Donations save the iconic S.S. United States from the scrapyard…

Donations save the iconic S.S. United States from the scrapyard…

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“It would be like letting the State of Liberty be melted down”… the ship is now docked in Philadelphia… awaiting a new life or the scrapyards… 

 

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The S.S. United States sails away into history… On its final voyage… 

• The SS United States was launched in 1952 after a secret Cold War project to build the world’s fastest ship
• Bigger than the Titanic, the ocean liner’s passengers included four US presidents, Hollywood stars and royalty
• She was retired in 1969 after carrying a million passengers and is now rusting in Philadelphia’s Delaware River
• However, conservationists had been working with developers to turn it into a museum, restaurants and shops
• They issued an SOS last month, saying the $60,000 a month needed to keep it afloat have become unsustainable

Since then, more than $600,000 has been raised from supporters from across the world, guaranteeing the ship’s future well into next year…

A cruise aboard S.S. United States in the 1960s… 

A historic ship that still holds the record as the fastest ever to cross the Atlantic has been spared from the scrap heap – at least temporarily.

The SS United States, once the world’s most luxurious ocean liner, now lies derelict and rusting moored at a dock in Philadelphia’s Delaware River.

Launched in 1952 after a secret Cold War project to build the world’s fastest ship – dubbed America’s Flagship – it is longer than the Titanic and transported Hollywood stars, royalty as well as four U.S. presidents.

But it was just weeks from being sold for parts last month as The SS United States Conservancy struggled to raise the $60,000 per month to keep their rehabilitation project afloat.

However, on Monday, the Conservancy announced that it had raised more than $600,000 from supporters around the world – enough to keep the ship afloat well into next year.

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About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…