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SS United States: Lady in Waiting

SS United States: Lady in Waiting

The Saga of a Maritime Marvel
Saturday, April 10 at 9:00pm

WTTW National Productions is proud to present Big Ship Films, LLC's SS United States: Lady in Waiting, an original one-hour documentary profiling the once iconic 20th century ocean liner. This groundbreaking documentary premiered on public television stations nationwide in May 2008 through American Public Television.

SS United States: Lady in Waiting has been in development for more than a decade, and is truly a labor of love for the film's award-winning production team. The film follows the ship's journey from its status as being a mid-20th century technological and design marvel to a largely-forgotten relic – a ship that was abruptly laid up in 1969.

The one-hour documentary, shot in high-definition, takes the viewer on a fascinating journey of discovery about and aboard the SS United States. The program features compelling interviews with crew and passengers, archival footage, and reveals the ship's top secret design and capabilities. The ship still holds the east and westbound transatlantic passenger ship speed record for a vessel of its size, and deserves preservation and recognition as a national treasure.

Amazingly, the ship still exists, moored and seemingly derelict at a pier in Philadelphia, where the production team has been allowed access to examine her current state and explore the concept that she might again sail the seas.

Learn more about the SS United States and the documentary by visiting

Photos by Big Ship Films.

In this vintage publicity photograph, passengers bid New York a festive "bon voyage!" (Mark Perry Collection)

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor preferred the SS United States. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Anderson)

The ship's mid-century modern interiors are long gone. (Mark Perry Collection)

SS United States Souvenir Log

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