The SS UNITED STATES traveled at
an average speed of 30.5 knots to maintain her transatlantic
schedule. If you study the images of Bob’s younger
brother below, you can get a sense of the speed of
Wind Speeds. Do
the math: 30.5 knots = 35 miles per hour (56 kph).
Add in a head
and you’ve got a combined air speed that exceeds
50 mph (83 kph). In the photo above, you’ll see the
ship’s wake extending miles to the horizon - evidence
of her incredible power.
History: During sea trials
of the new SS UNITED STATES off the Virginia Capes,
the combined air speed
on deck during high speed trials topped 89 miles
per hour (143 kph).
The game deck.
Shuffleboard, of course.
One of the most amazing
sights to see is the SS UNITED STATES at night. Standing
on the dock in Bremerhaven, Bob made this perfect
Bob took the shot below, facing forward on the ship’s starboard side. Standing on the Sports Deck.
In the image above, the ship appears
to be at LeHavre loading the forward holds.
The sun rises over New York as the SS UNITED STATES arrives on the west side of Manhattan. On more than 400 occasions, the SS UNITED STATES gave arriving passengers a homecoming view similar to this from Bob’s collection of great memories.
Comments from Bob: "The
picture in the lounge shows me (2nd from the left)
having a great time for an eighteen year old. The
young man in two of the pictures on deck is my
younger brother. The shots where it is obvious
we are in port were shot at Bremerhaven (I had
graduated from American High School there the year
before and I used to make it a habit to come to
the port whenever the SS United States was due). The
shots of the ship getting an escort from tug boats
and being "swung" to dock were taken
a few days before we boarded and sailed off. The
shot of New York harbor was taken early in the
morning as we entered the harbor. The
ride on the 'States I will never forget."