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SS United States, Philadelphia
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SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines designed to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record.Built at a cost of $79.4 million the ship is the largest ocean liner constructed entirely in the U.S. and the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction. Even in her retirement, she retains the Blue Riband, the accolade given to the passenger liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean in regular service with the highest speed.Her construction was subsidized by the U.S. government, since she was designed to allow conversion to a troopship should the need arise. United States operated uninterrupted in transatlantic passenger service until 1969. Since 1996 she has been docked at Pier 82 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.Design and constructionInspired by the exemplary service of the British liners and, which transported hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops to Europe during World War II, the U.S. government sponsored the construction of a large and fast merchant vessel that would be capable of transporting large numbers of soldiers. Designed by renowned American naval architect and marine engineer William Francis Gibbs (1886–1967), the liner's construction was a joint effort between the United States Navy and United States Lines. The U.S. government underwrote $50 million of the $78 million construction cost, with the ship's operators, United States Lines, contributing the remaining $28 million. In exchange, the ship was designed to be easily converted in times of war to a troopship with a capacity of 15,000 troops, or to a hospital ship.
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  • As you drive up I-95 or stop for shopping at IKEA you will see the SS United States in her dilapidated splendor, moored for the past 20 years at Pier 82 in the Delaware River. Rusted and stripped of h...  more »
  • See this piece of American history before she is either moved or scrapped and gone forever. A symbol of the Cold War, she is an important part of maritime history as the fastest passenger liner ever b...  more »
  • In the 1950s this ship achieved fame by breaking all speed records for East an West crossings of the Atlantic Ocean ,Three days 10 hours and three days 12 hours; average speed greater than 40 miles pe...  more »
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  • I was a passenger aboard the SS United States about fifty years ago traveling with my family from France to New York. My father was an Army officer on his way to Vietnam. The voyage was one that I will never forget. Soon after that, the ship was put into retirement where she sat for the past half century. A couple years ago I was crossing the Delaware and seen the faded red white and blue smoke stacks. I turned around to check her out. I was amazed. After all these year, she still looked as magnificent as when I first seen her. The paint was peeling and she had a lot of rust, but still floating. I hope we can breathe new life into her. She is worthy of saving as she is very much a part of our American history.
  • By way of analogy, it does speak to how America treats its own. Soon to be another contribution to the Great Scrapheap in the Sky... unless someone figures out how to make a buck from it first.
  • July 1960 New York to Southampton and returned from Le Harvre and survived a major hurricane in the Atlantic in September. I was 7 years-old. My parents cashed in their war bonds to take my 2 brothers and me on the trip. I will never forget the experience. It was fabulous and Europe was nice too.
  • This ship has been here for so long (more then 20 years ) that it's turned into an unsalvageable rust bucket and an eyesore. For years the organization that owns her wanted donations to save her, but the city of Philadelphia sees nothing special other then an old ship. On top of that they want your help in the former of donations but why would I donate my hard earned money when I can't get near her ???? That ship has seen better days and the chances of her ever being restored is grim. There motto is donate money to us but stay away from the ship. 20 years of sitting is enough time for donations, scrap this eyesore and get it off our beautiful water front !!!
  • Having seen this beauty, I can only say that this magnificent piece of work needs saved and restored.