What with the increasingly dire state of our world and, most importantly to me, as an American, the United States of America….I couldn’t help but see a metaphor in the recent photo of the iconic ocean liner, SS United States (top photo)….in comparison to the striking graphic of her in an earlier day (bottom image).
The SS United States is now in a fight for her life as a final effort is underway to save her from the scrapyard….and [I know, a tad melodramatic….but true!] the dustbin of history.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, SS United States was the fastest, most technologically advanced and, arguably, most beautiful, ocean liner crossing the Atlantic between Europe and the United States.
But, with the advent of abundant jet travel between the continents in the late 1960s, the ship was no longer economical to operate, and she was retired….languishing in search of a new place in American society….and the world….ever since.
Much like the United States of America has declined through the past few decades, so has this once-remarkable and symbolic vessel.
I can only hope and pray both Nation and ship will find new beginnings and shine once again….
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»Note: Should you wish to learn more, or help, in the effort to save this iconic ship, detailed information and history can be found at the website for the SS United States Conservancy [« CLICK here to save America’s flagship….]