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The Big U: The Story of the SS United States

There was once a great symbol of our nation; sleek and powerful, the best of our ingenuity and engineering, embodying all that was new and modern: the ocean liner SS United States. As our country’s namesake and the largest passenger liner ever built in America, she was the flagship of our merchant fleet, and her record-breaking maiden voyage still stands as one of the greatest maritime achievements of all time. The SS United States, which sailed from 1952 until 1969, was a marvel of maritime design and engineering created by a self-taught naval architect and engineer, William Francis Gibbs.

The Big U is an historical documentary that examines the significance of these two lost American icons. It is the untold and forgotten story of the ship and her designer - both deserving to take their rightful place in the history of America.

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