SS Constitution was an ocean liner owned by American
Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951, in a
period of great optimism in America after WWII.
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. 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."
SS Constitution was featured in several episodes of
the television situation comedy I Love Lucy starring
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, starting with episode
140, "Bon Voyage," which first aired 1 December
1955. In 1956, Grace Kelly sailed aboard the SS
Constitution from New York to Monaco for her wedding
to Prince Rainier. In 1957, The SS
Constitution was featured in
An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and
Deborah Kerr. The ship was also appeared prominently
in the Magnum, P.I. television series, in the
episode titled "All Thieves on Deck," which aired 30
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
Like all of our ocean
liner models, this SS Constitution model has the following distinguished qualities:
- Scratch built from official plans
hollow hull construction (very important), weighing
less than 10 lbs (A solid hull of this model would
be over 40 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than
an art piece.)
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual
thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid
pieces of wood stacking on top one another.
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
32" long x
12" tall x 7" wide (including base's width) $1,700
S & H is $90
39" long x
14" tall x 7" wide
Commissioned, not for sale.
Add light feature:
(Cord can be unplugged from base
for displaying without light.
Adjustable brightness level.
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please click here:
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