Following the maiden voyage of the passenger vessel SS United States in July 1952, on which she easily bettered by four knots the existing transatlantic speed records from Ambrose Light to Bishop Rock and return, the curiosity of the marine world was aroused to know the maximum speed capability of the phenomonal vessel. William Francis Gibbs, the architect of the United States, had other ideas, however, and the top speed performance of the vessel, and the details as to how it was attained, remain today a well kept secret. Since the ship is now retired from the United States Lines, and is no longer viewed as a potential naval auxiliary in case of an emergency, security has been lifted and such information can now be released. This information, although historic, is to some degree timely nonetheless, since it represents a yardstick with which to measure the performance and potential of the large fast cellular-type containerships which are beginning to rival in size and approach in speed that attained in 1952 by the SS United States.

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    • Presented at the November 3, 1977 meeting of the Hampton Roads Section of SNAME.
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    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Kane, J R
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

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  • Accession Number: 00174301
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1978 12:00AM