The new additions to the Conservancy’s collection include fittings and furniture used aboard the ship, as well as advertisements, documents, commemorative materials, glassware, silverware, tableware, models, photographs, and artwork.
“After reviewing the entirety of our SS United States collection, we felt that these donated artifacts would better serve the SS United States Conservatory in telling the story of this historic ship,” said Elliot Gruber, president and CEO of The Mariners’ Museum.
Many of the donated items from the United States had originally been displayed at the Windmill Point Restaurant located in North Carolina’s Outer Banks and owned by Newport News physician, the late Dr. Sara E. Forbes. The Forbes collection was donated to The Mariners’ Museum in 2008.
“We felt the best way to honor Dr. Forbes’ legacy was to reunite a large portion of her SS United States collection with the ship she loved so much”, said Jeanne Willoz-Egnor, director of collections management at The Mariners’ Museum. “I know she would be thrilled to hear about the exciting plans being made for its future.” Mr. and Mrs. Hunnicutt donated glassware used on board the ship.
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