Sunday, March 22, 2009

Will she sail again ???

In 1952, the crossing from Britain to the United States was carved down to just three days, 12 hours and 12 minutes at an average speed of 34 knots, by the Steamship United States. The sprint across the Atlantic knocked almost 10 hours and four knots off the records set in 1938 by the venerable Queen Mary.

“Sorry, old girl,” the new liner radioed to its defeated rival.

Fifty years later, the United States is still the fastest ocean liner in the world, though it hasn’t sailed in 40 years.

United States: The United States is not open to the public but is docked at Pier 82 in Philadelphia Harbor. Now idled from commercial service since 1969 the ship is up for sale and the cost of renovation has been estimated at $100 million or more.

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