Feb 8, 2016 — NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: THE WORLD’S FASTEST OCEAN LINER MAY BE RESTORED TO SAIL AGAIN

The SS United States docked in Philadelphia. Photo by Stephen Mallon.

The SS United States docked in Philadelphia. Photo by Stephen Mallon.

National Geographic perfectly captures the SS United States‘ magnificence and historical significance in a beautifully-illustrated story written by Robert Kunzig and photographed by Stephen Mallon.

“If the United States were a building, it would be a National Historical Landmark. If it were an airplane, it would be in the Smithsonian. Because it’s an ocean liner -— and surely one of the most beautiful, with its gracile lines and stacks swept back as if by the wind — it’s tied up at a pier on the Delaware River, between freighters offloading fruit and cocoa. When you stand on its bow today, you gaze not at foaming Atlantic breakers but across Christopher Columbus Boulevard at a Longhorn Steakhouse and a Lowe’s home improvement store…Against all odds, it now has a chance to return to sea.”

Read the National Geographic article HERE.