S.S. United States To Auction Contents Prior To Total Renovation

According to William H. Bevan, president of Marine Technologies and Brokerage Corp., the S.S.

United States will shortly begin removals in preparation for its movement to the shipyard for a complete retrofit. The vessel will undergo a massive rip-out and rebuild, which will convert it from the world's fastest superliner to a superior world class cruise vessel.

The entire contents of furniture and art work will be placed at auction in the Norfolk International Terminal, Norfolk, Va., from October 8 to October 14, 1984. The auction sight is adjacent to the vessel, which has been laid up in a remarkable state of preservation, due to a complete dehumidification system which was installed shortly after the vessel went out of service.

Mr. Bevan indicated that in addition to the very typical 50's furniture, there will be many unique items such as the 20-foot Mercator Chart, 3-foot by 4-foot Indian Sand Paintings, large crystal inlaid wall panels and aluminum sculpture, unique to this famous ship. Nautical items such as entire bridge controls, gyro compasses, Chelsea Clocks, aluminum deck chairs, life jackets with ships name and even six life boats. Other nostalgic items will be blankets, silver service, china and crystal, all displaying the famous United States Lines spread winged eagle.

In order for potential buyers to view items placed at auction, there will be regular scheduled tours of the vessel which will include most of the vessels most unique public rooms, sample staterooms and even the navigation bridge.

These tours will begin September 29 and continue throughout the auction until October 14, 1984.

For details concerning these events, information will be available from the following: AUCTION & CATALOGUE—October 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, Guernsey's Auction, 253 East 77th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021, (212) 628-1702; TOURS—September 28 through October 14, Cruise International, 250 Janaf Plaza, Norfolk, Va. 23502, (804) 461-3555.

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