National Geographic : 2002 Sep
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback BETTMANN/CORBIS ZIP NYC Skyline Salute Even the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan seemed to stand taller when the United States steamed past before her maiden voyage to France and England in 1952. She was the largest passenger ship ever built in the U.S., and her three-day transatlantic passage broke the previous speed record held by Britain's Queen Mary."After the loud and fantas tic claims made in advance for the liner United States," complained Punch, the British magazine, "it comes as something of a disappointment to find them all true." The ship sailed for 17 years. She's now docked in a Philadelphia port, awaiting renovation. This photograph has never before been pub lished in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0209. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN00279358)IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. 1145 1TH STNW,WASHINGTON. DC20036-4688$34.00AYEARFORUS. DELIVERY . $600 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON. DC.ANDATADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESS CHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. POBOX63002. TAMPA. FL33663 3002.