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 at a cost of 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.
 
But 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, 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 (20)
  • reidi-4-bar
    2/11/2016 - 06:00 p.m.

    The SS United States is an ocean liner that is bigger than the titanic and it used to carry celebrity's across the Atlantic ocean at record speeds. The ship sits in Philadelphia and has been gutted and is rusting up. Crystal Cruises luxury travel may overhaul the ship but it will cost at least $700 million. I think that it would be cool if the beast of a ship could get back in the open sea and sail again.

  • audreyv-4-bar
    2/11/2016 - 07:49 p.m.

    The SS United States was left rusting, because it was getting old, and there are newer, faster, and nice ships out there that can be used instead. After all, ship is older that 50 years! "In its glory days in the 1950s..." this statement is referring to when the ship was modern and new, the 1950s.

    I found this article very astounding, to see that Crystal Cuisines will be able to restart a ship that is over 50 years old.

  • daytonb-3-bar
    2/11/2016 - 08:38 p.m.

    The SS United States had been left to rust because there was much more advances in the shipbuilding world. Also it's record of crossing the Atlantic was broken in 1990 meaning that there are now faster and more better, bigger ships then the USS United States. My opinion on this article is extremely interested I love that that this company wants to bring an old piece of American history. I wonder if when the ship is recommissioned if it will be known for its advancements in technology or will it be known as an old relic of the past.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    2/11/2016 - 08:54 p.m.

    I think that the SS United States was a wonder when it was still functional and moving. It was even bigger than the Titanic by one hundred eight feet. It was the biggest and fastest ship at that time. The SS United States carried immigrants, celebrities, and royalty. It has not been used for two decades. The ship has been rusting because it has been on the unused wharf of the Delaware River. A group called the Crystal Cruises has bought the ship but it must be studied before it can go back on the water.

  • sofiat-4-bar
    2/11/2016 - 09:36 p.m.

    It does not say why the SS United States was left rusting. But "Crystal Cruises luxury travel company has plans to overhaul the ship at a cost of 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." this is not the first time there have been plans to referbish the vessel but this might be the first time it was carried through and the once great ship might sail again. I find it interesting how the articles almost never answer the question.

  • mayaw-6-bar
    2/11/2016 - 09:55 p.m.

    The SS United States was left rusting because it is extremely expensive to buy/maintain such a huge ship. In paragraph 2, it states that,"Crystal Cruises luxury travel company has plans to overhaul the ship at a cost of at least $700 million." It is also stated in the last paragraph, that," In 2003, the Norwegian Cruise Lines said it planned an overhaul. But it never happened." Both of these pieces of evidence are indicating that it is extremely expensive to maintain and overhaul the SS United States, because the Norwegian Cruise Lines did not finish the deal. Therefore, the SS United States was left rusting because it is extremely expensive to buy/maintain. I chose this article because I am very interested in everything that is going on in the world, even if it is about a boat. I found this article interesting because it would cost $700 million just to overhaul the ship, which I think personally is a waste because it is estimated that all scientists need to dig to the mantle is $1 billion, and that discovery could tell us where we came from.

  • giovannig-1-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:04 p.m.

    The SS United States was left rusting because as the text said it was left docked in the Delaware River for over two decades. It is known that as metal is left in water for a long time and then occasionally has oxygen run over the metal that it will rust. Water and oxygen, combined, are the reason that only the SS United States rusts but all metal items. Especially if you leave metal in water for over two decades.

  • riannas-ric
    2/12/2016 - 12:06 p.m.

    The SS United States was left rusting. I think that it was left like this because there was no use for it anymore. In the story it says "The ship was decommissioned in 1969." This is telling me that the ship was not damaged or anything, it was decommissioned so they had no use for it anymore. That is why I think the SS United States was left rusting.

  • hshel-wim
    2/12/2016 - 12:46 p.m.

    I think it's a great idea to get the SS United States up and sailing through the seas once again. If you think about it, the ship shows strength in the United States that it has survived for so long. I hope they don't forget about it like in 2003 and I hope it sails the seas once again!

  • jfigu-wim
    2/12/2016 - 12:48 p.m.

    the SS United States was left rusting because it would be expensive to fuel, dangerous to sail, and it was falling apart.

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