Alan Stover's image gallery

Alan Stover was a passenger on the SS United States--the fastest ship to ever cross the Atlantic-- coming to and from England in 1959 and 1962.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the SS United States Conservancy and operates the online SS United States Group.

Since 2012, he has been working on a 3-D computer model of the ship, inside and out.

To achieve the desired degree of accuracy in the computer model, Alan has been working to redraw the 1/4" scale Newport News Shipyard's general arrangement, lines and profile plans, which were badly distorted, smudged and entirely illegible in places.

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The original deck plans would print out at over 10' long--for just half the ship.  They are being redrawn at a scale of 1 pixel = 1/4", resulting in a drawing 25,000 pixels wide and 25 MB large.

SS United States 1952

Cutaway view with shafts labeled

SS United States 1952

Half breadths forward

SS United States 1952

Half breadths aft

SS United States 1952

Promenade Deck Aft: reconstruction of Newport News Shipyard's 1/4"-1'0" plans:

SS United States

Promenade Deck Forward: reconstruction of Newport News Shipyard's 1/4"-1'0" plans

SS United States 1952

Cutaway through forward engine room

SS United States 1952

18-foot diameter 5-bladed manganese-bronze propeller: one of the secrets to her speed

NS Savannah 1962

CAD progress pic: developing the curved superstructure

NS Savannah 1962

CAD progress pic: creating lifeboats and davits