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United States liner AMERICA at an unknown port.

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It looks as if the AMERICA is undergoing a refit going by her paintwork and the ropes coming down from her upper decks.

My guess is that she is at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard in Newport News, Virginia on one of her annual overhauls, there are also what looks like US Navy vessels in view which would further back up the location.

It could well have been taken during her refit after the war, transforming her from the troopship USS WESTPOINT back to commercial service as the AMERICA with the United States Lines.

Sean
 

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Hi Sean,

Spot on. Newport News.

Note the derricks at No. 2 hatch are 'stowed' up behind the masts. This was the original layout. I believe those larger derricks were removed soon after the early post war years. I need to come back, but it seems to be this.

Stephen
 

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Sean again,

Found this photo in the Getty gallery. Here is the original caption for the [email protected]

Ocean Liner SS America

(Original Caption) 10/2/46-Newport News, Virginia- Here is a night view of the SS America, the country's newest and largest ocean-going liner, made at Newport News, where the vessel was converted from troopship to passenger liner.


Note: 9th November, 1946. She left the yard for the refit and headed up to NY to resume passenger service.

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Thanks for the additional information Stephen it's appreciated.

So I was correct in my assumption that it was taken in 1946 during her conversion from troopship back to a passenger liner.

I had no doubt though that it was taken at Newport News, VA.

I hadn't actually noticed the derrick arrangements being altered before, thanks for pointing that out.

I have very fond memories of the former AMERICA sailing as Chandris Lines AUSTRALIS as she was a regular visitor to the Port of Southampton during the 60/70's.

I attended a Christmas party onboard her when I was a young lad whilst she was in Southampton and I went to Fuerteventura in 1996 for the sole purpose of seeing her wrecked on the beach, a sorrowful site it was too see her in three pieces marooned to the elements.

Sean
 

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