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Going thru some of my parents things and ran across these. Traveling by ship in those days was much cheaper than flying, and the SS America was he fastest ship on the sea. I believe it may still hold a record for a trans-Atlantic crossing. Years later my mom recounted this story to me,: I was 4 at the time of this voyage, and my mom had gotten very seasick and was laying in bed, somehow some water had gotten on the floor, and I mentioned it to my mom who looks down on the floor and said " Thank God, we're sinking " Hope you enjoy seeing some maritime history











I think the water on the floor came from the sink, as this is the type of cabin we had.




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Amazing. Makes you take NY to Paris in 8 hours for granted.
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Spit out my beer. I think I would like your mom.
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I drive by her a few times a week. Looks like a ghost shop the way the paint is faded and peeling.
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Great story!

Still afloat in Philadelphia...has been eyeballed as an artificial reef


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Kangaroo tail soup....yikes!!
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Now that's a ship! not like today's moronic floating city's (so I'm old and old school) it would be sad to make her into a reef but father time has passed her long bye.
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There was a drive to restore it, I think it will either go to salvage or a reef....
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Originally Posted by PF-88 View Post
Now that's a ship! not like today's moronic floating city's (so I'm old and old school) it would be sad to make her into a reef but father time has passed her long bye.
A reef that helps support marine life for a ~100 years and billions of dollars in economic impact or Chinese junk that ends up in a landfill in a year...
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Now that's a ship! not like today's moronic floating city's (so I'm old and old school) it would be sad to make her into a reef but father time has passed her long bye.
there is a big difference between the classic Ocean Liners and today’s Cruise Ships.
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My parents and I also went to Germany on the SS United States around 1958,1959. It was so exciting for a boy my age (6 or 7). The thrill of a life time. Those were great times.
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Cool factor 1000x - Thanks for posting
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Redevelopment of the SS United States

In December of 2019, the SS United States Conservancy entered into an agreement with a prominent commercial real estate development firm, RXR Realty, which has been exploring options for the SS United States’ revitalization. With its maiden voyage in 1952, the United States became the fastest ocean liner to ever cross the Atlantic, and at 100 feet longer than the RMS Titanic, the largest ever entirely made in America. Learn more about the Conservancy’s redevelopment agreement with RXR Realty HERE. This agreement has been covered by a variety of news outlets, including Newsday.

On March 10, 2020, RXR announced the next step in its plans to restore and redevelop “America’s Flagship,” the iconic ocean liner, SS United States. Read more about next steps and the Conservancy’s continued involvement.
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It's claimed she could do 50mph to keep up with the carriers.
Wonder if she has a step?
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Very cool
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I shot this about 4 years......she's not looking any better. $60,000.00 a month just to keep her at the pier. I can't imagine the ship being turned into anything except a reef. The amount of millions of dollars that have been donated is staggering



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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post

Redevelopment of the SS United States

In December of 2019, the SS United States Conservancy entered into an agreement with a prominent commercial real estate development firm, RXR Realty, which has been exploring options for the SS United States’ revitalization. With its maiden voyage in 1952, the United States became the fastest ocean liner to ever cross the Atlantic, and at 100 feet longer than the RMS Titanic, the largest ever entirely made in America. Learn more about the Conservancy’s redevelopment agreement with RXR Realty HERE. This agreement has been covered by a variety of news outlets, including Newsday.

On March 10, 2020, RXR announced the next step in its plans to restore and redevelop “America’s Flagship,” the iconic ocean liner, SS United States. Read more about next steps and the Conservancy’s continued involvement.

Don't hold your breath on that one Lol
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Don't hold your breath on that one Lol
No way she will ever run under her own power again. I just can’t believe they are paying dockage for a 1000’ ship that’s scrap for over two decades.

My guess the developer may salvage a few chunks off her for a ship theater condo building on the waterfront and scrap the rest.

Nicer version of the Dockside condo building down the street
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
No way she will ever run under her own power again. I just can’t believe they are paying dockage for a 1000’ ship that’s scrap for over two decades.

My guess the developer may salvage a few chunks off her for a ship theater condo building on the waterfront and scrap the rest.

Nicer version of the Dockside condo building down the street
I would like to know what type of salary the people running the SS United States Conservancy are pulling in?

I remember Windmill Point a restaurant in Nags Head had a bunch of things from the ship. A bar, ships wheel along with some furniture.

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SS United States, the pride of Tidewater, Va.
I grew up spending my summers on the York River, back in the late 50s/early 60s every neighbors house had a framed print of her on the wall, A lot of these folks had built her down to Newport News.
My great aunt Mabel (born 1894) sailed her to France and back in the 50's, I still have an engraved crystal brandy snifter I guess she filched from aboard in my China cabinet.
Such a beautiful ship but time does pass us all by.

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