A cruise to remember.
S. S. United States-----Not too late to invest in a piece of history, before the scrap yard gets it that is:
"Inspired by the service of the British liners RMS Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, which transported hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops to Europe during War ll, the US government sponsored the construction of a large and fast merchant vessel that would be capable of transporting large numbers of soldiers. Designed by an American naval architect, the liner's construction was a joint effort by the US Navy and the United States Lines. The U.S. taxpayers underwrote $50 million of the $78 million construction cost, with the ship's prospective operators, United States Lines, contributing the remaining $28 million. In exchange, the ship was designed to be easily converted in times of war to a troopship."
The advent of the turbojet engine rendered all North Atlantic common carriage passenger transportation by sea to the dustbin of history. Ocean liner transportation was "cool" but not as inviting as traveling from the United States to Europe in the sky. By 1969, nobody needed ships because of airplanes, and the SS United States went out of commission. Most everything worth saving from the ship was auctioned off by the 1980s. In the ‘90s, it stayed in Ukraine and Turkey for a while to have asbestos removed and by 1996, perhaps for the first time but certainly not the last, the SS United States was headed for the scrap heap.