It turned around and also broke the westbound record for speed as well. There were celebrations and a small craft welcome when it returned to New York. In the 50’s and 60’s the S. S. United States was the most luxurious and fastest way to cross the Atlantic Ocean in style. There were celebrities like Bob Hope, John Wayne, Judy Garland and Charlton Heston on each voyage. The ship played a staring role in the 1962 Disney film Bon Voyage starring Fred McMurray and Jane Wyman.
Today, the former pride of the American passenger fleet sits as a faded relic at a Philadelphia pier not far from Independence Hall. It’s current owner is the S. S. United States Conservancy that is searching a way to restore the vessel to its former glory. America is in deep financial trouble. We can’t even afford to restore the great things produced in this century. Like junk in your attic, so goes America’s space program, fabulous boats, trains, and our value in the American Dollar. Poof!