Redevelopment plans are in the works for the SS United States, according to a statement released by SS United States Conservancy today. Details on restoring the 63-year-old luxury liner are forthcoming. An official press conference will be held at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on February 4th.
“After years of working to rescue and revitalize America’s Flagship, the SS United States, the SS United States Conservancy will host a press conference to announce that it has signed an option agreement with a major redevelopment partner,” says the press release.
“At the announcement, an exciting future for the ship will be revealed that envisions the SS United States again as an iconic symbol of America the world over. An artist rendering of the redeveloped ocean liner will also be unveiled.”
The transatlantic record-breaking ship first hit the seas in 1952 with a capacity to carry 1,928 passengers, including a crew of 900. It was taken out of service in 1969 and has sat moored at Pier 82 in South Philadelphia since 1996. The liner was designed by renowned naval architect and marine engineer William Francis Gibbs.
Efforts to save the ship from the scrap yard have been expensive and arduous. The conservancy pays $60,000 monthly just to maintain the vessel. The redevelopment deal will likely see the ship leave Philadelphia and return to its native port in New York City.
Step aboard the USS United States with this photo essay by Chandra Lampreich HERE.