Building The SS America

I was digging through my library for blogfodder and I came upon this book about ship fitting.

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I was going to post about how ships were designed and built when I realized that in some ways the book was a building diary for the SS America, built at Newport News Shipbuilding just before WW2.

Taking the lines off the model

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Starting the frames and plating.

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Floor plating

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Lower bulkheads

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Second deck.

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Main deck.

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Adding bulkheads and superstructure

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Almost complete.

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Preparation for launch.

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Fitting out.

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Trials

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And delivery to the owners.

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A video on the ship’s timeline

Some links.

http://united-states-lines.org/history-2/

http://laststandonzombieisland.com/tag/ss-america/

http://www.ssaustralis.com/enter.htm

http://www.ssamerica.bplaced.net/index-en.html

Fairly recent article from the Newport news Daily Press.

http://www.dailypress.com/features/history/our-story/dp-newport-news-shipbuilding-launched-landmark-passenger-liner-ss-america-75-years-ago-20140828-photogallery.html

British Pathe news service on the launch

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/new-us-liner-launched

When The US Built Ships

The US has, by and large, given up on shipbuilding.  Which is sad because the rest of the world uses the techniques in this video.

Somehow the greatest generations didn’t seem to function with the same limitations that we have to live with.

A Great Ship

The SS United States.

I was stunned one night when I got lost in Philadelphia and encountered her moored at her pier.  I think that she would make a perfect addition to the NYC waterfront as a restaurant and large hotel, perhaps right next to the Javitts Center at her old pier. The cover photo was taken by my grandfather on a trip to NYC in 1961

Update:
things seem to have turned dicey for this great ship

This ship should be saved.

http://waterfrontalliance.org/2015/10/23/ss-united-states-is-invited-to-brooklyn/

http://www.ssusc.org/

Interesting Shipwreck Found

The USS Independence.  The first of a class of light carriers built on cruiser hulls to fill the gap in carrier construction.  Served in the Pacific through the war and then was nuked at Bikini during Able and Baker.  Brought to San Francisco for evaluation and then scuttled, probably because of radiation issues.  In remarkably good shape on the bottom.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wwii-aircraft-carrier-uss-independence-found-amazingly-intact-off-california-coast-photos-1496945