work on tug boats in New York Harbor, and in order to do that I had to have seaman’s papers, when i went into the Coast Guard office at the battery, they told me they could not give them to me unless I had a promise of a job. the officer told me to go to a shipping CO. So I hit the pavement and started to walk up Broadway and the first building I came to was one Broadway, as looked at the door there was bronze plack on the side, that read United States Lines.I went into their office and the woman at the front desk said that she could not help me. As I began to walk out a man approached me and asked me why I wanted a letter. I told him that I wanted to work on tug boats , and I need a letter of intent from a shipping CO. so i could get a seaman’s card, then I could get a union card . He asked me to have a seat and went away for about five minutes came back and handed me a letter and shook my hand and said good luck. As I remember the countless trips up and down the north river watching the ships disappear, and the piers burn one by one except for a few, I have to say it was one of the saddest things I have ever witnessed. I have seen ships sink at the dock, I have seen ships burn at the dock, and yes i have the SS America come back in such disrepair, that the only thing I could say is what a shame. While watching the QE 2 come into New York in her full glory Thank You


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