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Remember when the only way to cross the great Atlantic (or Pacific) oceans on this “water planet” was on … “a great ship?”
Of course you don’t — if you’re of any recent generation.
But, some of our listeners DO … so, this program is dedicated to YOU (and those of you who DON’T “remember,” you’re in for a rare treat …).
These were the days of the great ocean liners — and great ocean liner rivalries — that, along with other amazing technological advances of the last mid-century–
“Made America Great.”
My guest tonight, maritime historian Larry Driscoll, actually sailed aboard the “greatest … and fastest … of these ships” — a veritable “superliner” — the famed S.S. United States.
Larry, who demonstrably loves these ships as much as I do, promises an unforgettable evening for us all … as we explore how the United States of America, almost casually, created after World War II, “the greatest ship in the world” — before the era of “great ocean liners” came to its inevitable end ….
Join us ….
Richard C. Hoagland
Lawrence Driscoll’s Items: CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE
Larry Driscoll’s Web site on the America and United states
S.S. AMERICA, S.S. UNITED STATES sailing on the ‘All American’ team to Europe
News on the ship and interesting information. http://www.ssusc.
Georgia Lambert’s Item:
In 1950, at the age of seven Larry Driscoll and his family boarded the S.S. America, sailing for LeHavre France. Over the next seven years the Driscolls made several return trips home on the S.S. United States. He has been fascinated with ocean liners ever since. After retiring from a career in education Driscoll took up a second career as a writer and maritime historian specializing in American passenger liners. His first book S.S. America U.S.S. West Point S.S. Australis the many lives of a great ship was well received and went into a second printing.
A series of articles for the magazine Power Ships led to his second book on the S.S. United States, The Last Great Race. There is no shortage of books on the United States and Driscoll’s goal in writing the book was to provide the reader with fresh and new information.
He builds the story of the ship around the around the colorful characters who built and sailed her. The reader is onboard for the risk filled excitement of the maiden voyage, including a portrait of plucky captain who skippered the ship to victory. The story also delves into little known aspects of the ship from conception to glory days and sad decline.
Transports the people who built and sailed her including a hard driving shipping executive, John Franklin, a brilliant, driven ship designer, William Francis Gibbs and Harry Manning to build a superliner that would beat the Cunard line’s Queen Mary for the speed record across the Atlantic, something no American ship had done in over 100 years.
Born in 1943, in Rochester N.Y, where his father managed a local radio station, Larry Driscoll spent his early years traveling and living overseas. His first voyage 1950, was on the SS America sailing for France where his father managed the European broadcast service of the Voice of America. After a seven year sojourn in Paris the family moved first to Washington DC, then Cairo Egypt with a final stop in Rome where he graduated from High school. The family’s mobile lifestyle led his love of travel and a fascination with ships, planes and trains.
After a career in education he now spends his time traveling, maintaining (this) website and writing about those grand old ships of the United States Lines. To date he has produced the website, two books and numerous magazine articles. His other passion is saving the SS United States and has joined the Advisory Board of the SS United Sates Conservancy. Larry resides with his wife Janet in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
Website: Lambert’s Lodge (In the process of being overhauled)
Georgia Lambert has over fifty years of experience in the field of Esoteric Studies, receiving formal training in Eastern and Western disciplines, methods and traditions. She was the first to be licensed by the State of California to teach Meditation and Esoteric Physiology, an experimental course she presented for 3 years at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
In the past, she has served on the board of directors of United Health Resource, has been on the staff at the Institute for Health Facilitation for 3 years, taught for 2 years for the Institute for Advancement of Human Potential, and served on the Teaching staff of the Philosophical Research Society for 10 years, under Manly Palmer Hall. Her lecture credits include Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California State University of Fullerton, Orange Coast College, and Orange County Correctional Facility at Chino, The William Parker Holistic Health Center, The University of the Seven Rays, The Edgar Casey Foundation (A.R.E.),The Theosophical Society, Arcana Workshop, and the 1985 National Cranial Conference sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association.
In 1989, she became the first woman to address a Scottish Rite Research Group on the higher degrees of Masonry. In 1995, 1996, and 1997 she gave presentations to the Pacific Southwest Regional Conclaves of the Rosicrucian Order A.M.O.R.C., both in the USA and in Canada. In 2001, she was invited to participate in a “Think Tank” under the umbrella of an Aerospace Corporation on the subject of Science and Education, and her artwork was featured at the Education Summit for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In England, she has given seminars for the Scientific and Medical network at St. Katherine’s College in Oxford, and for the Wrekin Trust at Regents Park College, London. Her publishing credits include articles in the British Holistic Health Journal, Caduceus, and appearances on both radio and television.