The Legacy Project: Love, SS United States Style

The Legacy Project is an on-going initiative aimed at collecting, preserving, and archiving photographs, visual materials, and the stories related to passengers and crew who traveled in, helped build, and/or served aboard our nation’s flagship, the SS United States. For more information, visit our website. Want to share your story? Email us at info@ssusc.org.

David and Carole Larson with the SS United States in the background. Pier 86, New York City.

David and Carole Larson with the SS United States in the background. Pier 86, New York City.

In 1955 artist David Henning Larson greeted his bride-to-be, Carole Hill, as she arrived from England aboard the SS United States. David and Carole Larson were married 50 years until his death in 2007. Carole still resides in Maine where the couple had lived for over 35 years. A large collection of David’s paintings are on permanent display at the Larson Studio & Gallery at South Penobscot, Maine. (Update: The Larson Studio & Gallery is now closed, for more information on where you can see David’s work, visit the Larson Studio website.)

The photo above was taken by David’s father, renowned NYC-based photographer, Frank Oscar Larson. Thanks for Frank’s eye (and lens), such casual moments in American history have been captured.

Special thanks to Carole and David’s son, Soren for sharing his grandfather’s photo, and to Paul Stipkovich for producing this lovely story.