“One of the finest documentaries of its kind ever made.” – Bill Miller, Maritime Historian
Take a journey of discovery to learn about this fabled liner’s story from her top-secret design and construction to her star-studded glamorous heyday to her gradual decline into obscurity. Featuring interviews by Walter Cronkite, LeRoy Neiman, William Miller, Jr. and many other notable former passengers and crew. Combining never before seen archival footage and compelling interviews with crew and passengers, SS United States: Lady in Waiting tells the story of what many consider to be the greatest American ocean liner of all time. Originally designed to be a secret weapon in the Cold War disguised as a luxurious passenger liner, SS United States was completely fireproof and the largest and fastest passenger vessel ever constructed in her namesake’s country. The brainchild of United States Lines president, John M. Franklin and the 20th Century’s preeminent naval architect, William Francis Gibbs, she was the pride of America during her flawless service career from 1952 to 1969. SS United States: Lady in Waiting serves as a fitting tribute to this great ship as she awaits a triumphal return to her rightful place in American history.
Special Features include: Expanded Interviews – Celebrity Anecdotes – Photo Gallery – Lesson Plan/ Guidebook – Excerpts from Below, a short film shot by Robert Wogan in the ship’s engine room – Never before seen 16mm color home movies of the 1952 Maiden Voyage. Widescreen, 5.1 Surround Sound, 57 minutes.