The SS United States Conservancy is reporting the acquisition of more than 600 artifacts to its growing curatorial collection. According to the organization, artwork, fittings, furniture, and historic documents from the ship have been made by The Mariners’ Museum of Newport News, Va., as well as the Dr. Sarah E. Forbes Collection, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hunnicutt III, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
The donations come less than two months after the SSUSC announced it has entered into an exclusive option agreement with Crystal Cruises, with the goal of returning the SS United States to service as the world’s fastest luxury ocean liner. At that time the SSUSC also revealed its plans to develop a land-based museum and exhibitions about the ship’s history and broader themes of design and innovation.
“As we ramp up our museum planning and expand our permanent collections, this extraordinary donation helps ensure that the legacy of America’s iconic flagship will inspire for generations to come,” said Susan Gibbs, Executive Director of the SSUSC, in a statement issued by the organization. “The Mariners’ Museum continues to be a wonderful partner in our efforts to save the United States. These original items from the ship represent irreplaceable examples of her innovative design features, and they also pay tribute to the people who made this ship a global Ambassador for our nation.”
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