An international authority on ocean liners and the author of more than 45 books on the subject, William Miller has had a lifelong love affair with these magnificent ships-including the SS United States. Like many of this vessel's loyal followers, Miller was awed by its size, beautiful lines, aura of glamour, and speed. Breaking the record for fastest time across the Atlantic, the United States was hailed as the pride of America and the greatest ship of her time. All these elements are captured in a book that pays tribute to this symbol of brilliant maritime technology. More than 150 rare photographs reveal stages in the ship's construction and its christening, as well as intimate views of modern lounges with paneled walls and fireplaces, staterooms and dining rooms, a promenade and pool, theaters, a ballroom with cocktail bar, and play decks. Also included are chapters on the United States' predecessor, the America, along with other ships flying the U.S. flag. Extensive captions provide colorful commentary, as well as data on tonnage, size, speed, and other characteristics. A comprehensive pictorial record that will appeal to maritime historians, this celebration of an American champion and centerpiece of national pride will also captivate ship lovers and anyone thrilled by sea travel.