Saturday, November 14, 2009

The United States has seen better Days

This is the S.S. United States. I sits rusting away in Philadelphia. A stark contrast to when it was a luxury liner breaking speed records across the Atlantic in the early 1950's.

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32 comments:

  1. Maybe the ship can be recycled and good will come from it again.

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  2. A superberb shot. I once spent 8 days on the USNS General Morrie Rose. Was pretty happy to be back on dry land.

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  3. It could be used in PI for night time hang outs...Perfect in mono James.

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  4. This picture really brings back a memory. In 1958, when my parents and I came to America, our ship was passed by the SS United States. Known for its speed, it made it to New York 4 days before us, however, our ship was damaged, mid Atlantic, by Hurricane Helene.
    It was such a grand ship back then, it's sad to see it less than ship shape.
    Excellent picture, James.
    Sunny :)

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  5. She is still very beautiful in her own way. A lovely photo, perfect for monochrome.

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  6. Kind of shows why it's a bit of a daft idea to name a ship after a country. Now that it's older and decaying it's not quite sending the same message about the US, is it?

    Makes for a great shot though.

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  7. How the mighty are fallen. Seems like a metaphor for the times.

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  8. Very dramatic and emotive picture.

    Lots to look at and linger over.

    Lucy

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  9. Thanks for greetings and many the same to your wife for tomorrow.

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  10. It is a tragedy to see these proud ships lying around, rusting and losing their dignity. Monochrome is definitely right here.

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  11. Old ships and old aircraft, it's sad to see them in this state. I like the shot.

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  12. Gorgeous B&W James!
    I think she looks beautiful and I can hear her whisper stories from the past.

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  13. Seems a picture of those years: beautiful shot, great idea on monochrome!

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  14. James, I thoroughly enjoy what you see. Nice monochrome shot.

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  15. Hi James,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and your comment. AND for serving your country.

    The 8 days I spent on it was compounded by my being only 8 years old at the time, making it seem like 8 months. This from the perspective of an 8 year old child inside a tin can...not allowed on deck AT all, except for lifeboat drills. Constant rocking...brother constantly tossing his soda crackers which Mom made us eat first thing in the morning.

    I am positive your experience was a lot different than mine. ;) Your's was duty ... mine was to get from the US to Germany. I should write a entry about that sometime, I am sure my Mom would read it and point out all sorts of inaccurate memories. Whether they are hers or mine (the inaccurate memories) would be tough to debate - but perhaps more of a 'point of view' issue. :)

    Good man!

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  16. Ahhh the poor thing. She looks like she was a beauty at one time. :) Great photo :)

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  17. A huge chimney is impressive.

    It is the splendid work which can feel a sign of the glory.

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  18. Do they give tours on the boat. It could be a great museum.

    Great photo. I was thinking of all the old photos of ships in the past. The black and white photo was perfect for the age of the ship.

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  19. It looks great in black and white.

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  20. You know how much I love boats. I like this picture very much! the lines of the boats , her shape, says imediately that it's a 50 ies boat. The B&W paays a beautyful tribute to her. I'm always so sad, really, to see such a marvel rusting!States never protect enough their maritime history, a thing that I'm fighting for every day...

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  21. Beautiful and sad at the same time. Great shot.

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  22. It's a beautiful ship and I liked this B&W picture!
    Léia

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  23. What a faded beauty it is. I wonder if it´s possible to walk on the deck of the boat. There could be more great views.

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  24. This is a fine shot, with so many patterns and so much to see.
    How sad, though, to see such a once-proud ship so neglected.

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  25. It's still an impressive size of ship!! I suppose it's had its day - it does look forlorn, though.

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  26. Nice one James. The old girl looks better in B&W.

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  27. You have managed to make it look like an old phorography. I'm not sure if it was intentional but it suits well with the motif.

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  28. «Louis» wishes this fabulous ship could be restored. It's really sad to see this graceful liner rot like this.

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