SS United States Could Move to Brooklyn in Months, by Dan McQuade, July 16, 2014 – philadephiamag.com

A report in the New York Times on the ship notes the Conservancy, which owns the ship, is in deep discussions about the future of the 990-foot-long ocean liner. The ship has 500,000 square feet of service…the Conservancy believes it would take $170 million to $300 million to convert it into spaces for businesses and retail uses. And, well, it’s not going to stay in Philadelphia. The Conservancy looked at many sites, but New York seems to be the most sensible one. A person “optimistic” about the chances of a deal say the move to Brooklyn could be OKed “within four to six months.”

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Keeping a Historic Ship Afloat, by Jon Hurdle, July 15, 2014 – nytimes.com

Saying the ship could be only months away from being broken up, the conservancy is in talks with three developers about its potential to become a hotel, museum, shopping and restaurant mall, entertainment complex, conference center, educational facility, or some combination of all options for reuse.

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Saving the SS United States, interview by Marty Moss-Coane (audio podcast), July 2, 2014 – WHYY Radio Times

We talk to Gibbs’ granddaughter, SUSAN GIBBS, Executive Director of the SS United States Conservancy and STEVEN UJIFUSA, historian and author of A Man and His Ship: America’s Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States.

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Jim Pollin throws lifeline to the crumbling ‘50s ocean liner SS United States by Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, June 16, 2014

Tuesday morning, Pollin, son of the late Washington philanthropist and sports team owner Abe Pollin, announced a $120,000 gift to the District nonprofit group that owns the ship and boost to the campaign to save the liner from the scrap yard.

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Cruise Industry Executive, Son of Late Capitals, Wizards Owner Saves Historic Propeller from Destruction, Makes Largest Contribution toward Saving the United States Since 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – With the last of the SS United States’ historic five-bladed propellers just days away from being scrapped, cruise industry executive Jim Pollin, has donated $120,000 to the SS United States Conservancy to save the propeller and support a national campaign to repurpose America’s Flagship. The donation, as well as a pledge to match an additional $100,000 in other contributions for the ship’s upkeep, was announced this morning in front of the once Top Secret 60,000-pound propeller on board the SS United States.

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Conservancy Urgently Searching for Buyer to Pay Maintenance Costs for Nation’s Flagship Will be Forced to Sell 60,000lb Propeller to Recycler If Not Sold by June 3rd,  2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Conservancy fighting to save America’s Flagship is in a race against time to save the historic vessel and has taken the unusual step of offering one of its propellers for sale.  The organization needs the financial resources to care for the nearly 1000-ft long vessel as they continue to negotiate with potential developers and investors to repurpose the ship as a museum and mixed-use destination.

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The SS United States Conservancy is proud to announce the upcoming exhibit, SS United States: Charting a Course for America’s Flagship, opening at the Independence Seaport Museum

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Three-time Emmy Award winning sportscaster Jim Nantz is supporting the effort to save America’s Flagship, the SS United States. Nantz joins the likes of tennis legend Billie Jean King and NFL coaching icon Dick Vermeil in endorsing the global effort to protect this irreplaceable piece of our history.

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Bronze medalist Herb Douglas answers the call to save the SS United States.

Support for the SS United States is growing by leaps and bounds, and now more than ever the Conservancy is calling on all Americans to rally for our country’s namesake Flagship. Now that the world’s attention is focused on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, we are proud to announce that legendary Olympian Herb Douglas has answered that call and has pledged his support for saving the SS United States.

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Ravi Giberson with his lego model of the SS United States.

The Philadelphia Chapter was proud to have Ravi Giberson attend the January 2014 chapter meeting. Here, Ravi presents his lego model of the SS United States.

Ravi Giberson’s passion for the SS United States is infectious. Conservancy members and Big U fans will remember a speech he gave at a Conservancy event last summer. The Philadelphia Chapter was proud to have Ravi attend their January 2014 chapter meeting held on January 18, 2014 at Champp’s restaurant.

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The newly formed Hampton Roads Chapter will be holding it first meeting at 7:00 on Dec 12th. The meeting will be held at the Newport News Gibbs & Cox office located at 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd Suite 100, Newport News, Va. 23606.

This meeting will be a meet-and-greet where we will discuss the newly formed Chapter and work together on plans for a path forward and future events. We will also have a small presentation. Reviewing some recently taken pictures of the ship, walking deck by deck looking at the current condition of some of our favorite spaces on board the “Big U.”

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Philadelphia Holiday Party

Join the Conservancy leaders and the Philadelphia Chapter for a festive gathering with fellow SSUS supporters. Susan Gibbs will provide an up-to-the-minute update on the current status of the ship and our efforts to save her, as well as goals for the new year.

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Image of the SS United States’ bow, courtesy of Matt Rourke/AP

The Associated Press released a major story that was picked up by media outlets worldwide regarding our efforts to prepare the SS United States for redevelopment. From locations spanning California, Indiana and Washington, DC, to Nova Scotia, Australia, and the UK, people are reading about America’s Flagship’s plight and potential and sharing their stories and support. If you missed it, the full article and photos can be viewed HERE.

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Detail from Wanderer Above Philadelphia, Jonathan Ryan, 18″x24″ gouache on paper, 2013.

Local artist and MFA student, Jonathan Ryan, and his colleagues at the Tyler School of Art will open their studios to the greater Philadelphia public this weekend. Tyler is ranked among the top 10 MFA programs in Painting by U.S. News and World Report. Several of Ryan’s paintings feature the SS United States and depict parts of the ship from a unique, fresh angle.

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As those of you who have seen the SS United States at her pier in Philadelphia know, last year the Conservancy installed a 96-foot long colorful banner announcing our SavetheUnitedStates.org Campaign. Sadly, the banner has been battered by the elements and needs to be replaced. We are urgently seeking sponsors to help cover the $2,000 cost or reproduce the banner on a pro bono basis. We have already received donations from some of our generous supporters. Please let us know if you are able to help!

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Wondering what our chapters do? They provide local area support to the Conservancy and plan several fundraisers throughout the year. Chapters work closely with Conservancy staff to recruit members, secure local media coverage, and raise public awareness of the SS United States. If you’d like to see if we have a Chapter in your area, please visit our Chapters Page. And if there is not yet a Chapter near you, please reach out to us and we’ll help you start one!

Florida Calling all Florida residents! Would you like to take a more active role in helping to save the SS United States? We’d love to hear from you! The former chairman of the Conservancy’s Philadelphia Chapter has relocated to Florida and is looking for members to help get our Florida Chapter launched! The Chapter is planning a holiday celebration in December as its official kick-off meeting for anyone who would like to become a member.

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The Conservancy is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative pre-development program that will help prepare the SS United States for conversion into a mixed-use development and museum complex.  This program will include the selective reclamation of obsolete materials aboard the vessel that will help cover the ship’s carrying costs as well as advance our future SS United States Center for Design and Discovery.  Since the kick-off of the Conservancy’s $500,000 “Save Our Ship” Campaign earlier this year, we have been vigorously pursuing a range of creative fundraising approaches.  While we continue to search for a permanent location for “America’s Flagship,” this pre-development program will generate crucial revenue in support of our key goals.

Guided by an expert group of marine engineers, naval architects, maritime historians, and museum specialists, the Conservancy has identified materials aboard the vessel that must be removed prior to the ship’s redevelopment.  These items are located below B Deck in spaces closed to public view, are not part of our future preservation or curatorial plans, and are not vital to the vessel’s structural integrity.  This program will support the Conservancy’s core stewardship mission and will not alter the historic vessel’s appearance or design. All work will be carried out in full compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

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The SS United States Conservancy’s recent outreach events in Philadelphia–including massive illuminations atop the PECO Building and the Cira Centre and a rally in LOVE Park rally on June 18th–to save Philadelphia’s own ‘Lady in the Harbor’ and America’s Flagship, the SS United States, has garnered significant attention in the local media. Sources such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, local CBS and FOX television news affiliates, WHYY Newsworks, and iradiophilly have covered the event, highlighting the ship’s plight, the Conservancy’s SOS Campaign to raise $500,000 for the preservation of the ship, the crowd-funding platform employed at Save The United States, and the designer William Francis Gibbs’ connections to Philadelphia.

“It’s quite an extraordinary experience to go aboard the ship,” Conservancy executive director Susan Gibbs WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate. ”Even though it’s dark and there is a flashlight in hand, the ship still evokes the seagoing glamour of the 50′s and 60′s.”

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SUPPORTERS TO RALLY TUESDAY FOR PHILLY’S OWN ‘LADY IN THE HARBOR’ – THE SS UNITED STATES

Event in LOVE Park in Center City to Feature Contests, Prizes, ‘Jimmy and the Parrots,’ to be Followed by Movie Screening at Independence Seaport Museum

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PECO BUILDING AND CIRA CENTRE TO BRING AMERICA’S FLAGSHIP TO DOWNTOWN

WHAT:  Philadelphia residents and visitors will notice something different about the city’s historic skyline next week as both the iconic PECO Building and Cira Centre will simultaneously be lit with colorful graphics and messages with the hope of raising awareness about the plight of America’s Flagship, the SS United States. Graphics will encourage viewers to visit www.SavetheUnitedStates.org to participate in saving the ship.

The PECO Building, with it’s famous wrap-around marquee will display a color scale graphic of the greatest American ocean liner while the Cira Center’s 400 foot facade will be transformed into a giant red, white and blue funnel – one of the most recognizable design elements of the fastest passenger ship ever built.   The SS United States has been moored in Philadelphia harbor for nearly two decades.  The SS United States Conservancy is currently in the midst of a national S.O.S. campaign to raise funds to prevent the historic vessel from being scrapped.

WHO:  The SS United States Conservancy, PECO Building, Cira Centre

WHEN: Buildings will be lit nights of June 17, 18 and 19, 2013

MEDIA:  Media wishing to obtain B-Roll footage of the buildings may do so from any suitable public viewing area.  Press wishing to interview SS United States Conservancy leaders can contact 917-579-2216 or TBasile@Empirestrategy.com.

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Billie Jean King
Hall of Fame Tennis Legend Will Serve as Advocate for Saving America’s Flagship, Joins Advisory Council

PHILADELPHIA, PA…May 27, 2013— This time it’s not a Battle of the Sexes, it’s a race against time as one American champion lends a hand to save another. With the SS United States Conservancy continuing its SOS campaign to save America’s Flagship, Tennis Hall of Famer and owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms of Mylan World TeamTennis, Billie Jean King will be assisting the non-profit group in raising awareness about the plight of our nation’s most historic maritime achievement. King will also serve as an honorary member of the Conservancy’s Advisory Council.

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S-O-S: Save Our Ship!, by Nate Rawlings, TIME.com, May 20, 2013

The plight and potential of the SS United States was covered by TIME Magazine as part of our growing media coverage during our urgent “SOS” campaign.

“Given the right location and project, the conservancy hopes the United States could become a popular attraction, serving as a monument to the age when ocean liners connected the far ends of the world.”

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Susan Gibbs on CNN

CNN reporter Sarah Hoye recently covered the SS United States‘ plight and potential in a video package and article, featured on the front page of CNN.com. Conservancy Executive Director Susan Gibbs and SS United States Redevelopment Project Managing Director Dan McSweeney were both interviewed. “This is an extraordinary American achievement,” said Gibbs. “An amazing expression of our post-war history, and it would be so tragic to see it destroyed.”

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SS United States Redevelopment Project Managing Director Dan McSweeney discusses the SS United States with Fox News' Steve Doocy on "Fox and Friends", March 27, 2013

SS United States Redevelopment Project Managing Director Dan McSweeney discusses the SS United States with Fox News’ Steve Doocy on “Fox and Friends”, March 27, 2013

Fox News’ national morning show Fox and Friends today featured an interview with Dan McSweeney, Managing Director of the SS United States Redevelopment Project. In addition to featuring the Conservancy’s work, McSweeney discussed the Conservancy’s crowdfunding platform, SavetheUnitedStates.org, as well as the tremendous redevelopment potential of the ship.

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Dear Friend of the SS United States:

I wrote to you last fall about the need to extend the timeline of our Request for Proposals for redevelopment of the SS United States.  At that time, I held much hope that one of the potential real estate partners with whom we were negotiating would enter an agreement with the SS United States Conservancy to re-purpose the ship as a permanently moored mixed-use development.

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Dear SS United States Conservancy supporter,

This week we are launching an urgent “Save Our Ship” campaign to raise funds to extend support for the 1,000-foot-long vessel’s carrying costs while we continue to advance our museum and redevelopment plans.  Click here to view our press release and click here to read today’s Associated Press story.  While we have made great strides over the course of the year, our efforts have now reached a critical threshold.

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AMERICA’S FLAGSHIP MAY SOON BE LOST DUE TO HIGH COSTS

Though Progress Has Been Made, Historic SS United States Could Face Destruction Without Political Will, Public Support and Private Investment

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“MADE IN AMERICA” PREMIERES, SHOWCASES THE HISTORY, PLIGHT OF THE SS UNITED STATES – AMERICA’S FLAGSHIP

Film Launched to Bolster
SavetheUnitedStates.org Campaign

(New York, NY) February 11, 2013 — Forty years ago, New York’s famed Grand Central Terminal faced destruction until historic preservationists and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stepped up to save it.  This year, Grand Central celebrates its 100th Birthday, as yet another American engineering and architectural icon finds itself in a race against time.  As part of a national campaign to save America’s Flagship, the SS United States, renowned director Robert Radler has completed a new documentary, SS United States: Made in America.  The film is the sequel to Radler’s acclaimed PBS documentary SS United States: Lady in Waiting, produced by Emmy Award winning writer Mark B. Perry in 2008.  The new film includes rare archival footage and updates on the plight of the “Big U” and the SS United States Conservancy’s efforts to save the fastest ship ever built.

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CBS Sunday Morning, February 17

As those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter already know,  CBS Sunday Morning  will feature the SS United States on Sunday, February 17 (Originally scheduled for January 20).

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We’ve partnered with director Bob Radler to bring you a new five-part documentary, SS United States: Made in America, which will make an exclusive online premiere beginning in this month. This spectacular new release, a follow-up to SS United States: Lady in Waiting (2008), includes incredible footage of the ship, both in her heyday and in her current state, as well as interviews with former passengers, crew, maritime experts, and Conservancy leadership.

The film will be released in five parts, with Chapter One AVAILABLE NOW on our website. Click here to view Chapter One of the series.

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John and Mary Anderson

 

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Dead Man Down ComparisonIn addition to appearing on CBSSunday Morning this week, the SSUnited States will enjoy time on the silver screen in the new Niels Arden Oplev thriller Dead Man Down (rated R), starring Colin Farrell and scheduled for release on March 8, 2013.

Scenes were shot aboard the SS United States last April, and the filmmakers used some “digital magic” to move the ship out of her Philadelphia berth. Watch the trailer here (watch for the “Big U” at 01:52).

 

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Hopes U.S. Officials Will Support Similar Vision for America’s Flagship

(New York, NY) January 8, 2013—The SS United States Conservancy, owners of America’s Flagship, the historic SS United States, released the following statement praising key officials in the City of London for backing a redevelopment and museum plan for the QE2, which was recently rumored to have been sold for scrap by its owners in Dubai. The Conservancy is currently pursuing similar redevelopment options for the famed American ship in hopes of saving the fastest ocean liner ever built from demolition:

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Thank you to all who were able to attend the SS United States Conservancy’s annual holiday parties in New York and Philadelphia this year! Both events were great successes and we owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who helped make them possible.

Thank you to all those who helped sponsor our event in New York City:

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We’d like to extend our heartfelt wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and thank you for your continued support. Word continues to spread about our campaign to “Save Our Ship” and develop the SS United States Center for Design and Discovery, and your continued backing is what makes these successes possible.

As you may have heard, the venerable Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 has reportedly been sold to Chinese interests for scrap. Along with the SS United States, the QE2 is one of the world’s last remaining classic liners. We must not allow “America’s Flagship” to meet this same fate. Please help us ensure that the SS United States survives and thrives for generations to come by joining the Conservancy, helping us recruit new members, and becoming a virtual “ship owner” at SaveTheUnitedStates.org.

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Give the Gift of the SS United States

Are you searching for last-minute gift ideas? Need something for the person who seems to have everything? Give the gift of the SS United States!  Purchase and personalize a section of our virtual ship at SaveTheUnitedStates.org and then fill out a special SS United States ”shipowner” gift certificate.  Instructions can be downloaded here.

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The nation’s greatest ocean liner — a timeless marvel that perfectly embodies the country’s postwar power, optimism and unshakable “can-do” spirit — is rusting away at her pier. We’re calling on you to help “America’s Flagship” survive and thrive.

Dear Friend of the SS United States:

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Annual Appeal Highlights

Last year, the SS United States Conservancy’s purchase of the SS United States saved the vessel from certain scrapping. This year, the Conservancy celebrated the 60th anniversary of the ship’s historic maiden voyage. However, our work is not yet done.

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The SS United States Conservancy is happy to announce two festive holiday parties, hosted by our New York and Philadelphia chapters, and a chapter-wide meeting of our Washington, DC chapter in the coming weeks.

Our New York Chapter will be hosting a holiday party at the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmens’ Club on 37th St. & Lexington Ave. in New York City. The event will be Friday, December 14, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and more are provided for the price of your tax-deductible admission. Click HERE for details and tickets.

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Thank you for your support as we work to save and restore “America’s Flagship” and develop our new SS United States‘ Center of Design and Discovery. We will share more important updates in the weeks to come, but on this special day, we simply want to say thank you. We know how many compelling causes compete for your time and attention. However, in the words of the Conservancy’s former Honorary Chair Walter Cronkite, to lose the “Big U” would commit a “crime against history.” Thank you for all of your help during this truly momentous year!

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Renowned maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham visited us at our Philadelphia Chapter meeting on November 10. Maxtone-Graham is the author of several books on ocean liners, including “The Only Way to Cross”, considered one of the best accounts of shipboard life during the golden age of transatlantic travel. He is currently working on a new book about the SS United States, and endorsed the Conservancy’s efforts, saying “I hope this ship will be restored as expeditiously and as perfectly as Susan [Gibbs] and the Conservancy are now planning.”

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The SS United States Conservancy and Redevelopment Project are carefully tracking Hurricane Sandy and are taking appropriate measures to ensure the SS United States remains safely and securely at her slip during the storm.

The ship’s managers, Atlantic Logistics, have reinforced ship maintenance and safety staff during this critical time. Around-the-clock shifts are watching the vessel and are in contact with a tugboat on standby to support the the ship, if need be. Additional staff are also on hand to provide support.

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Our global fundraising campaign, SavetheUnitedStates.org offers a Corporate Sponsorship Program that enables businesses and other organizations to help save America’s Flagship. On her record-breaking maiden voyage 60 years ago, the SS United States showed the world the very best of American innovation. Large or small organizations can demonstrate their commitment to saving the ship by participating in our innovative online fundraiser to ensure that our nation’s flagship is preserved for generations to come.

We need your help to spread the word about our Corporate Sponsorship Program. SavetheUnitedStates.org offers an array of unique sponsorship opportunities and benefits including prominent brand recognition, national media attention, naming opportunities, customized tours, and appreciation events. Click HERE to view our Corporate Sponsorship brochure.

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STUS Banner

Have you driven by the SS United States lately? As we continue to raise funds and prepare the ship for restoration, we’ve mounted a banner across the length of the ship’s flybridge — letting the many passers-by know how to help us with our mission. If you take any new photos of the ship, be sure to share them with your friends — and direct them to our campaign site at SaveTheUnitedStates.org!

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NEW ONLINE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES TO SAVE THE UNITED STATES

Groundbreaking Online Experience Leverages Social Networking, Power of Internet to Save and Restore America’s Flagship

(New York, NY) July 11, 2012 — In time for the 60th anniversary of her historic maiden voyage, the SS United States is steaming onto computer screens across America.  The Save the United States campaign (www.SavetheUnitedStates.org) blends social networking with historic preservation to raise awareness and resources for the cause of saving America’s flagship.  The new interactive experience is intended to create an online community around protecting this global symbol of America’s power, pride and innovation. For as little as $1, supporters can help save a big piece of our history.

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FAMED NFL COACH DICK VERMEIL SETS UP DRIVE TO SAVE THE UNITED STATES IN NEW PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Super Bowl XXXIV Champion Coach Goes Long for America’s Flagship

 

Philadelphia, PA…May 31, 2012 – He knows what it’s like to lead a team to victory.  Now former NFL coach and broadcaster Dick Vermeil is lending a hand to America’s flagship, the SS United States in a new public service campaign. Vermeil stars in a new public service announcement which will be distributed to television stations in connection with the 60th anniversary of the launch of the world’s fastest ocean liner will help raise awareness about the ship’s history and drive interest in the efforts to restore and repurpose her.

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The Ocean Liner United States: Celebrating the Past and Future of America’s Flagship” opened on May 18 at the Forbes Galleries, New York. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 10am – 4pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  The Galleries are located at 60 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The wonderful exhibition features an exquisite collection of over 120 artifacts, including china, furniture, artwork and documents from the ship’s top-secret design.  The treasures include Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren’s original plaques of American birds that once hung in a first class suite; private papers from the vessel’s designer, William Francis Gibbs, as well as from Commodore John Anderson, the ship’s longest-serving captain, and photos and recollections from various passengers and crewmembers.  The exhibition also draws attention to the SS United States Conservancy’s efforts to rescue and restore the SS United States and develop a major shipboard museum.

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This past April, the SS United States Redevelopment Project (SSUSRP) announced the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), the first step in an aggressive campaign to identify a developer to repurpose the SS United States as a 21st century waterfront destination. The word has spread amongst commercial developers, and interest in the ship is on the rise. The Redevelopment Project is pleased to announce that, to accommodate the upswing of interest, and to provide ample opportunity to new prospective commercial partners, the extension for the RFQ. The new deadline is June 1, 2012. Additional tours of the vessel for RFQ respondents will also be held during the month of May.

To read Maritime Executive’s coverage of this news, please go here.

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Over the course of her illustrious 17-year service career, SS United States carried more than her share of luminaries. With names like Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, John Wayne and Walt Disney, her passenger lists read like a Who’s Who of midcentury Tinseltown. Now, in 2012, the SS United States is once again playing host to the stars, providing a backdrop for Dead Man Down, a new thriller.

On last Monday, April 23rd, Conservancy and Redevelopment Project leadership, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and James Zolfo, Co-Executive Producer of the film, held a press briefing at Philadelphia’s Pier 82. Joined by Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Mayor Nutter and Zolfo spoke about the Dead Man Down and Philadelphia’s burgeoning role in the film industry, while Conservancy Executive Director Susan Gibbs and Redevelopment Project Managing Director Dan McSweeney spoke about upcoming events for the 60th anniversary of SS United States’s maiden voyage.

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