Fastest Ship – The SS United States Faces Uncertain Future

Popular Mechanics updates us on the the World's Fastest Ship, or at least the vessel currently holding the transatlantic speed record the mighty SS United States. They write: Though I didn't know it then, at age 4, that wake, sharp and narrow, was a clue to what made the SS United States one of the greatest—if not the greatest—ocean liners of the 20th century. To … [Read more...]

SS Independence – EPA Issues Formal Complaint To NCL and Oceanic

Photo By Tunnelbug In a new twist on the story of the S/S Independence, the EPA has issued a federal complaint for the illegal export of PCB's. You may remember that while en route to ship breakers Hawaii had banned the ship from docking for fear the ship would be arrested on similar charges and left to decay in the island state. The Environmental News Service tells … [Read more...]

Historic Ship Independence Barred From Her Adopted State

Photo By Alan Light Built in 1950 the SS Independence and her sister ship the SS Constitution were built to transport passengers between U.S. ports and the Mediterranean but with the advent of commercial aviation her usefulness as a means of transport was short lived. In 1968 she was taken from her cross Atlantic duties and shortly sold to the Atlantic Far East Line and laid … [Read more...]

Final Voyage – S/S Independence

Photo by dollar_bill Telstar Logistics provides details on this historic day: This is a"view of a newly vacant pier 70 shipyard, now that the Oceanic Independence has left to meet her doom." The 1950s-era ocean liner has been towed away. Where'd it go? We fear she's en route to India, where she may be broken up for scrap. (There's a lively debate about this taking … [Read more...]

Ghost Ship Tours

Our apologies to anyone looking for paranormal activity... you (probably) won't find any here because by ghost ship we mean vessels no longer in service. In the U.S. most ghost ships are owned by the government. Know collectively as the Ghost Fleet, the official name for this collection of decommissioned ships is the Reserve Fleet. What is the purpose of keeping these ships … [Read more...]