Behind PlanPhilly: “A Man and His Ship” Book Release and VIP Boat Tour

The next edition of “Behind PlanPhilly” will feature two events that celebrate a historic treasure currently docked on our Central Delaware riverfront and the former PlanPhilly reporter who wrote a book detailing its creation and its legacy.

Event #1: Thursday, July 19, 5:00pm-7:00pm — “A Man and His Ship” Book Release and Conversation REGISTER NOW

Event #2: Wednesday, August 1, 6:00-8:00pm — “A Man and His Ship” VIP Boat Tour of the Central Delaware REGISTER NOW

In March 2007, historian Steven Ujifusa wrote an incredibly detailed story for PlanPhilly documenting the history of the construction of the SS United States, the fastest trans-Atlantic liner in history, now docked in South Philadelphia along the Delaware River.  Ujifusa’s feature remains one of the highest-read stories in PlanPhilly’s history and has helped raise awareness of the historical significance of the “Big U,” the quirks and dedication of its designer, and has bolstered the SS United States Conservancy’s efforts to save it from the scrap yard.

Over five years later, PlanPhilly, Simon & Schuster, Steven Ujifusa and Independence Seaport Museum present Behind PlanPhilly: “A Man and His Ship” Book Release and Conversation.  This will be Simon & Schuster’s official launch event of Ujifusa’s book, A Man and His Ship, which tells the story of the ship through its architect, William Francis Gibbs.  PlanPhilly will lead a conversation with Ujifusa about the book and the ship’s place in history.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Independence Seaport Museum (map)

4th Floor

5:00pm-6:00pm: Networking

6:00-6:30pm: Conversation with Steven Ujifusa and Matt Golas, PlanPhilly Managing Editor

6:30-7:00pm: Audience Q&A and Wrap-Up

Tickets: FREE

Copies of A Man and His Ship will be available for sale at the event.

Light refreshments will be served.

ALSO, PlanPhilly will be offering a premium yacht tour of the Central Delaware, led by Ujifusa and PennPraxis Executive Director Harris Steinberg.  This event will provide ticket holders with the closest possible look of the SS United States, one-on-one conversation with Ujifusa, and a guided tour of Philadelphia’s original riverfront led by the leader of the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware.  Food and drink will be provided with ticket purchase.  Come join PlanPhilly for a beautiful summer evening along the riverfront!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ben Franklin Yacht Cruises

401 North Columbus Boulevard (map)

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Tickets: $35

For a preview of the book and a look inside the SS United States, click here.

We hope you can join us for these terrific events!  Please follow the prompts above to order tickets.

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