A cruise to remember.

"-----passengers couldn’t believe the predicament they were in. Many discovered that faulty plumbing had flooded their cabins. Beds lacked bedsheets—and often mattresses, too. Toilets refused to flush. While dismayed passengers darted around trying to find a spot to settle, so did a phalanx of cockroaches and rats. S.S. America, one woman later said, was a “floating garbage can.” Bad as the cabins were, the factor that tipped anger into chaos was this: at least 100 paying passengers never found cabins at all. Homeless at sea." https://www.history.com/news/cruise-ship-nightmare-ss-america-mutiny?fbclid=IwAR3M3JLRoCSiDZYlPRI00pmqe31MRcL3UvCM_SZskyhvVBxyGnFyXKg3Fz8

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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.



When I first posted this I was thinking that the S.S. America was one of those passenger transports which ended up being converted and stationed in Hawaii, serving as a cruise ship there for years and years. During many of our Hawaiian visits we would see at least one of those cruise ships at the Tower Pier on the way to or from the Waikiki Airport. That enterprise went under due 9/11. The historical chronology that I posted said nothing about this bit of history involving the S.S. America. And for good reason, the America wasn't one of those Hawaiian ships. It was the S.S. Independence and the S.S. Constitution.

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