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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  • In a huge passenger ship moored at the pier in Philadelphia.. Not to go all the way, so quite a way from the Centre. From the other side by a huge passenger ship moored at the pier in Philadelphia.. Not to go all the way, so quite a way from the Centre. Seen from the opposite bank appears two large chimneys, damaged much of the.
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  • This majestic ship who still holds the speed record for crossing the Atlantic today lies rusting across from Ikea and Chic Fil A. This ship is worth seeing and saving. Consider donating to the conserv...  more »
  • This attraction can be viewed from afar, and while weathered is a great photo op. There are no regular tours as she is berthed in a secure port area. We were only able to see it up-close due to specia...  more »
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  • Took my breathe away. I was 8 months old in 1960. Took the voyage back with my mom to NYC. I was more excited to see her then many Christmas mornings. This is a piece of living history & sits very solemnly in a shipyard in Philadelphia. It should be saved & refurbished for all to see, & treated as it should, like a living president of our great country for which it is named after. Please save & preserve the Ship.
  • Iconic piece of American Maritime history. I remember seeing her being towed to dry dock in Norfolk back in the 80’s for a hull inspection when she was docked down there at the International Marine Terminal. The signs mounted on the bridge of the ship need to be bigger, can’t see or read them from the street without binoculars.
  • Flying into Philadelphia I looked down from the plane and there she was the S.S. United States. Even thousands of feet in the air there was no mistaking the ship. I was so glad to see she was safe at home. I traveled to see her up close. It was an amazing sight. However, it was very sad to see such a wonderful ship in such forgotten condition. Hopefully, the American people will somehow see fit that she is restored and not lost to history.
  • The SS United States was an absolutely beautiful sight to see! I enjoyed every single moment being close to her. Not because of her condition, but I knew I was looking at a piece of history. I saw the Fastest ship in the world, the biggest ship built in America, and a symbol of national pride. I never saw her chipping paint, or any rust. I was able to see her funnels shine, and almost hear the horn and the music as if it were her maiden voyage. I have indeed seen comments about "Mottos to donate money and to stay away from her", but I highly recommend seeing her. If you are one of those people that agree about getting rid of her, I have something to tell you. "Have you even payed any attention to her? Did you know that the SS United States is currently (still) the fastest ship across the Atlantic? If you see a rusty old ship that is a pain to look at, feel ashamed. You are looking at a piece of history, and American Pride. Instead of looking at her in a way that makes you want to get rid of her, Look at her and see what I saw. See the stacks gleam, and see the rust fade away. The SS United States is not ignored, and she is in fact being protected, and looked at by many. Unfortunately, there aren't any areas in a constant location to learn about her, and know what she is. The SS United States deserves to get restored, and my I say, God bless the SS United States, and America.
  • This is a piece of history that should be restored to the fullest somebody out there has the money to do this it just needs to get in the right hands we need to preserve our past for our future this ship up close is absolutely breathtaking and please please please get help to restore this piece

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