Women’s group to hear presentation on U.S.S. United States

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The U.S.S. United States. Photo courtesy of U.S.S. United States Conservancy

On Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m., the Granby Women’s Breakfast Group will host a presentation, via Zoom, by Jason Scappaticci, associate dean of student affairs, Manchester Community College. His talk will be about the U.S.S. United States, the fastest ship in the world.

The use of the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary in the World War II to ferry troops around the globe is thought to have shortened the length of the war. After the war, the United States decided it needed a fleet of big liners in case of another major conflict. The U.S.S. United States was the only one built. She was the pride of America in the 1950s and 60s and a symbol of America’s industrial might. After a successful career, she was abruptly pulled from service and today she sits rusting in Philadelphia. The story of her creation and career is a fascinating piece of twentieth century history.

Scappaticci, from Manchester, in addition to his MCC responsibilities, is active in local politics. He earned a BA in history from Utica College and an MA in American studies at Trinity College. He has a number of lectures on historical topics and has traveled throughout Connecticut to give the lectures for senior centers, libraries and historical societies.

Everyone is invited (men, too.) To register, send email contact info by April 15 to gwomensbkfst@gmail.com