SS United States may sail again
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 (28)
  • hturner-cel
    2/15/2016 - 10:24 a.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 and then faster ways of transportation were made.The conservation group that recently purchased the SS United States now has a plan to revive the steamboat and maybe the steamboat that carried celebrities across the ocean and used to hold a record for a voyage may work again.

  • usherc-rei
    2/15/2016 - 04:38 p.m.

    I think that the SS United States was left rusting because of the cost to maintain it. It would cost 700 million to fix. Also airplanes were more common and was increasingly cheaper.

  • william1108-yyca
    2/15/2016 - 08:22 p.m.

    I can't believe that the ship is sailing again. But also I have never seen or heard of that ship before. But it is nice that they old rusty ship is sailing nicely and well. But it was a good attempt that someone tried to get the SS united states. But it is sad that it got destroyed. Maybe one day I will learn more about it someday.

  • emmam-2-hol
    2/16/2016 - 11:27 a.m.

    The metal has been in the water too long.It is also very old.

  • serigoa-hol
    2/17/2016 - 12:02 p.m.

    Why would they leave it like that that long

  • lancet-612-
    2/17/2016 - 03:19 p.m.

    The reason the SS United States was rusted because it disscomished and was left, but why couldn't put in museum instead?

  • brandonn-pel
    2/18/2016 - 11:35 a.m.

    The SS United States was left rusting in the harbor because many of its usual customers started using planes. They started using planes because the where new to travel, and cheaper.

  • henryb-
    2/22/2016 - 06:46 a.m.

    The reason the SS United States was left rusting was because it was old. The author says," In its glory days in the 1950s, the ship carried everyone from royalty to immigrants across the Atlantic Ocean." He also says," The ship was decommissioned in 1969." That was a relatively long time ago. Its record time was also beaten. So, what's the need for this ship? The author says," 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" That's why the SS United states was left rusting.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    2/22/2016 - 01:06 p.m.

    The ship was left in the docks because it was not used for decades. Now, it will be restored and set sail again.

  • chopink-kut
    2/23/2016 - 10:56 a.m.

    I think that that SS United states is left rusting because that ship is huge and it takes 700 million to repair that's alot

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