Thursday, September 17, 2009


On the way home today, we caught a glimpse of the SS United States from the Walt Whitman Bridge at Philadelphia. The ship has been "parked" here for years as a buyer is sought.

To capture a foggy image through the rain, Susanne risked life and limb leaning out of the Box's window as I maneuvered through the bridge traffic.

The ship is famous for being the fastest trans-Atlantic ocean liner of its day, but that fact is perhaps eclipsed by the fact that yours truly sailed to France and back on this ship in 1966-67.

Unfortunately, air travel put most ocean liners out of business in the late 60s and early 70s, and the SS United States was sold in 1969 for scrap, partially dismantled, and now awaits final disposition. In 1999 the ship was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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