Preservation group owns SS United States
Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 8:01 pm
By JOANN LOVIGLIO
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A troubled historic ocean liner is finally getting an answer to its distress call.
The nonprofit SS United States Conservancy said Tuesday it has taken ownership of the famous cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines and its parent for $3 million.
The SS United States was threatened with scrapping many times since being abruptly decommissioned in 1969.
After decades of being towed from port to port, the ship known to fans as “Big U,” has been berthed in Philadelphia since 1996.
Celebrities and heads of state once crossed the Atlantic on the ship, which broke speed records that still stand. But the popularity of air travel doomed the liner.
The conservationists are seeking private developers to turn the ship into an entertainment facility.
Published in The Messenger 2.2.11