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    Marine Oil Painting SS United States Ocean Liner Steam Ship

    Marine Oil Painting SS United States Ocean Liner Steam Ship


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    1 Fine British Work of Art Marine Oil Painting SS United States Ocean Liner Steam Ship.

    Subject side profile view magnificent maritime seascape view of the famous American passenger liner SS United States.

    Title "United States" which is shown on the ship, in the foreground your focus is first drawn to the impressive design of this ship, especially the shape and American colours of the 2 funnels and unusual aerodynamic funnel designed pointy edges which are so iconic. Steaming along on the choppy high seas, with a mix of blue sky and overcast cloudy sky above. The red, white and blue USA ensign flag banner is shown hoisted on the large white mast. You can seen the various portholes towards the water line and life boats hanging on the top side

    Such attention to detail to the rigging, portholes & ship structure incredible.

    Impressive size with the frame being 85 cm wide and 65.5cm high.

    Medium oil on canvas.

    Signed in the bottom corner obscured by the frame.

    Set in a gilt frame.

    Circa mid 20th century 1950's.

    Provenance label verso and ship biography.

    SS United States is a retired ocean liner built between 1950 and 1951 for the United States Lines at a cost of US$79.4 million (equivalent to $829 million in 2021). The ship is the largest ocean liner constructed entirely in the United States and the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction, retaining the Blue Riband for the highest average speed since her maiden voyage in 1952; she still holds the title today. She was designed by American naval architect William Francis Gibbs and could be converted into a troopship if required by the Navy in time of war. United States maintained an uninterrupted schedule of transatlantic passenger service until 1969 and was never used as a troopship.

    Speed and Power of the SS United States Although the design of the United States was shrouded in tactical secrecy, the most obvious aspect of the design was her immense power and speed. Crushing the competition in terms of time to cross the Atlantic, the United States could whisk the elite and powerful across the ocean in under four days, a time savings of over 12 hours. A ship this large traveling at interstate highway speeds must have been quite a sight.

    Powered by four 18' diameter propellors, the United States was the most powerful merchant marine vessel to be built. Not only powerful, but capable of long range missions, the ship could sail 10,000 nautical miles at 35 knots (40 mph) before refueling. 

    Clever naval architecture helped the SS United States become the greyhound of its era. Extensive use of aircraft-inspired aluminium construction on the superstructure helps with the decreased weight, in turn reducing draft. Fortunately, the aluminium has held up to the elements better than steel would have. Although the ship may visibly be deteriorating, the SS United States remains in relatively good condition with recent structural reports placing the ship within modern shipbuilding requirements and minimums 

    SS United States Ship Facts Tonnage: 53,330 GT Length: 990' Beam:101' - 6"
    Draft: 31' - 3" Number of Decks:12 Cruising Speed: 32 Knots (37 mph or 59 km/hr) Max Speed: 38.38 Knots (44.1mph or 70.97km/h) Line: United States Line Shipyard: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock in Newport News Port of Registry:New York City Maiden Voyage: July 3, 1952 Years in Service: 1952-1969 Current Status: Docked in Philadelphia, PA

    The ship has been sold several times since the 1970s, with each new owner trying unsuccessfully to make the liner profitable. Eventually, the ship's fittings were sold at auction, and hazardous wastes, including asbestos panels throughout the ship, were removed, leaving her almost completely stripped by 1994. Two years later, she was towed to Pier 82 on the Delaware River, in Philadelphia, where she remains today. 
    Ref sources greatoceanliners, & Wikipedia, abandoned America & CNN.

    Such a delightful scene to the eye. 

    Highly sought after due to the collectible nature of the marine subject matter.

    With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home wall display. 

    Incredible conversation piece for your guests. 

    We only select & sell paintings based upon subject, quality & significance. 

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    Condition report. 

    Offered in fine used condition. 

    Front painting surface in acceptable order. Having various foxing staining also scuffs to the canvas surface, some paint losses in places also paint touch ups towards the stern of the ship, a patch repair has been done to the back of the canvas by the stern area.  The frame is in good overall order having general wear and some small chips, scuffs, various stains, scratches commensurate with usage & age. 

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    Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate

    High (65.5 cm)
    Wide (85 cm)
    Depth thickness of frame (3.5 cm)


    Additional Information




    W: 85cm  (33.5")H: 65.5cm  (25.8")D: 3.5cm  (1.4")


    Mid 20th Century



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