A Thing of Beauty

The first big U.S. luxury liner built since 1939 slid down the ways of Bethlehem's shipyards at Quincy, Mass, last week. She was American Export Lines' 1,000-passenger, $25 million S.S. Independence. Everybody agreed that she was a thing of beauty, fast, sleek and fancy. Britain's Queens (which average 28½-knots) could outrun her, but the ship's 25-knot top speed made her the swiftest thing afloat in the U.S. merchant marine.

Industrial Designer Henry Dreyfuss had planned her fittings, which will take until next January to complete, to combine luxury with some of the casual...

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