United States Manhatten Oceanline Poster
The United States embarked on her maiden voyage on 3 July 1952, leaving New York bound for Le Havre and Southampton. Following an extensive build up in the press and news media, the ship's inaugural voyage was sold-out well in advance. Indeed, the ship would live up to the expectations of it's owners and the nation for the United States steamed the 2,942 nautical miles from Ambrose Lightship to Bishop Rock in 3 days 10 hours 40 minutes at an average speed of 35.59 knots. Homewards, she made the crossing in 3 days, 12 hours 12 minutes at an average speed of 34.51 knots and so captured the revered 'Blue Riband' from the Queen Mary. America had proven its superiority once again and reigned supreme as speed champion of the North Atlantic.