SS United States Ocean Liner Model Ship
The SS United States, “The Big U”, is an ocean liner built in 1952 for the United States Lines. At 53,329 gross tons, she is the largest ocean liner to date built entirely in the United States and still holds the record for the fastest westbound transatlantic crossing.
This gorgeous model is handcrafted using western red cedar, rosewood and mahogany woods. Using historical photographs, drawings and original plans, this model boat is built to scale using plank-on-frame construction methods which are similar to the building of actual ships.
Look for the beautiful and intricate details such as the chimney is painted in red, white, and black that is rigged across each other to the masts. Each life boat is meticulously handcrafted and painted in black and white. There are also various other details on the deck such as metal ladders, metal winches, metal vents, wood crane, railings etc. A delight to have in your home or give as a gift!
Dimensions: 32" length x 4" width x 9" tall
A little history:
The SS United States (also known as "The Big U") is an ocean liner built in 1952 for the United States Lines. At 53,329 gross tons, she is the largest ocean liner to date built entirely in the United States and still holds the record for the fastest westbound transatlantic crossing. In 1952, on her maiden voyage as the new flagship of the United States Lines, the United States captured the Blue Riband with the fastest eastbound and westbound transatlantic crossings on record (11 July–15 July, 3 days, 12 hours, 12 minutes).
The entry of the United States marked the first time since the Baltic a century earlier that a U.S.-flagged ship held the Blue Riband, surpassing European speed records which had stood for decades. The United States lost the eastbound record in 1990, but still holds the westbound record, and remains the fastest ocean liner to cross in either direction. The United States plied the transatlantic with passenger service until 1969, and she outlasted the demise of her original owners. The ship is currently docked in Philadelphia until a decision is made about her fate.