S.S. United States 1952-1969


 

Windmill Point Restaurant

Many years ago, I heard about a restaurant in Nags Head, North Carolina, completely furnished with fittings from the s.s. United States.  After much searching thorough the internet, I found very little information about it and almost no photos, which is what I really wanted to see!  Disappointed to say the least, I made arrangements with ocean-liner collectibles dealer Brian Hawley (LuxuryLinerRow), who lives about two hours from the Outer Banks, to pay a visit so we could have a look.  Dr. Sarah E. Forbes, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., the owner of the restaurant, had the great foresight to purchase an astonishing number of fittings from the liner at the auction in 1984.  If you're a fan of the United States or just an ocean liner buff in general, this restaurant is a definite "must-see."  For those of you who can't make it to the restaurant in person, I hope you enjoy the following photos.  To learn more about the restaurant and its facilities, click here.  If you want to help preserve the s.s. United States, click here.

 

One of the first things you see upon entering the restaurant is one of the ship's bells.

One of the liner's orange life rings.

 

The first-class Dining Room looking aft toward the sculpture by Gwen Lux, entitled "The Four Freedoms."

 

The entrance sign for the Dining Room on the lower level of the restaurant.

When I first visited, I expected to see a few fittings and maybe a couple of tables and chairs.  I had no idea of the extent of the collection.

An overall view of the main dining area.

Another view of the dining room.

A close-up of one of the tables set for dinner, the chairs still in their original United States Lines upholstery.

First-class dining-room chairs.

The fiddley rail raised on one of the original first-class dining-room tables.

The marker from the bottom of one of the dining-room tables, noting its original location on the ship.

A first-class table in the entrance foyer of the restaurant.

A beautiful display of china, crystal, and silver from the United States.

Another cabinet with a selection of silver.

Aluminum signs from a passenger corridor.

Memorabilia is everywhere in the restaurant.  Overhead is this sign for Boat Station 15.

A planter from one of the first-class areas.

The cabin-class staircase.

This aluminum sculpture was the focal point of the staircase.

 

A corner of the dining room with a number of Gwen Lux sculptures on the far wall.

These "sculptures" are actually an early form of styrofoam.

A close-up of the eagle sculpture as seen in the color archival photo of the first-class Dining Room above.

In the port and starboard entrances to the first-class Dining Room were 50 round sculptures -- 25 each side -- one for each state in the Union.

 

A pair of original doors to the first-class galley.

Even the Men's and Ladies' room signs are original.

Many of the bathroom fittings are from the liner as well.

 

An original staircase.

 

A view of the top of the staircase.

The same area from another angle.  Note the deck plans overhead.

The chairs in the upstairs bar are from the tourist-class Dining Room.

A settee in the upstairs bar, still in the original upholstery.

To make the small cocktail tables from the ship more useful, new tops were put on....

 The good news, though, is that the tables were not altered.  The new tops can simply be removed and the tables restored to their original appearance.

The new table tops that were put on have various items of memorabilia embedded in them.

In the lounge upstairs is the kidney-shaped bar and its barstools from the first-class Ballroom.

Here's the other end!  Note the video on the screen in the far corner.  Showing daily is a history of the s.s. United States.

Small tables like this are scattered throughout the restaurant.  This one is from a sitting room of a suite.

A directional "you-are-here" sign from the first-class accommodations on Sun Deck.

A tourist-class sample from their entrance on Main Deck forward.

And one from just outside the tourist-class Dining Room.

A notice originally posted in the crew areas of the liner.

The view from the restaurant at dusk.

 

 

 

Archival images courtesy of Gordon Ghareeb.  All other images are from the Eric Sauder Collection.

With thanks to Gordon Ghareeb and Brian Hawley for their help with this page.


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