SS United States may sail again SS United States Conservancy Executive Director Susan Gibbs, left, and Crystal Cruises President & CEO Edie Rodriquez unveil an artist rendering of the SS United States, in New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew/Matt Rourke, File)
SS United States may sail again
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The SS United States, an ocean liner bigger than the Titanic that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds, may one day sail again.
 
Crystal Cruises luxury travel company has plans to overhaul the ship. The cost is expected to be at least $700 million. The massive steamship has been docked in Philadelphia for two decades, gutted and rusting at an unused wharf on the Delaware River.
 
Before it can be turned into a state-of-the-art commercial vessel, the SS United States must undergo a nine-month feasibility study.
 
In its glory days in the 1950s, the ship carried everyone from royalty to immigrants across the Atlantic Ocean. They were accompanied by three on-board orchestras. At the time, it was the biggest and fastest ocean liner that had ever been built in the United States. At 990 feet, it is 108 feet longer than the Titanic.
 
On its maiden voyage in 1952, the liner's 268,000-horsepower engines propelled it across the Atlantic in three days, 10 hours, 42 minutes. That record stood until 1990. The ship was decommissioned in 1969.
 
The SS United States is now owned by a conservation group. A purchase option has been signed by Crystal Cruises.
 
This is not the first time plans have been in the works for refurbishment. In 2003, the Norwegian Cruise Lines said it planned an overhaul.  But it never happened.

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Why was the SS United States left rusting?
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COMMENTS (26)
  • annag-4-bar
    2/11/2016 - 06:09 p.m.

    The SS United states was left rusting because as air travel got less expensive and more prevalent, the need for taking a ship that took 3 three days, 10 hours, and 42 minutes, became less necessary. I chose this article because ships and boats are very interesting.

  • heatherm-4-bar
    2/11/2016 - 07:46 p.m.

    This large ship that is 108 feet longer than the titanic, in the 1950's carried just about everyone from immagrints to royalty. This article claimes, that one day it may sail one day again. I chose this article because i personally loved the titanic movie, and this seems very interesting.

  • natalier-4-bar
    2/11/2016 - 08:45 p.m.

    The SS United States was left rusting because it didn't work anymore and no one probably thought that it would ever work again but, "The SS United States is now owned by a conservation group. A purchase option has been signed by Crystal Cruises,"(paragraph seven). The conservation group that newly purchased the SS United States now has a plan to revive the steamboat and someday soon the steamboat that carried celebrities across the ocean and used to hold a record for a voyage made in 1952 may work again and return to its duties. So, all the two decades it sat rusting payed off for something because hopefully the conservation group will go through with their plans and revive the ship. I thought this article wasn't very interesting and that it did not really provide enough information.

  • sheilah-6-bar
    2/11/2016 - 09:47 p.m.

    The SS United States was not active because they developed faster forms of transportation. It states in the article,"At the time, it was the biggest and fastest ocean liner that had ever been built in the United States." At that time it was very fast. Now, it is not very fast compared to planes, jets, and other faster forms of transportation. People now don't want to go on a slower ship. I found this article not surprising because we usually don't go out of the country on a boat.

  • johnd-3-bar
    2/11/2016 - 09:53 p.m.

    The SS United States left rusting because it was decommissioned and the owners had no reason to keep it in good condition. " The ship was decommissioned in 1969." That means the ship could no longer sale as of 1969. So keeping it in good condition would be out of the expense of whoever was repairing it. Since there was no plans to refurbish it then there was no reason to fix it. It was interesting article.

  • sethg-2-bar
    2/11/2016 - 10:00 p.m.

    The SS United States had been rusting because it was decommissioned. In paragraph five, the article states " The ship was decommissioned in 1969.'' With no where else to put the massive ship, it was left to rust in an unused Delaware wharf. I found this article interesting because I someday, want to go on a cruise.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    2/12/2016 - 12:37 a.m.

    The SS United States might be able to go out sailing again because people might have wanted the fastest and luxurious ship to be out sailing back into the sea because people might have wanted to get it back to normal and go back into sea. The people might have wanted to get SS United States back into the sea because people might have wanted to get the ship back onto the sea from a long time before it got forgotten. The people might have wanted to get SS United States back into the sea because people might have liked the ride and they wouldn't want to forget about their time on the ship. People might have wanted to get the ship back onto the sea because people might have not wanted to forget about the ship and the time when they hadn't gotten in any trouble which people might have wanted to not leave it rusting out in the air.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why was the SS United States left rusting?
    Answer: Because the ship had been left decommissioned in 1969.

  • arlethm-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:18 p.m.

    The SS United States was probably left rusting because airplanes might of started to be used a lot more. Airplanes were invented somewhere near 1903 and the SS United States' last voyage was in 1952. At that time airplanes were probably more efficient to use. So the people most likely put it aside and forgot about the SS United States.That is why the SS United States was left rusting.

  • ziont-orv-orv
    2/12/2016 - 01:21 p.m.

    Wow it doesn't look to luxury to me.

  • maddiei-orv
    2/13/2016 - 12:08 a.m.

    Im glad they are having a nine month study. Im glad they are repairing it, it would be so awesome to ride on the boat where so many old celebrities did, but I would also want to feel safe. At least 700 million is insane but I think it would be really cool and they would make a lot of business.

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