The SS United States reunion and celebration will also mark the launch of an exciting new effort to promote the historic legacy of the SS United States, the largest and fastest ocean liner ever built on our shores. The SS United States Conservancy, an initiative of the SS United States Preservation Society, represents a new national effort to work on behalf of the SS United States. The SS United States Preservation Society, which was founded in 1992 with the goal of introducing Congressional legislation to protect the SS United States from destruction, played a lead role in raising public awareness of the ship's plight and securing the ship's listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
The new SS United States Conservancy will partner with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in preserving the ship's unique and storied history. NCL purchased the SS United States in April 2003 and has initiated a nine-month feasibility study on converting the liner back to active passenger service. NCL recognizes that it has acquired the crown jewel of the American merchant marine and shares the Conservancy's goals of preserving and celebrating the ship's historic legacy as it works to revitalize the vessel to meet current government regulations and cruise market standards
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Crew and Officers of the SS UNITED STATES launch a motorized lifeboat to assist a vessel in distress. Photo courtesy of Maire Apiou.
SSUS Conservancy Efforts
The SS United States Conservancy and NCL have begun collaborating on several fronts. Preliminary design work has begun on a large informational sign to be placed prominently at the ship's current home at Philadelphia's Pier 82, the site of growing local commerce and interest in the ship's history and status. Work is also underway on collecting oral histories of shipbuilders and crew and collecting footage for a film documentary. The Conservancy has also started to catalogue SS United States holdings in various museums and private collections around the nation and explore the design and development of a traveling exhibit featuring the SS United States.
Thank you so much for your ongoing
interest in and support of the SS United States.
With our best wishes,
Richard April - Bangor, Maine Bill DiBenedetto - Raleigh, North Carolina Susan Gibbs - Washington, DC Jeff Henry - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dan McSweeney - Washington, DC John Milligan - Houston, Texas Greg Norris - Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida Mark Perry - Los Angeles, California Richard Rabbett - Boston, Massachusetts
Come aboard with the SSUSC
Over the coming months, the SS
United States Conservancy (SSUSC) will announce
more exciting initiatives on behalf of the SS United
States. On October 2, we will launch an exciting
new website at www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org.
In the interim, we encourage anyone interested
in learning more about the great ship to join the
SS United States Group on Yahoo.com. This real-time
discussion forum has over 500 members comprised
of SS United States crew, builders, former passengers
and Big U enthusiasts.
If anyone who would like to learn
more about the Conservancy's efforts on behalf of
the SS United States or join us in our efforts, please
contact us at 617-320-8459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.