United States arrived in New York for the first time on Monday, 23 June 1952.
Fresh from the Newport News, Virginia, shipyard and packed with dignitaries and celebrities, the new liner received an enthusiastic welcome to the Big Apple. A few weeks later, after the completion of her first transatlantic roundtrip, United States would return to New York triumphantly waving the Blue Riband, the accolade given to the passenger liner crossing the Atlantic in regular service with the record highest speed.
Media attention was intense on that very first visit, with radio and television stations providing almost non-stop coverage. The only downside to the day was the weather, which was rainy and dreary.
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