Community Gallery Series
The Community Gallery presents rotating exhibits featuring guest curators from the Philadelphia community working in partnership with the Independence Seaport Museum. The Community Gallery debuted in February 2012 and is located on the 2nd floor of the Seaport Museum. "Flowers," by Djennas Abdelkrim. The materials used were wine bottle caps, wire and foam. Photo taken by Mary E. Foley.
Currently on Exhibit:
March 7- September 14, 2014
SS United States: Charting a Course for America's Flagship explores the glamorous past and the challenging present of one of the most famous passenger ships of all time. The exhibit spotlights the ship's Philadelphia connection, its heyday during the 1950s and 1960s, and the
SS United States Conservancy's efforts to save her from destruction.
SS United States is a spectacular, mid-century, passenger ship. The engineering achievement, born out of the brillance of Philadelphia maritime archiect William Francis Gibbs, is a symbol of American's post WWII technological might. Enthralled with the science of maritime engineering, Gibbs was intent on designing the fastest and safest trans-Atlantic ocean liner ever. When commissioned to design the world's most advanced passenger ship, his commitment to the highest technological standards produced the most graceful, modern, powerful and sleekest vessel in the world.
After shattering the trans-Atlantic speed record on her maiden voyage,
the SS United States became America's Flagship." She carried movie stars, entertainers, socialites and royals across the Atlantic, making more than 800 crossings during her career. But no ship could compete with the akllure of the jet age. In 1969, the SS United States quietly ceased her voyages. Since then, resting in various ports, the United States patiently waits as entusiasts chart a new course for America's Flagship.