In the mid 1950’s I saw the United States and the Queen Elizabeth in New York City on the same day. The United States always had a reputation for being well maintained, and she looked great. So good, thatĀ even a nine-year-old kid like meĀ noticed. In her day, in addition to being the fastest ocean liner ever built, she was also one of the most beautiful. Now? Things are looking grim, but not hopeless. There may be a second act.

Queen Elizabeth (then):





United States (then and now):



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The Big U (In the future?):

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Queen Elizabeth 2 arrives at Philadelphia for the first time on April 25. 1982. A step back from the previous generation, but still a nice looking ship.