S.S. UNITED STATES GETS A PUSH
ONCE THE FASTEST OCEAN LINER in the world, setting transatlantic records in the 1950s, the restoration of the luxurious S.S. United States has been having trouble getting underway. The nonprofit group that owns the ship hopes to change that,
with the help of cruise-industry executive Jim Pollin, who donated $120,000 to the ship’s
campaign to save the huge five-bladed prop from being sold for scrap.
The S.S. United States had a cruising career that lasted 17 years, through the end of the
era of transatlantic ocean liners. Since 1996, though, the 990-foot steel and aluminum ship
has been laid up in Philadelphia, stripped of her fireproof fittings and appointments, where a
succession of owners have attempted to bring it back to life. In 2011, just before it was to be
scrapped, the ship was purchased by the nonprofit S.S.
United States Conservancy,
which plans for the ship
to be moved to New York,
where it will serve as a museum and retail space. Those
plans are far from certain,
however. In a press release,
Conservancy Director Susan
Gibbs said, “Jim’s generosity
will help ensure that the propeller will remain aboard the
ship, where it belongs. Now,
we must save the rest of
the vessel.” — C.L.
MID-ATLANTIC SMALL CRAFT FESTIVAL
CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM
St. Michaels, Maryland
UNITED STATES SAILBOAT SHOW
AMERICA’S GREAT LOOP CRUISERS’
Fall Rendezvous & Reunion
Joe Wheeler State Park, Alabama
UNITED STATES POWERBOAT SHOW
OCTOBER 30–NOVEMBER 3
FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
The S.S. United States, docked in Philadelphia.
THEY HAD FUN IN THE SUN!
The first annual BoatU.S. Membership Flotilla with The Moorings
took place in the British Virgin Islands last June and was a rollicking success. (Check our December issue for the feature by
Chris Edmonston, who took his family on the charter). So let’s
do it again! The 2015 Flotilla will take place July 21-27 in the BVI
with special deals exclusively for BoatU.S. Members. Stay tuned
for additional info. www.Moorings.com/BoatUS