Saving the SS United States
July 2, 2014
Guests: Susan Gibbs, Steven Ujifusa
The SS United States has sat decaying on Philadelphiaâ€™s Delaware River Waterfront for nearly 20 years.Â A staggering engineering achievement, on her 1952 maiden voyage, she broke the record for the fastest transatlantic crossing. Her decks were graced by a glitzy roster of passengers, including Marilyn Monroe, Walt Disney and the Kennedy family. William Francis Gibbs took 40 years to fulfill his dream of designing the worldâ€™s fastest, finest ocean liner. But his visionary work could soon be lost. We talk to Gibbsâ€™ granddaughter, SUSAN GIBBS, Executive Director of the SS United States Conservancy and STEVEN UJIFUSA, historian and author ofÂ A Man and His Ship: Americaâ€™s Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States.