SS United States Archival Collection

 

Scandinavians on the Deck of the SS United States of the Scandinavian-American Line, 10 June 1904.

Scandinavians on the Deck of the SS United States of the Scandinavian-American Line, 10 June 1904. Bain News Service. Library of Congress ID # 2014683997. GGA Image ID # 1d47337761

 

 

United States (1903) Scandinavian-American Line (Danish)

The SS United States of the Scandinavian American Line 1903-1935.

The SS United States of the Scandinavian American Line 1903-1935. 10,095 Tons, Twin Screw. Passenger Capacity: 131 First, 76 Second, and 1,306 Steerage. Tourist Third Cabin, 1928. GGA Image ID # 11ca322f0d

Built by Alexander Stephen & Sons, Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 10,095. Dimensions: 500' x 58' (515' o.l.). Propulsion: Twin- screw, 16 knots. Triple expansion engines. Masts and Funnels: Two masts and one funnel. Service: Copenhagen-Oslo-New York. Passengers: 130 first, 140 second, 900 third. Fate: Withdrawn from service in 1934. Broken up for scrap in 1935. Sister ships: Heilig Olav and Oscar II.

 

United States (1952) United States Lines

Built by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va. Tonnage: 53,329. Dimensions: 916' x 101' (990' 0.1.). Quadruple-screw, 30 knots (service speed). Steam turbines. Single mast and two funnels. Early History: Her keel was laid in drydock, February 8, 1950. Floated out of drydock on June 23,1951. Completed her builder's trials by May 16, 1952. Size: Largest merchant ship built to date in America. From keel to top of forward funnel 175 feet high. From keel to top of superstructure is 122 feet. Twelve decks. Cost about $73,000,000 to build. Has capacity to transport 14,000 fully- equipped fighting men. Her beam of 101 feet will permit passage of the liner through the Panama Canal locks. Passengers: 888 first, 524 cabin, 544 tourist class. Maiden Voyage: Commenced her maiden voyage from New York to Havre and Southampton, at about noon on July 3, 1952. Speed Records: Her epic record-breaking North Atlantic crossing from Ambrose Lightship to Bishop Rock, was timed at 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes, with an average speed of 35.59 knots. This fast passage shattered by a wide margin the best previous record run of the former Blue Ribbon holder Queen Mary, On the fourth day of this historic eastward crossing, the United States steamed 833 miles in 23 hours, averaging 36.21 knots for the distance. Thus a century had passed since an American steamship had won the trans-Atlantic speed record. The return trip of the United States was equally as thrilling and fast. The westward sailing commenced on July 10, and was completed in the short time of 3 days, 12 hours, at an average speed of 34.51 knots. Therefore, the eastward and westward speed records were broken by her famous maiden voyage. Her potential speed is greater than 36 knots. Modifications: Gross tonnage now (1961) listed as 51,987. As of 1960 had accommodation for a total of 1,725 passengers: first, cabin and tourist. Fate: The SS United States completed her last voyage (Number 400) on 7 November 1969, when she arrived in New York. Out of Service 14 November 1969, Laid up in Philadelphia. Note: The SS United States was capable of a top speed of 42 knots at a maximum power output of 240,000 hp (180,000 kW).

 

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Passenger Lists

 

Front Cover, Scandinavian-American Line SS United States Cabin Class Passenger List - 8 February 1912.

1912-02-08 SS United States Passenger List

Cabin Class Passenger List for the SS United States of the Scandinavian America Line, Departing 8 February 1912 from Copenhagen to New York, Commanded by Captain R. Gøtsche.

 

1922-12-12 Passenger Manifest for the SS United States

1922-12-12 SS United States Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List for the SS United States of the Scandinavian America Line, Departing 12 December 1922 from Copenhagen to New York, Commanded by Captain V. Voldborg.

 

Front Cover, SS United States Passenger List - 15 May 1924

1924-05-15 SS United States Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List from the SS United States of the Scandinavian America Line, Departing 15 May 1924 from Copenhagen to New York via Halifax, Commanded by Captain V. Voldrorg.

 

Front Cover of a PLClass Passenger List from the SS United States of the United States Lines, Departing 25 September 1952 from Southampton to New York.

1952-09-25 SS United States Passenger List

Tourist Class Passenger List from the SS United States of the United States Lines, Departing 25 September 1952 from Southampton to New York via Le Havre, Commanded by Captain John W. Anderson, USNR.

 

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Brochures

 

Front Cover, 1912 Brochure "Scandinavia to America," From The Scandinavian-American Line.

1912 - Scandinavian-American Line - Scandinavia to America

50-Page brochure from the Scandinavian-American Line promoting their service from Scandinavia to New York focused on Third Class accommodations and persuading immigrants to cross the Atlantic on one of their steamships. Featured Ships: C. F. Tietgen, Hellig Olav, Oscar II, and United States.

 

Front Cover 1917 Brochure, Scandinavian-American Line Regular Direct Communication Between New York and Scandinavia.

1917 - Scandinavian American Line Direct Services

1917 Brochure covers History, Fleet, Accommodations (First, Second and Third Class), Connections at Ports, Information on Scandinavia and Offices and Agencies. Numerous interior photographs make this brochure exceptional. Featured Ships: Oscar II, Hellig Olav, United States, and Frederik VIII.

 

Brochure Cover, Passenger Service to and from Northern Europe by the Scandinavian American Line.

1920s - Cabin Service to Northern Europe

16-page brochure from Scandinavian-American Line is devoted to their cabin service to and from Northern Europe. It contains information for passengers about their fleet and cabin accommodation. Featured Ships: Oscar II, Hellig Olav, United States, and Frederik VIII.

 

Brochure Cover for the Scandinavian-American Line Tourist Third Cabin from 1928.

1928-02-01 Scandinavian-American Line Tourist Third Cabin

8-Page brochure from the Scandinavian-American Line packs a lot of information and interior photographs of their Tourist Third Cabin accommodations, rates of passage, and other information for passengers. Produced by the New York office for American tourists to Europe. Featured Ships: Oscar II, Hellig Olav, and United States.

 

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Menus

 

Front Cover - SS United States Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare - 22 September 1928

1928-09-22 SS United States Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare and Music Program from 22 September 1928 on board the SS United States of the Scandinavian-American Line featured Fillet of Fish Vin Blanc, Roast Duck with Apple and Prunes, and Pyramid Cake for dessert.

 

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Sailing Schedules

 

Schedules Sailings, New York-Copenhagen-Oslo (Kristiania), from 9 December 1919 to 25 February 1920.

Schedules Sailings, New York-Copenhagen-Oslo (Kristiania), from 9 December 1919 to 25 February 1920. Brief Post World War I Schedule Included the Ships Frederik VIII, United States, and Oscar II. SS Frederik VIII Passenger List, 8 December 1919. GGA Image ID # 1e38b91fa2

 

Sailing Schedule, New York-Copenhagen-Oslo (Kristiania), from 6 August 1920 to 6 January 1921.

Sailing Schedule, New York-Copenhagen-Oslo (Kristiania), from 6 August 1920 to 6 January 1921. Ships Included the Frederik VIII, Hellig Olav, Oscar II, and the United States. SS Frederik VIII Passenger List, 5 August 1920. GGA Image ID # 1e38cf4317

 

Sailing Schedule, New York-Copenhagen-Kristiana (Oslo), from 12 December 1922 to 21 June 1923.

Sailing Schedule, New York-Copenhagen-Kristiana (Oslo), from 12 December 1922 to 21 June 1923. Ships Included the Frederik VIII, Hellig Olav, Oscar II, and United States. SS United States Passenger List, 12 December 1922. GGA Image ID # 1e35f8752b

 

Sailing Schedule, New York-Copenhagen-Kristiana (Oslo), from 15 May 1924 to 8 January 1925.

Sailing Schedule, New York-Copenhagen-Kristiana (Oslo), from 15 May 1924 to 8 January 1925. Ships Included the Frederik VIII, Hellig Olav, Oscar II, and United States. SS United States Passenger List, 15 May 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e368cae44

 

Sailing Schedule, Copenhagen-Oslo-New York, from 14 July 1927 to 5 January 1928.

Sailing Schedule, Copenhagen-Oslo-New York, from 14 July 1927 to 5 January 1928. Ships Included the Frederik VIII, Hellig Olav, Oscar II, and the United States. SS Hellig Olav Passenger List, 23 July 1927. GGA Image ID # 1f450db980

 

Sailing Schedule, Copenhagen-Oslo-New York, from 17 July 1929 to 7 January 1930.

Sailing Schedule, Copenhagen-Oslo-New York, from 17 July 1929 to 7 January 1930. Ships Included the Frederik VIII, Hellig Olav, Oscar II, and United States. SS Hellig Olav Passenger List, 27 July 1929. GGA Image ID # 1e3704a46f

 

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Passage Rates

 

1928 Rate Schedule for Tourist Third Cabin on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States

Rate Schedule for Tourist Third Cabin on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States of the Scandinavian-American Line in effect during 1928. Scandinavian-American Line Tourist Third Cabin, 1928. GGA Image ID # 120ac0cdf1

 

Vintage Postcard of the SS United States of the United States Lines,

Vintage Postcard of the SS United States of the United States Lines, Length 990 FT. GR. Tons 51,821 Largest, Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built in America — the World's Fastest Liner, She Established New Transatlantic Speed Records Eastbound and Westbound on Her Maiden Voyage. This Flagship of the United States Lines Operates in Regular Service Between New York and Europe. United States Lines Also Operates Fast Modern Cargo Ships in Regular Service Between East Coast Ports of the U.S.A. and Europe, Hawaii, Far East, Australia, and New Zealand. nd circa 1951. GGA Image ID # 168141a0c9

 

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Excerpts from Information for Passengers

 

Information for Passengers - 12 December 1922

A bugle is sounded half an hour before and at the beginning of each meal.

  • Breakfast from 8 to 9.30 am
  • Bouillon at 11:30 am (served on deck)
  • Second Breakfast at 12.30 pm
  • Dinner at 6:00 pm
  • Coffee at 3.30 pm (served in dining room)
  • Tea at 9.30 pm

The Bar opens, after departure from port, from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm

Lights are extinguished in the Music Saloon at 11:00 pm and in the Smoking Room 11:30 pm

Seats at Table can be arranged for through the Chief Steward in charge. If two sittings are necessary, children paying half fare take their meals at the second sitting.

Baggage. Questions relating to baggage should be referred to the Deck Officer in charge, who is the Ship’s Baggage Master. Baggage marked “Wanted” is placed in the Baggage room, where Passengers will have access to it from 10 to 11:30 am and from 3 to 4:00 pm daily.

Valuables. In the Purser’s Office the Company has provided a safe in which Passengers may deposit money or other valuables for safe-keeping. As the Company makes no charge for taking care of such articles during the voyage, no responsibility can he accepted for possible loss or damage however such may arise, but Passengers can protect themselves by insurance. The Company is not liable to the Passengers for the loss of valuables kept in the cabins.

Exchange of Money. For the convenience of the Passengers the Purser is prepared to exchange a limited amount of Foreign Money and will give due notice when the Exchange will be open.

Travelers Cheques are accepted in payment of accounts, but the Pursers do not alvays carry funds to enable them to cash same.

Deck Chairs can be rented from the Deck Steward at a charge of $ 1.00 each for the voyage.

Steamer Rugs can be rented from the Deck Steward at a charge of $ 1.00 each for the voyage.

Library. Books can be obtained on applying to the Library Steward.

Physician and Nurse. A Physician and Trained Nurse are in attendance during the voyage. Medicine will be provided free. The Doctor’s office is open from 11:00 am to 12 noon and from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Baths. Baths for ladies can be ordered from the Stewardess; baths for gentlemen can be ordered from the Barber

Telegrams to be dispatched from the first port of call are accepted by the Purser or Chief Steward.

Source: SS United States Passenger List - 12 December 1922

 

Information for Passengers - 15 May 1924

Passengers berthed in cabins Nos 1 — 30 are preferably entitled to seats in Dining Saloon A.

Source: SS United States Passenger List - 15 May 1924

 

Information for Passengers - 25 September 1952

Please complete your Information Form and return it to the Purser's Office as quickly as possible. The information requested in this Form is necessary for passenger manifests, landing cards, and train reservations.

Passengers holding eastbound tickets arc requested to call the nearest Company Office in the United States and Canada as soon as possible after arrival abroad to obtain full particulars about eastbound embarkation, boat train arrangements, and other necessary formalities.

Those undecided about their addresses abroad should furnish this information to the nearest Company Office as soon as possible after arrival so that United States Lines may inform them of potential changes in sailings and any other matters affecting return passage.

If, for any reason, holders of return tickets are unable to travel on the sailings indicated on their tickets, immediate advice should be sent to the Company's nearest office so that United States Lines may resell the accommodations held and other reservations arranged. Otherwise, the passage money may be forfeited.

The addresses of our principal Offices and Agencies are shown elsewhere in this booklet.

Location of Tourist Class Public Rooms and Staterooms

Bridge Deck

  • Open Promenade Deck
  • Sheltered Deck

Promenade Deck

  • Open Promenade Deck
  • Lounge
  • Theatre
  • Reading Room
  • Writing Room

Upper Deck

  • Children's Playroom
  • Barber Shop
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Passenger Staterooms

Main Deck

  • Purser's Office
  • Baggage Office
  • Smoking Room and Bar
  • Passenger Staterooms

"A" Deck

  • Dining Saloon
  • Chief Steward's Office
  • Passenger Staterooms

"B" Deck

  • Doctor's Office and Dispensary (Forward)
  • Passenger Staterooms

"C" Deck

  • Passenger Staterooms

"D" Deck

  • Passenger Staterooms

Two elevators are provided for the exclusive use of Tourist Class Passengers.

Purser's Office—Main Deck Foyer Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Changes in accommodations, if available, are made by the Purser on payment of any difference in fare.

Lost and Found articles may be claimed or left at the Purser's Office.

Chief Steward's Office—"A" Deck

Bellboys

A Bellboy will answer when you ring for service from your room. Your request will be relayed to your Steward or Stewardess whenever necessary.

Baggage Office—Main Deck Foyer

The Baggage Master handles all matters concerning baggage. Liquor brought on board by or for Passengers is not considered baggage. The Company will arrange for such liquor to be kept in the custody of the Baggage Master. He will issue a check against which delivery will be made on the pier simultaneously and place all other baggage assembled for Customs inspection.

The Company does not assume liability for parcels of liquor kept in the stateroom.

Baggage Room—Apply at Baggage Office

The Baggage Room is open for 1 hour each day.

Special arrangements may be made for other hours through the Purser's Office or the Baggage Master.

Barber Shop—Upper Deck

Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., and 2:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Or by Appointment at other hours.

Prices include the following:

  • Shave $ .45
  • Tonic $ .25
  • Shampoo $1.00 and up
  • Haircut $ .90
  • Manicure $ 1.00

Beauty Parlour—Upper Deck

Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., and 2:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Or by appointment at other hours.

Prices include the following:

  • Hair trimming $ .85
  • Manicure $1.00
  • Hair Set $1.50 and up
  • Haircut $1.25
  • Facials $3.00 and up
  • Shampoo $ 1.25 and up

Children's Playroom—Upper Deck

A trained matron is in attendance from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

The Playroom is fully equipped with child-sized furniture, lavatory facilities, and a drinking fountain.

Toys are available for children of all ages, and an assortment of children's books.

Deck Steward—Promenade Deck

Passengers may rent deck chairs for the voyage at S2.00 each and rugs SI.50 each.

The Deck Steward will make available necessary equipment for deck games on request.

Dining Saloon—"A" Deck

The dining hours are:

When One Sitting

  • Breakfast—From 8:00 A.M.
  • Luncheon—From 12:30 P.M.
  • Dinner —From 6:30 P.M.

When Two Sittings

  • 8:00 A.M. and 9:15 A.M.
  • 12:15 P.M. and 1:30 P.M.
  • 6:00 P.M. and 7:15 P.M.

The Chief Steward is in charge of the Dining Saloon and will assign table seatings. The Reservation Desk is located in the Chief Steward's OHice on "A" Deck.

Passengers may make arrangements to continue any special diet desired during the voyage. Passengers are also invited to inform the Dining Room Stewards of their preferences in diet and cooking.

A selection of the finest quality wines from the oldest and best establishments in Europe and the United States is available at moderate prices. The Wine Steward will accept orders.

Doctor (Dispensary) Hospital Area—"B" Deck Forward

Doctor's Hours: 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon. A Registered Nurse is on duty at all times.

The Doctor is authorized to make customary charges for treating illnesses not originating on the voyage. No charge will be made for treating illnesses contracted during the trip.

Electric Baths and Massage—"C" Deck Midship

Appointments may be made by telephone with Attendant-in-Charge. The services of a Masseur and Masseuse are available.

Hours: Women—9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Men—7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M., 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Price List

  • Cabinet Bath. $2.00
  • Shower—Scotch Douche $.50
  • Scrub $1.00
  • Sun Treatment $1.00
  • Rub—Alcohol $.75
  • Rub—Oil $. 1.00
  • Rub—Salt $.50
  • Massage—Local $2.00
  • Massage—General $2.00
  • Massage—Stateroom — $4.00

Interpreters—Apply at Purser's Office

Kennels—Sports Deck Forward

The kennel is located on the Sports Deck. They provide 20 separate air-conditioned "cabins" with wire mesh doors, each equipped with a folding bed, clean blankets, and fresh water. Adjoining is an enclosed exercise run. A trained Kennel Attendant is in charge of the kennels.

Pets are not permitted in staterooms, public rooms, or passenger decks and must be placed in the care of the Kennel Attendant.

Library and Writing Room—Lounge Promenade Deck

A Steward is on duty.

Books and magazines are loaned free of charge.

Passengers may obtain Writing paper, envelopes, and postage stamps from the Library Steward.

Mail Office—Apply at Purser's Office

Mail and packages are typically delivered directly to the rooms of Passengers. Passengers may make inquiries, and forwarding addresses may be left at the Purser's Office.

Night Stewards

Stewards are available at all times during the night.

Photographer—Apply to Lounge Steward or at Purser's Office

An expert Photographer is available to take pictures by appointment. When conditions permit, the Photographer will also develop Passengers' negatives and make prints at reasonable rates.

Radio Office—Radiograms may be sent to the Purser's Office on application.

Passengers may secure information concerning Ship-to-Shore Telephone Service from the Purser's Office.

Cables and telegrams for dispatch arc received at the Purser's Office. They should be handed in at least one hour before the steamer arrives in port. Representatives of the Cable Companies come on board at all ports to accept messages.

Shopping Centre—Apply at Purser's Office

Hours: 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The Interstate Corporation operates the Shopping Centre. An assortment of wearing apparel, drug supplies, perfumes, toilet articles, soap, novelties, souvenir gifts, and other items are available.

Telephone Service

Every passenger stateroom aboard the ship is equipped with a private telephone.

Telephone operators are on duty at all times.

Tobacco Shop—Smoking Room—Main Deck

Practically all brands of cigars and cigarettes are available at moderate prices.

Valet Service—Apply to Bedroom Steward or Bellboy.

The prices for sponging and pressing:

Men's Garments

  • Suit (2 or 3 pieces) $1.25
  • Coat $.75
  • Trousers $.75
  • Top Coat $1.25
  • Overcoat $1.25 and up
  • Tuxedo Suit $1.50
  • Sports Shirt $.50

Women's Garments

  • Blouses and Jackets $ .75
  • Cloaks, Dresses, Gowns - prices on request
  • Skirts—plain $I.00 and up
  • —pleated $1.50 and up
  • —underskirt $1.00
  • Slacks $ .75
  • Suits—plain woolen $1.50 and up
  • Suits—silk $2.00 and up

Shoes will be cleaned and polished if left outside the stateroom door at night.

Air Conditioned Ventilation:

From the outset, the new UNITED STATES was designed for air-conditioned ventilation of all spaces. All air for the ship is first filtered and dehumidified, eliminating dampness, and then brought to the temperature desired. Each stateroom has a thermostat which the occupant can set at any time or change to any reasonable temperature selected—regardless of the temperatures in other parts of the ship. Within every aspect of the ship, you enjoy a constant flow of dry, fresh ocean air with freedom from draught.

Kosher Service:

Complete approved facilities are available aboard the ship for serving Kosher meals. Passengers may arrange for this particular service on application to the Chief Steward.

Gamblers: Professional gamblers are reported as frequently traveling on trans-Atlantic passenger ships. Passengers are warned to take precautions accordingly.

Dictation and Typewriter Facilities—Public Stenographer: The use of a Dictaphone Time-Master is available free of charge on application to the Purser's Office by Passengers who may wish to voice write letters, memos, notes, etc. Transcription service is available aboard the ship. The passenger may retain the plastic mono belt records.

A Remington Noiseless Typewriter Machine Model 7 with the case is available without charge for the use of passengers. The Purser's Office will arrange its delivery to your room upon request.

Passengers may arrange the services of a public stenographer at regular rates during the voyage. One may make appointments by telephone or through the Purser's Office.

Divine Services: Protestant Service is held Sundays at 11:00 A.M. in the Lounge.

Passengers may obtain an altar and equipment for the use of Ministers of the Anglican Communion for Divine Service by applying to the Purser.

Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated in the Lounge. An altar, portable kits, and complete facilities are available for celebrating Holy Mass. These are at the disposal of members of the Clergy by arrangement with the Purser.

Ocean Press News: The latest news and the closing prices of the various Exchanges, received by radio, are printed in this paper, which is published daily and distributed to Passengers without charge.

Ship's Orchestra:

The ship's orchestras are provided by and supervised by Meyer Davis.

Service Clubs: Rotarians, Kiwanians, Lions, and members of other Service organizations are invited to register their names at the Purser's Office so that they may have the opportunity of meeting with other members of their respective organizations aboard ship.

Ship's Time: The ship's clocks keep accurate seagoing time via a synchronous wired system that operates all the clocks and resets them by electrical impulses from master control.

Valuables: A safe is provided in the Purser's Office. Passengers may deposit money, jewelry, or other valuables for safekeeping per the terms of the passenger contract ticket. A receipt for articles so deposited will be issued by the Purser.

Important Notice to Passengers Regarding Safety at Sea

Please do not run on the ship; walk carefully when the deck is wet. Do not wear high heels or shoes with leather heels when playing deck games.

Do not smoke in bed. Ensure cigars, cigarette ends, and matches are extinguished and placed in proper receptacles. Do not throw these overboard, as they may be drawn into open portholes or ventilators.

Do not allow children to run or play unattended or sit or play on stairways. The United States Lines cannot permit using baby carriages and perambulators during the voyage.

Do not move about in darkened rooms; use the lighting facilities.

Do not remove safety hooks from the furniture.

Call the Room Steward or Bellboy to adjust portlights or deadlights.

Use the berth ladder to enter the upper beds. Make sure the ladder is securely placed.

Avoid holding on to the frames of open doors as the ship's movement may cause the door to shut on your hand or fingers.

Do not use electric irons or other appliances in staterooms. Please check with your Bedroom Steward before attempting to use the electric current for any except usual purposes.

The following precautions are essential when the ship is rolling or pitching:

Use the handrails in passageways, stairways, and bathrooms. Hold on to safety ropes, handrails, or secured furniture when crossing open foyers and passing through public rooms.

Do not stroll about the ship unnecessarily. Remain seated on furniture which is secured.

Brace yourself when sitting in a straight-backed chair.

If your chair should move in the Dining Room while at meals, hold on to the table—do not attempt to save table utensils or equipment.

Passengers should familiarize themselves with the Notice in their Staterooms regarding Emergency Station and Life Boat Numbers and participate in the Fire and Boat Drills.

Source: SS United States Passenger List - 25 September 1952

 

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Other Ephemera

 

Identification of the Ships' Officers by their Sleeve Stripes on the United States Lines, 1952.

Identification of the Ships' Officers by their Sleeve Stripes on the United States Lines, 1952. GGA Image ID # 1d59016716

 

Note About New York Taxicabs, Driver Identification and License Plate Information, 1952.

Note About New York Taxicabs, Driver Identification and License Plate Information, 1952. GGA Image ID # 1d5876817d

 

SS United Slates, SS Oscar II, and the SS Heilig Olav.

SS "United Slates," SS "Oscar II," and the SS "Heilig Olav." Three Highly Comfortable and Popular Vessels of the Scandinavian-American Line. GGA Image ID # 120a562452

 

 

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Deck Plans

 

Tourist Third Cabin Plan—Upper Deck—S.S. United States, S.S. Oscar Ii, S.S. Heilig Olav.

Tourist Third Cabin Plan—Upper Deck—SS United States, SS Oscar II, SS Heilig Olav. Tourist Third Cabin Brochure, 1928. GGA Image ID # 120ae90641

 

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Books

 

Front Cover, The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners, 1984.

The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners - 1984

Some 200 superb photographs—in long shots and close-ups—capture exquisite interiors of world's great "floating palaces"—1890s to 1980s: Titanic, Île de France, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Europa, more. Informative captions provide key details.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of the SS United States

Picture History of the SS United States

An international authority on ocean liners and the author of more than 45 books on the subject, William Miller has had a lifelong love affair with these magnificent ships--including the SS United States. Like many of this ship's loyal following, Miller was awed by its size, beautiful lines, aura of glamour, and speed. (Its maiden voyage in 1952 was a record-breaking one.) All these elements are captured in a book that pays tribute to this symbol of brilliant maritime technology.

 

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Photographs

 

GGA Image ID # 12336adfe9

SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States of the Scandinavian-American Line. Scandinavia to America, 1912. GGA Image ID # 12336adfe9

 

First Cabin Music Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States.

First Cabin Music Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 121058706c

 

First Class Ladies' Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States.

First Class Ladies' Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 1210f7d390

 

First Cabin Writing Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States.

First Cabin Writing Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 1211020994

 

First Cabin Smoking Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States.

First Cabin Smoking Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 12113f556d

 

First Cabin Two-Berth Stateroom on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States.

First Cabin Two-Berth Stateroom on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 1212c32119

 

First Class Passengers Play Shuffleboard on the Upper Promenade Deck, SS United States.

First Class Passengers Play Shuffleboard on the Upper Promenade Deck, SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 12102b02dd

 

Second Cabin Dining Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States.

Second Cabin Dining Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 1213370fea

 

Second Cabin Smoking Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States.

Second Cabin Smoking Room on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 1dd86e2762

 

Second Cabin Two-Berth Stateroom on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States.

Second Cabin Two-Berth Stateroom on the SS Oscar II, SS Hellig Olav, and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 1212c87f49

 

Second Cabin Ladies' Room on the SS Hellig Olav and SS United States.

Second Cabin Ladies' Room on the SS Hellig Olav and the SS United States. Direct Services, New York to Scandinavia, 1917. GGA Image ID # 1213191716

 

Second Cabin Ladies' Room.

Second Cabin Ladies' Room on the "Oscar II," "United States," and "Hellig Olav". Cabin Service to Northern Europe, 1920s. GGA Image ID # 11cc85dc1e

 

Modern Comfort Photo Collage.

Modern Comfort Photo Collage. The top picture is of a private suite sitting room, on "Frederik VIII." On the left, a two-berth, cabin stateroom on "Heilig Olav" and "United States" is shown, with the Chambre-Deluxe on "Oscar II" at the right. The four berth room below is a second cabin stateroom on "Frederik VIII." Cabin Service to Northern Europe, 1920s. GGA Image ID # 11cdecb783

 

SS United States on Maiden Voyage from Southampton, Photo Taken Near Portsmouth, 1952.

SS United States on Maiden Voyage from Southampton, Photo Taken Near Portsmouth, 1952. GGA Image ID # 1e372655ea

 

The SS United States of the United States Lines at Sea, Early 1950s.

The SS United States of the United States Lines at Sea, Early 1950s. GGA Image ID # 1e37dbb10b

 

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Route Maps, Track Charts, Abstract of Logs

 

Track Chart Showing the Atlantic Route Taken by the Scandinavian-American Line.

Track Chart Showing the Atlantic Route Taken by the Scandinavian-American Line. Scandinavia to America, 1912. GGA Image ID # 12391e183d

 

Route Map of the Scandinavian American Line. New York-Kristiansand-Oslo-Copenhagen.

Route Map of the Scandinavian American Line. New York-Kristiansand-Oslo-Copenhagen. Cabin Service to Northern Europe, 1920s. GGA Image ID # 11cafc4dbf

 

Sketch Map Showing Scandinavia and Central Europe.

Sketch Map Showing Scandinavia and Central Europe. Tourist Third Cabin Brochure, 1928. GGA Image ID # 120c8d089d

 

Facts About the S.S. United States (1951)

  • Length: 990 feet
  • Breadth: 101 feet 6 inches
  • Depth: Keel to top of superstructure 122 feet; Keel to top of forward funnel: 175 feet
  • Number of decks: 12
  • Propulsion: Steam Turbine, Quadruple Screw
  • Speed: More than 30 knots
  • Gross tonnage: 53,330
  • Total passenger beds: 2,000
  • Total crew: 1,000
  • Keel laid: February 8, 1950
  • Launched: June 23, 1951
  • Builders: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia
  • Naval Architects: Gibbs and Cox, Inc., New York, N. Y.
  • Interior Architects: Eggers and Higgins, New York, N. Y.
  • Interior Decorators: Smyth, Urquhart and Marckwald, New York, N. Y.

 

The Murals and Decorations on the SS United States

Many noted American artists have contributed to decorating the new SS UNITED STATES.

The two main themes of the decorative art are the elements, particularly the sea and Americana.

In the Dining Room, Erica Egan has created charming and amusing murals painted on aluminum, using 18th-century sailors as their theme.

Each wall has three " floating " shapes: the central theme and two smaller ones. On the shapes, she has painted thin line drawings of sailors, ships, shells, and other nautical motifs in charcoal color.

Original watercolors of ducks by Roy Mason, framed in metal, decorate the Lounge's walls.

The works of other American artists decorate First Class and Cabin Class public rooms in the SS UNITED STATES.

 

Direct Transfer at Le Havre and Southampton

from Ship to Train and from Train to Ship

At Le Havre: The SS UNITED STATES docks on all westbound and eastbound voyages at Quai Johannes Couvert, a covered pier of post-war construction. 'The Special Boat Trains to and from Gare St. Lazare, Paris, leave directly from and arrive directly on Quai Johannes Couvert, permitting shipside transfer from ship to train and from train to ship, of Passengers and their baggage, under cover at all times. Train time between Havre and Paris is approximately 3 hours.

Rail tickets and reservations on the Special Boat Train from Havre to Paris should be arranged at the Purser's Office aboard the ship early during the eastbound voyage.

At Southampton: The SS UNITED STATES docks on all westbound and eastbound voyages at the Ocean Terminal or Berth 107/108, Western Docks. The Special Boat Trains to and from Waterloo Station, London, leave directly and arrive at the shipside. Train time between Southampton and London is approximately 2 hours.

Rail tickets and reservations on the Special Boat Train to London should be arranged at the Purser's Office aboard the ship early during the eastbound voyage.

The SS UNITED STATES sails westbound from Southampton via Havre to New York. It returns eastbound from New York to Havre and Southampton.

 

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