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.
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.