As part of its “We Are the United States” Campaign, the the Conservancy is offering unique, limited-edition “We Are the United States” tee-shirts in partnership with Booster.com.
Available in all sizes from youth XS to adult 4X, these 100% cotton tees will help us raise crucial funds for our $500,000 campaign goal. Available for only $25 plus shipping for a limited time. These campaign shirts will only be produced if we can reach our goal of 150 , so please help us spread the word! Learn more about the campaign at www.wearetheunitedstates.org, or purchase your shirt today!
Limited Edition T-shirts [featuring the SS United States’ iconic funnels and former cadet Captain Alex Keisch!] — $25+ shipping
Purchase one of these popular t-shirts before they’re sold out. This is a limited-time offer. When they’re gone, they’re gone!
SS United States Conservancy Apparel on CafePress — $15.99–$44.99
Our CafePress store is the place to go for fabulous wardrobe items for SS United States fans, such as tee-shirts, chef’s aprons, caps, polo shirts, tank tops, and sweatshirts! The hundreds of available items feature images of the SS United States created by some of the nation’s finest maritime artists and talented graphic designers, including Stefanie Biddle, David Boone, Jim Flood, George Gaadt, Peter Hunt, Don Libretta, Robert Semler, and Donald Stoltenberg.
Hand-Painted SS United States Ornament — $25.00
This beautiful item is hand-painted by Mike Riehl, aka The Ornament Guy, and has been designed exclusively for the SS United States Conservancy. Ornament is 2 5/8″ diameter, and each ornament will be signed, numbered, and dated. All ornaments are made to order, so please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. USPS delivery within the Continental United States only (please email us for shipments outside of the Continental US). Item is shipped in a box with tissue paper.
SS United States Replica Key Tags — $19.52
These key tags are exact replicas of the passenger stateroom tags used on the SS United States. Made in the USA to the same exacting standards as the original fobs, these are solid aluminum measuring 3 1/4 inches long (excluding the ring) and 1/8 inch thick. Laser etched text injected with durable ink. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Conservancy.
SS United States Wristbands — $6.50–$8.60
These wristbands, designed and sold by Conservancy member Carl Wesch, are high-quality silicone with durable-ink-injected text and logos. 100% of the proceeds from sales are pledged to the Conservancy.
SS United States Tribute Pen — $100.00
Robert Stebbins has created this beautiful pen as a tribute to the SS United States. It’s made of a white acrylic polished to a high gloss, with chrome and satin metal fittings reminiscent of the ship’s interior trim. The image of the ship, deeply engraved into the acrylic, is from the guest cards used on board during Big U’s transatlantic-service days. The Parker ink refill is available from any office supply store in a variety of inks and tip sizes. $25 from the sale of each pen will be donated to the SS United States Conservancy.
Ocean Liner Lapel Pins — $5.00–$15.00
Conservancy member James Ducker offers beautifully crafted ocean liner lapel pins. The sale of each SS United States pin helps support the Conservancy’s efforts to Save Our Ship.
SS United States Conservancy Items on CafePress — $5.00–$42.99
The SS United States Conservancy offers a great range of items on CafePress, like coffee mugs, holiday cards, magnets, and clocks! New! Bumper Stickers & License Plate Frames now available.
Tow Boat: A Commemorative DVD Featuring the SS United States in New York Harbor — $20 including shipping and handling
This commemorative DVD features footage shot in New York harbor in 1968 by Chicago Films, an independent film company whose principals were Charter Weeks, Gavin MacFadyen and Richard Singer. Charter Weeks then restored the “work print” — the first complete print from the original edit intended to be a proof for final corrections — to create this DVD.
This serendipitous historical document vividly transmits the working life of the SS United States from the past into the present moment. Only a limited quantity were made, so purchase yours before they disappear!
SS United States: The View From Down Below by Robert C. Sturm — $39.95
Robert Sturm worked on the SS United States as an engineer, hence the title: “the view from down below.” In this fantastic book he offers “an insider’s view of the history, construction, operation, and ‘secrets’ of this magnificent vessel,” as well as numerous photos — many of which were taken by the author. To order, contact the author at the following address: Robert C. Sturm, 27 Pebble Beach Road, Medford NY 11763. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eminent maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham has yet again produced a profusely illustrated tribute, this one to America’s most famous and historic liner. In his latest book, he documents the SS United States, her design, construction, and seventeen years of impeccable service. He introduces us to dozens of passengers, famous and infamous, as well as captains and crew. The last great American ocean liner, the SS United States could be converted to a 14,000-man troop carrier and was capable of attaining a speed of over 40 knots. This book with over 200 color illustrations is a must-have for any fan. Note: This book is currently being offered at a 36% discount through Amazon. Also, place any Amazon order through smile.amazon.com, and your purchase benefits the Conservancy.
SS United States by Andrew Britton — $34.95
Complete with deck plans, newspaper coverage, and accounts from log books and ship records, this history covers the SS United States’ active service from 1952 to 1969, when she dominated the seas of Atlantic. The astonishing operational capacity of this national icon of the United States—with her red, white, and blue funnels; sleek streamlined hull; and silver-coated fittings—was shrouded in secrecy in case she was ever required to be converted to a troop carrier. Andrew Britton presents a revealing insight into the record-breaking liner, her epic maiden voyage, and how she performed in the secret sea trials. Compiled from a wealth of previously unpublished material drawn from the author’s own unparalleled collection and others from around the world, this special commemorative book is packed with such ephemera as tickets, timetables, menus, keys, luggage labels, gala invitations, and pennants, as well as historical color photography from both sides of the Atlantic, including the maiden voyage departure from New York. Use the promo code USS2012 at checkout and a portion of the sale price will be donated to the SS United States Conservancy.
SS United States Interiors in Color by the SS United States Conservancy Legacy Project — $38.95 (soft cover), $47.95 (hard cover)
The Conservancy Legacy Project, in cooperation with The Mark Perry Collection and Blurb.com, has launched an exciting new line of books highlighting the irreplaceable legacy of our national flagship, the SS United States. Our first published book is a gorgeous reproduction of a United States Lines promotional publication featuring full color photographs of the ship’s fabulous mid-century modern interiors.
The powerful documentary directed by Robert Radler and produced by Conservancy Board Member Mark Perry. This stirring film tells the story of the SS United States: her conception, her record-breaking career, her fade into obscurity and the recent interest in her preservation. A must for any SS United States supporter!
Although the DVD may appear to be “temporarily out of stock” on the Amazon page, more copies are still available. You will not be charged for your order until Amazon receives additional inventory and your DVD is ready to ship to you.
Below (2003) DVD — $20.00
Robert Wogan’s fascinating 55-minute walk-through of the SS United States‘ long-abandoned engine rooms.
The Way She Was (1984) — $20.00
A historic, 45-minute video walk-through of the SS United States, videotaped while the “Big U” was opened to the public for inspection before her contents were sold in 1984. The video was produced by a professional cameraman and, because of it’s historical significance, has had minimal editing.
The Big Ship: The Story of the SS United States by Frank Braynard — $19.95
Follow Frank Braynard, one of the great American maritime historians, as he chronicles the life of the S.S. United States, the incredible feat of engineering that still holds the westbound speed record on the North Atlantic. This book stands as a tribute of her maiden voyage, a celebration of her recent rescue efforts by the Conservancy, and an inspiration for future generations to restore the legacy of the greatest ocean liner this country has ever built.
A Man and His Ship by Steven Ujifusa — $17.00
William Francis Gibbs was an American original, on par with John Roebling of the Brooklyn Bridge and Frank Lloyd Wright of Fallingwater. He spent forty years dreaming of the ship that became the S.S. United States. He loved his ship, the idea of it, and the realization of it, and he devoted himself to making it the epitome of luxury travel during the triumphant post–World War II era. Biographer Steven Ujifusa brilliantly describes the way Gibbs worked and how his vision transformed an industry. A Man and His Ship is a tale of ingenuity and enterprise, a truly remarkable journey on land and sea.
The Last Great Race by Lawrence M. Driscoll — $35.00
In The Last Great Race, author Larry Driscoll thoroughly explains the personality and character of the vessel’s designer, William Francis Gibbs, and through historic records and communications, describes the rivalry between Cunard and United States Lines, including Cunard’s attempts to stop funding of the American superliner. Larry Driscoll is also author of an earlier book about the S.S. America.
The Conservancy is excited to share an extraordinary new painting by world-renowned marine artist Robert G. Lloyd entitled, “A Race to the Finish.” Prints of the painting, which features the SS United States and RMS Queen Mary returning side-by-side to New York, are available now in two sizes.
The painting depicts two of the most famous of the great transatlantic liners. In their heyday, these great ships represented the only way to cross from the United States to Europe, but by 1957 their time was drawing to a close. In 1953, the de Havilland Comet became the first commercial jet airliner to operate regular service across the Atlantic, marking the start of the era of air travel, and the death knell for age of the luxury transatlantic liner.
Limited edition prints are now available at two sizes, 24 x 20 inches (image area 20 x 14 inches) and a larger size of 20×30 inches (image area 27 x 17 inches). Both prints are produced on high quality, heavy weight, acid-free paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered by the artist, and includes a signed and numbered certificate of provenance.
Prints are dispatched via tracked airmail, and are $137.00 inclusive for the smaller size and $187.00 for the larger size. The total run is only 70 prints for the smaller size and 50 prints for the larger size, so be sure to place your order today! 25% of the proceeds from print sales will be donated to the SS United States Conservancy and directly support efforts to save the SS United States. To order please contact the artist directly at email@example.com
SS United States Fine Art Prints by Tony Strublic — $60 – $185
Maritime artist Tony Strublic specializes in fine black graphite pencil drawings of ocean liners, including the SS United States. His work has won awards at the Sault Ste. Marie Summer Arts Festival and the Waterfront Arts Festival. His drawings have also been displayed at the Alberta House Gallery and been featured in international magazines.
Tony Strublic has pledged to donate 30 percent of the proceeds from sales of prints of the SS United States to the Conservancy.
Midnight Funnels by Maria Mijares — $750.00
Once a 2-year old passenger, artist Maria Mijares has turned her focus to help save the SS United States. Her painting, Midnight Funnels, is now available for purchase as a giclée. In an exclusive offer, 50% of profit for each sale of this reproduction will be donated to the SS United States Conservancy.
Midnight Funnels and other resulting paintings were included in a recent one-woman exhibition at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, entitled Immortal Structures: Here & There — After. Giclee is 18″ x 32″ on canvas. Giclée will arrive signed, rolled in a tube with Certificate of Authenticity.
The SS United States Departing New York Harbor depicts the Big U set against the historic towers of downtown Manhattan in the early years of her career, her vast hull gleaming in the late afternoon sun.
The SS United States At Sea depicts the vessel forging through the waves on her sea trials. The ship achieved the incredible speed of 38 knots on her trials in 1952 and she then smashed the trans-Atlantic speed record on her maiden voyage, a record that stands to this day. This painting was displayed on a 1997 episode of the sitcom Frasier.
These giclée prints are individually hand-printed using durable acid-free art paper (exceeding density of 250 gsm), museum quality canvas and UV-stable inks. The print size is 18″ x 24″ and the image size is 14.5″ x 22″. Each print is signed by the artists and has a unique recorded ID number.
For every print sold, James Flood will contribute $15.00 to the SS United States Conservancy. (Please make sure that you note on your order that you are a Conservancy supporter.)
SS United States Fine Art Prints by Robert C. Semler — $75.00–$175.00
Maritime artist Robert Semler has specialized in painting the luxury liner SS United States for many years, including portrayals of both the ship in her service career and during her subsequent years in layup. Prints are available in Gilcée digital archival prints and/or lithographs and original paintings where noted.
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Grand Liner Lounge Antiques & Collectibles — Various Prices
Grand Liner Lounge has a large array of collectibles, antiques, and memorabilia from the golden age of ocean liners, including many items from the SS United States. With any purchase from their collection of vintage United States Lines memorabilia, 10% is donated to the Conservancy’s efforts to save the SS United States!
SS United States Commemorative Coin — $25.00
The front of this beautiful commemorative coin features a 3D relief of the SS United States during her service career, as seen in one of Bill DiBenedetto’s photographs. The reverse of the coin displays the Conservancy’s color logo and web site. The 1.75″ 3.5mm coins are produced by Gray Water Ops, a company that is 100% veteran-owned and operated. Each coin comes in a small velvet bag, perfect for gift-giving! 100% of the proceeds benefit the Conservancy. (Please click here for international orders.)