Kentucky, 1st ed., 2002. 176 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. United States Line's flagship passenger liner, S.S. UNITED STATES, was built in 1952 and took the Blue Riband from the QUEEN MARY. She was the largest liner built in America and was designed to be easily converted into a troopship in time of war. By the late 1960s the days of the transatlantic liners was all but over and she retired from service. Her ownership passed through several hands. In 1984 her furniture and fittings were sold off, but several efforts were made to preserve the ship and while argument and debate ensued, this grand old lady lay rotting at her berth. In recent years, she came close to the scrapyard, and in 2016 hopes were raised for her preservation but her future far from certain. This well-illustrated book marks the 50th anniversary of her maiden voyage with pleas to save the ship.