Transmission 30: Tony Strublic

Courtesy of Tony Strublic.

Courtesy of Tony Strublic.

I didn’t really begin to study the SS United States until 2014 when the late Jordan Morris, former chair of the SS United States Conservancy Southeastern Chapter, commissioned me to draw a bow-on image of the liner. That was when I began to study her physical appearance as well as her history.

The element of her history that stood out most to me was her quest to be the fastest liner ever, and to bring home the Blue Riband and Hales Trophy. The mere fact that she is still around, and has no hull issues to this day, gives her even more prestige. There are very few links to the grand history of ocean liner travel. Even in a static state, the ship still can—and will—have meaning for generations to come. She is a symbol of national pride.

– Tony Strublic, Maritime Artist