Feb 03, 2011 - Sale 2235

Sale 2235 - Lot 385

Price Realized: $ 6,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(UNITED STATES LINES.) "United States." Scrapbook kept by Commodore Harry Manning with materials related to the maiden voyage of the "United States," plus a plaque awarded the Commodore for winning the blue riband. In addition to the usual newspaper and magazine clippings, the Commodore's scrapbook contains over 80 telegrams of congratulations, abstract of log for the westbound maiden voyage, menu from the dinner given for the presentation of the Hales Trophy (12 November 1952), ticket to the New York mayor's luncheon honoring Manning and his officers, review box ticket for the New York mayor's official reception for Manning and his officers, a letter from Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., front cover from Time magazine picturing Manning (23 June 1952), wedding announcement for Harry Truman's daughter, and more.The plaque included in this lot was presented to Commodore Manning by the American Legion and is designated a "Distinguished Achievement Award" (21 July 1952). 1952

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The "United States" is justly considered to be the greatest liner ever produced in the United States. The brainchild of William Francis Gibbs, the ship had the most advanced technology of the day as well as the creature comforts required for its guests. It captured the coveted blue riband on its maiden voyage from New York to Southampton, breaking the old record by a staggering ten hours.
Like most of the great liners of the day she was retired when air travel became the fastest and cheapest way to travel to and from Europe. Yet her admirers still abound and efforts continue to save the ship from the wreckers.
Commodore Manning, who captained the ship on its glorious maiden voyage became an instant celebrity when he captured the blue riband. He certainly took pride in his achievement as is evidenced by this interesting scrapbook which he put together.