The SS United States used to carry celebrities across the Atlantic, after her maiden voyage in 1952, at record speed. After rusting for two decades in Philadelphia,Crystal Cruise announced a plan to refit the Ocean Liner at a cost of $700 million. This budget is the equivalent of a new build project, the Carnival Vista costed about $800 million. A survey of the boat will be needed before any serious investment is made.
The 990′ boat was longer than the Titanic and fastest than this last one. Her 268,000 Hp engines allow her to cross the Atlantic in 3 days and 10 hours, record that stands until 1990. Her interior feature glass and aluminum, to the chagrin of wealthy passenger. The Naval architect Gibbs minimized the use of wood in order to reduce the risk of fire.
“The ship was an ambassador of America’s post-war industrial power and a technological marvel,” the SS United States Conservancy says in an FAQ. “The soaring symbol of grace and grandeur touched the lives of over one million passengers, thousands of crew members, and countless others who were thrilled by her mere presence in New York or Europe flying the Stars and Stripes.”