S.S. United States safe from scrap heap… for now

    A view some Philadelphia shoppers take for granted every day, may soon change dramatically. The IKEA parking lot and surrounding areas in South Philadelphia offer a great view of the S.S. United States. Now the company that owns the ship is trying to sell it and has made promises to the group trying to keep the ship from the scrap heap.

    A view some Philadelphia shoppers take for granted every day, may soon change dramatically. The IKEA parking lot and surrounding areas in South Philadelphia offer a great view of the S.S. United States. Now the company that owns the ship is trying to sell it and has made promises to the group trying to keep the ship from the scrap heap.

    (Photo credit: Flickr user nickherber. Creative Commons license.)

    Transcript:
    The S.S. United States set out on her maiden voyage in July 1952. Now Star Cruises says the ship will be sold to a U.S. buyer and will not be sold for scrap.

    S.S. United States Conservancy Board member Steven Ujifusa says he’s cautiously optimistic about the ship’s sale.  Given the economy, he says there’s a real danger the boat could end up on scrap piles in India or China.

    Ujifusa: “I can only imagine the irony or the impact of the headline ‘S.S. United States towed to India for scrap.’  The symbolism is all too clear so it would be a real shame.  It would be the equivalent of destroying the Brooklyn Bridge and tearing it up for scrap value.  It is a true national icon and completely irreplaceable.”

    Ujifusa hopes the S.S. United States will be turned into an attraction for visitors.

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    Join in the conversation at It’s Our City as readers of the blog discuss the fate of the S.S. United States.

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    Additonal Media:

    Movie trailer for S.S. United States: Lady in Waiting

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