Die-cast model of the S.S. "United States"

Object Number: 
2012.4.1
Date: 
ca. 1958-1965
Medium: 
Metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 10 x 1 1/4 in. (3.8 x 25.4 x 3.2 cm)
Marks: 
Marked on underside: "Triang", "M. 704", "MADE IN ENGLAND / PATS PEN", and "S.S. UNITED STATES"
Description: 
Metal die-cast oceanliner model.
Gallery Label: 
The United States Lines' luxury oceanliner S.S. "United States," designed by New York naval architect Francis Gibbs, plied the route between New York and Le Havre from 1952 to 1969. Built to be fireproof and capable of record speeds, the ship made the Atlantic crossing in 3 ½ days and reportedly reached a cruising speed of 40 knots. The arrival of the "United States" in New York harbor was a noteworthy event. Gibbs, who maintained an office downtown, always greeted the ship upon its arrival in New York harbor. With the ascendance of the jet age in the 1960s, oceanliners fell out of favor, and the ship was withdrawn from service in 1969. (Today it remains docked on the Delaware River in Philadelphia). This die-cast model, built on a 1:1200 scale, may have been sold in a souvenir shop on the ship. Such models, marketed to children, were sold individually or in sets that included harbor accessories.
Credit Line: 
Gift of JoAnn and Charles Srebnik
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group