A sailor watches the maiden voyage in 1952

The famous luxury passenger ship S. S. United States has been saved from the scrapper thanks to a million dollar pledge being made by Philadelphian philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest.

The much-loved ship, which has its own conservation group, has received financial support from notable figures including Bill Clinton in the past, he once enjoyed a cruise aboard the ship during the 1960s.

Several American news groups, including USA today and the Wall Street journal reported yesterday that a deal had been struck between Norwegian Cruise Lines and the Conservancy to save the ship.

British Pathé filmed the maiden voyage of the S. S. United States in 1952. The video clip in the British Pathé film archive is called ‘Blue Riband First Try’. Grace Kelly, a close friend of the British Pathé team, was another regular guest aboard the luxury ship.


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