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SS CONSTITUTION model

The SS Constitution was featured in several episodes of the television situation comedy I Love Lucy, starting with episode 140, "Bon Voyage," which first aired 1 December 1955.   Among her best known roles was as the vessel that brought Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr together, and across the Atlantic to New York in the motion picture "An Affair To Remember".  But her most famous role was as the ship that took the beautiful actress Grace Kelly, to marry her Prince in Monaco; a fairy tale romance if there ever was one.  The ship was also appeared prominently in the Magnum, P.I. television series, in the episode titled "All Thieves on Deck," which aired 30 January 1986.

The SS Constitution's interiors were entrusted to Henry Dreyfus, a very prominent American designer who believed in comfort combined with simplicity and who looked after every detail, from the funnel colors to match book covers.  while not flashy, the ship was certainly built for comfort and style.  Export Lines said of his work, "Dreyfus, charged to provide the utmost comfort for every passenger in each of the three classes has produced innumerable refinements that set new standards for living at sea."

The Constitution has cruising speed of 23 knots, with a maximum speed over 26 knots.  That was extremely fast for a ship of this size.  Along with her sister the INDEPENDENCE and later the ATLANTIC, American Export Lines provided formidable American competition on the Italian dominated Mediterranean service.

The SS Constitution was retired in 1995 and, while under tow to be scrapped on 17 November 1997, sank 700 nautical miles north of the Hawaiian Islands.
 

 
 


This model features the SS Constitution while operated by American Hawaii Cruises.  It is made for a private collector and not for sale.