During the war, the West Point had proven to be a reliable, powerful and safe ship and made her designers all honor. With this endurance test, the America created an even better reputation than before, and thus laid the foundation for the best conditions for a successful career in peacetime. There was only one problem: the luxury associated with the name America was gone. A detailed restoration should help shine and let the ship return to former glory.
During the restoration, however, pointed out that the cost of restoring the pre-war state ever climbed and topped the previously calculated outputs to a multiple.
The America was completely remodeled for use as a troop transport and cannibalized. But the original interior could not be used for recovery because it has either been sold, scrapped, stored or carelessly lost. By this great failure had much of what once constituted the charm of America, are faithfully remade, and without being in her young career never fulfilled its Original determining the transatlantic service.
Page 1: From troopship to luxury liner- The reconversion at Newport News
The required manufacture were diverse: cabin equipment, crew quarters, doors, brass fittings, window on the upper deck, floor coverings, furniture, electrical wiring, lighting and even some artworks were painstakingly restored or replaced with new ones.
The passenger capacity fell compared to the pre-configuration of war through new Trade Union policy of around 1200 to around 1050, while the number who crew members slightly increased from 620 with around 670.
The almost finished America during her restoration in 1946.
-Picture: National Archives-
The ship was owned by the National Maritime Commission since its completed military service. It should remain but not so and so sought a buyer for the pride of the American merchant marine. The horrendous costs were an obstacle to a successful sale with completion of extensive restoration on 7 million US however, $ were increased. With this financial burden in tow, no American shipping company, was interested in buying found America.
Only the United States lines thought about a reuse in its fleet. So, it came after some negotiations to a two-year limited Charter contract. The owner was the Maritime Commission.
This Charter agreement meant the longed-for new beginning but for the America. Finally, she got the opportunity to be as he she had been built the proud trans-Atlantic liner.
After further minor modifications and painting of the ship in the colors of the United States lines, the America was again ready for the passenger.
West Point upon their arrival in the Newport News shipyard after completion of military service.