United States Line’s America (1932), fleetmate of United States (1952) was a stylish and memorable ocean liner in her own right.
Unlike her Art Deco-bedecked European counterparts, America embraced a later Art Moderne look that shunned ornamentation in favor of an aerodynamic pure-line concept of motion and speed inspired by science and engineering. Designed by renowned naval architect William Francis Gibbs, who also designed United States (carrying many of the design techniques he pioneered on America over to the latter vessel), America sailed for United States Lines in both transatlantic and cruise service from 1940 to 1964 (other than the years 1941-1946, when she served as a troopship under the name USS West Point).
Let’s take a look around this wonderful liner as she appeared at around the time of her 1940 maiden voyage.
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