By the way, here's a description of Richard Branson's $7 million attempt to gain the Blue Riband in 1987. http://www.ss-united-states.com/br1.html
Also a good picture from that site, lol
Some nice "conspiracy theories" from http://ss-united-states.com/upB214.html
1) Biggest Secret about the Big U. Top Speed? 47 knots? Fact or Fiction? 50+ knots?
2) Regarding speed - it's said the U never really was called on to use her full speed. Some say restricter plates were installed to limit full flank speed. Fact or fiction?
3) Fact or fiction? The brand new and first nuclear sub USS Nautilus SSN571 surfaces alongside the U running at full speed and flashes a coded message to the Big U? What was the message?
4) Fact or fiction? There's a sonar recording of the SS
UNITED STATES at speed - her four screws easily distinguished from any other vessel? If you wore ears in your boat - we want to hear from you. Note to DOD types: if you've got access to a recording and it's reclassified - help us get a wav file for the world to hear on-line.
5) Fact or fiction? A navy radar operator off the coast of England picks up a return on his screen and types it as a helicopter approaching. The radar op tells his CO
it's a chopper. The CO
walks out to make visual and the SS
UNITED STATES goes "flying by" instead at full speed?
6) Fact or fiction? The SS
UNITED STATES carried more silver and gold between continents than any other liner in history up until 1969?
7) Fact or fiction? Bob Hope upon arriving in Southampton aboard the SS
UNITED STATES is filmed joking, "I understand Cunard issued a 21 torpedo salute." But in fact, did a Royal Navy sub on exercises inadvertently fire a torpedo near the Big U - when a crew member misunderstood the command to stand down during exercises? That torpedo ended up on a beach and was ever so quietly removed by the stealthy Royal Navy - and the maiden voyage of the Big U wasn't the least bit spoiled. Fact or fiction?
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