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Expert available for commentary on today’s announcement

David Perry


David Perry / Maritime Historian & Cruise Industry Expert available to offer commentary on today’s announcement

SS United States — America’s Flagship to sail again.

Today’s announcement by World’s Leading Luxury Line, Crystal Cruises, restores Fastest Ocean Liner in History to the seas

Today’s New York Times story as background


“Ships were meant to sail,” said David Perry, maritime historian and former ship’s officer. “Today’s joint announcement by the SS United States Conservancy and Crystal Cruises is cause for optimism. There’s a lot of water yet to pass under the keel, but this is the best news for America’s flagship since she was taken out of service over 40 years ago. An irreplaceable part of United States history — the country and her ship — has been saved from the breakers and broken hearts.”

Media Contact: David Perry

David Perry, Maritime Historian

As a maritime historian, David Perry lectures regularly aboard ship, with an especial expertise on RMS Titanic and her sister ships Olympic & Britannic and how those three “White Star Sisters” – literally – changed historyOne of his lectures Titanic: Now & Then takes audience members back to that fateful night, — April 14/15, 1912 — when the “world’s most famous ship” disappeared beneath the waves. An avid collector of maritime literature, artifacts and stories, Perry’s presentations includes slides, photos, online video clips and rare books. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Perry moved to San Francisco in 1987. From 1998 – 2001, Perry took a sabbatical from his marketing and public relations firm, David Perry & Associates, Inc. (, to fulfill a life-long dream: circumnavigating the world by ship. As an officer aboard Crystal Harmony and then Crystal Symphony, Perry edited the ship’s daily newspaper, Reflections, for which he wrote the first-ever regularly-published onboard column about maritime history, Liner Lore. During this time he visited over 50 countries touching upon every continent save Antarctica. Since then, he returns to the sea as often as possible where his tales-of-the sea continue to earn high marks. Currently, he is working on two books: LinerLore: A Year Before the Masthead and ShipShape a comparative “picture book” about history’s most famous liners.