Nov 22, 2016 — Penn Live: How ‘America’s flagship’ ended up decaying outside of an Ikea

 Courtesy of Julia Hatmaker.

Courtesy of Julia Hatmaker.

This excellent article by Julia Hatmaker delves into the rich history of the SS United States — including William Francis Gibbs’ legendarily obsessive fireproofing — and projects what the future could hold for “the jewel of the American maritime experience.”

Hatmaker’s piece includes gorgeous video reporting from our crew reunion in September. “It is not fair to say that this is just a ship,” former passenger Heinz Bayer told her. “It is more than a ship. It is for people like me, a way into a new life … and a new world. It becomes like a mother that takes you someplace where you’re safe, and the SS United States had been my mother in regards to that.”

Click here to read the full piece.