Introduction ix Saving Our Ship: A Letter from the SS United States Conservancy xi 1. The Beginnings 1 2. Two World Wars 18 3. She Gets Her Name 41 4. From Keel to Launch 62 5. An Attack from the White House 88 6. The Blue Riband 118 Image Section 143 7. Subsidy Feud Continues 152 8. The Honeymoon Period 174 9. Labor Troubles Begin 200 10. More Labor Troubles 221 11. More Passengers Than Any Other Liner 240 12. The End 259 13. Supplemental History 278 Bibliography 291 Author's Note 293 Index 295
Frank O. Braynard (1916-2007) was a maritime reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, curator of the American Merchant Marine Museum, and director of New York's South Street Seaport Museum. He organized the first "Operation Sail" in 1964 and OpSail '76 for America's 200th birthday celebration. A graduate of Duke University and recipient of several prestigious maritime awards, Braynard also held a post at the American Merchant Marine Institute, served as president of the Steamship Historical Society of America, and was an honorary member of the Council of American Master Mariners.