Glory Years

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Upon her delivery to the United States Lines, the SS United States was most graceful, modern, powerful and sleek vessel in the world. With her two oversize red, white, and blue funnels, she projected a powerful and romantic image of maritime travel, one that recalled the first great record-breaking liners of the twentieth century. Inside, she was completely fireproof. Her designer William Francis Gibbs’ passion for secrecy, it turned out, was outdone by his utter determination to minimize the threat of fire on board. Except for the grand pianos (at the insistence of the Steinway company) and the butcher’s blocks (at the insistence of the catering department), no wood was permitted in any of the ship’s public rooms, accommodations, or crew quarters. Even the fabric and textiles were specially treated to be non-flammable.

Designing attractive interiors around these strict parameters fell to Dorothy Marckwald, of the New York firm Smyth, Urquhart & Marckwald. The firm, and Ms. Marckwald in particular, had been working on Gibbs & Cox ships for decades. The ship’s 23 public rooms, 395 staterooms, and 14 first-class suites were as beautiful as they were fireproof. The emphasis was on color: Reds, blues, greens, and golds (“muddy colors” were avoided) contrasted pleasantly with oyster white walls and deep black linoleum flooring in the passageways. Artwork tended to be of glass or other spun fibers, all with patriotic themes: the first-class dining room contained sculptures representing the four freedoms, while the Observation Lounge contained murals of ocean currents and depictions of constellations. To ensure fire safety, Gibbs had an entire mock-up cabin put together at the National Bureau of Standards’ test facility, replete with Ms. Marckwald’s un-flammable furniture, and set it alight. All the “passenger effects” such as clothes, paper, perfume, and luggage were incinerated, but the cabin fittings, though scorched, were un-touched right down to the curtains.

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Advance publicity for the SS United States had primed the American public for a record-breaking vessel. Secrecy was tight during the builder’s trials in June of 1952, but it was later learned that the vessel exceeded 38 knots, or 44 miles per hour. She traveled 20 knots in reverse. On July 3rd, 1952, the SS United States set forth on her much-anticipated maiden voyage, timed to coincide with the national Forth of July celebrations. Her commander, Commodore Harry Manning—a celebrity in his own right, who had been a co-pilot of Amelia Earhart—carefully avoided any promises of a record-breaking run, especially when the ship encountered a fog bank during the first day out. Once clear of the hazard, Commodore Manning, with typical bravado, ordered the ship’s engines to be increased to full power. The ship’s speed, combined with the gale force winds and heavy seas, created on-deck conditions that kept most passengers inside—or at least in the enclosed promenades. So strong was the wind speed that the adventurous few who did venture out onto the open decks likened facing forward to being punched in the face. Miraculously, the dreaded vibration expected on high-speed liners was virtually absent, even when the ship attained her highest-ever service speed of 36 knots.

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The American public enthusiastically embraced the SS United States, which became known as “America’s Flagship.” Throughout the 1950s, people from around the world booked accommodation on the world’s fastest ship. Familiar names of the day, including Bob Hope, Princess Grace of Monaco, Salvadore Dali, Rita Hayworth, Harry Truman, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Duke Ellington headlined the ship’s passenger lists. For those far inland or disinclined to travel, the United States came to them through news reports and even the cinema: the ship became a ocean-going movie set for feature films such as Walt Disney’s Bon Voyage!, Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, and Munster, Go Home!

Even after the introduction of the commercial jet liner in 1958, the ship operated at capacity during the summer high season, but as the 1960s dawned, financial trouble loomed on the horizon. The United States Lines frequently endured both labor disputes and annual wrangling with the federal government over operating subsidies. The industry itself was subjected to a rapid shift in the way people chose to travel: what air travel lacked in comfort it made up for in speed and fuel economy in an era when oil costs were beginning to skyrocket.

The 1960s proved to be a decade of loss for the United States, symbolically as well as financially. She lost her original running mate in 1964, when the America was sold to foreign interests. Four years later, her main competitors, the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were gone as well. Although a new generation of liners, particularly the France and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 were introduced, they both spent a good part of the year on cruise duty, a role for which the United States was ill-equipped. The biggest blow came in 1967, with the death of William Francis Gibbs. His favorite ship, on which he had labored for nearly half his life, only sailed for another two years. In November of 1969, while undergoing her annual overhaul at Newport News, she was abruptly and permanently withdrawn from service.

As the Golden State Warriors get ready to start playing basketball again for the first time in over nine months, star guard Stephen Curry acknowledged that he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to lead the team back to the top in the wake of the major roster shuffling Golden State has undergone.

'To kind of have a fresh reset from the five-year run was -- I wouldn't call it necessary because I would have loved to have been playing last year, but it was useful,' Curry said Wednesday during an interview on 'Damon, Ratto & Kolsky' on KGMZ-FM 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. 'And now it's about turning that into momentum coming in this season. And I think a leader, and with me [and] Draymond [Green] and what we have to accomplish this year, hopefully gives us a little chip on our shoulder, a fresh perspective, and understanding what the challenge is ahead of us. We've had a lot of successes, a lot of experiences these last five years, [it's] been a crazy roller coaster. It almost feels like we're starting at ground zero again which is kind of awesome.'

Curry, who played in just five games last season while recovering from a broken left hand, is hungry to prove to the rest of the NBA that the Warriors' run of dominance isn't over.

One of the reasons Curry remains optimistic, despite the loss of All-Star swingman Klay Thompson to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury, is that he's confident that veteran Green will provide the leadership and intensity needed to fuel a Warriors renaissance. Curry knows that some in the league are questioning whether Green, who will be 31 in March, can still play at the same high level as he enters the second half of his career. But Curry is confident that the man who helped deliver three titles to the Warriors will rise to the occasion once again.

'This guy, Draymond Green, who we've known has been counted out before he even stepped foot on the NBA level, has always found a way to figure it out and found a way to be impactful at the highest level, that defensive monster and impact winning games, so I have the utmost confidence in the way he's kind of been talking to be personally and just understanding what we have to accomplish left together.

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'And I think it's about just for him getting out there on the floor and doing it. We can talk all we want to, but we got to get out there and do it and show. Everybody's in that recency bias, 'What have you done for me lately?' I belong to that camp sometimes, but it's all about what we do.'

Both Green and No. 2 overall draft pick James Wiseman have been held out of the start of Warriors training camp. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said last week that two players had tested positive for COVID-19. While the organization couldn't name which players tested positive, Wiseman and Green are the only two who have yet to practice and it remains unclear when both players will be able to play again.

Despite the awkward nature of a training camp held in the middle of a pandemic, Curry, 32, reiterated his belief that Wiseman will be able to produce when his NBA career finally begins.


'He's just going to be a force, man,' Curry said of Wiseman. 'To the point of all the things we need to learn as fast as possible, I can't imagine for a 19-year-old to be able to ingest all that information, go out and play, but the things that he does well, you really can't teach. His size, his athleticism, his presence to protect the paint, the speed to run up and down the floor, put pressure on the rim, we can use that right away. So you're going to see a different player probably from Game 1 to Game 72, but early in the season he should be able to show what he's about and provide a lot of value for us on the interior and play Warrior basketball. So I'm excited, man. You can see the look in his eyes. He's chomping at the bit right now.'

As for Thompson, his latest setback has put the privilege of being able to play in even more perspective for Curry. After watching Thompson rehab from a torn left ACL a season ago, Curry has a greater appreciation for being able to get back onto the floor.

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'Klay's situation makes you understand in sports and in this profession you can't take anything for granted,' Curry said. 'And you understand that I've played 12 years and hopefully many, many more, but you can't really coast through this situation because there's so much that can happen positively and negatively and you kind of got to deal with it all. So it's a subtle approach and a subtle change in how you see your role as a leader and balancing that with still being the killer and the competitive guy that I plan to be.'