Dan Wood, Mariners’ Museum Docent
Presented by Dan Wood, Mariners’ Museum docent
Join us online with Dan Wood, a docent at The Mariners’ Museum and Park, when he presents on the origins of USS United States which was built in 1950–51 in Newport News and considered a technological marvel of its day. Viewers are welcome to send Dan comments or questions, which he will answer following the lecture.
About the presentation: For over a century, steamship companies from Europe and North America competed for a much-coveted prize that never officially existed – the “Blue Riband.” It was an accolade for the fastest sea journey between two places for a passenger liner between New York and Southampton, specifically the fastest crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean. The list of title-holders is dominated by European ships, many of them truly legendary, but in the end the record remains with SS United States. Built in Newport News, this sprinting giant set a record that has not been beaten by another transatlantic passenger ship since its maiden voyage in 1952.
Viewers are welcome to send Dan comments or questions, which he will answer following the presentation.