500,000 square feet of exciting waterfront development on board America’s Flagship

The SS United States, an iconic national symbol, is ready to inspire once again and become an instant destination and new landmark in an American port city.

With over 12 decks and more than 500,000 square feet of internal space, the SS United States offers an unprecedented commercial redevelopment and historic preservation opportunity. Despite being withdrawn from service in 1969, the ship remains structurally sound and ready for a brilliant second act. The SS United States Conservancy is actively seeking a permanent, commercially viable location and program of use to ensure the ship is protected for generations to come.

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The Conservancy seeks redevelopment partners interested in not only in the long-term, commercial success of the ship, but also in saving this American treasure. The wide range of potential uses and combined sources of revenue generation include:

  • Hotel
  • Conference Center and Unique Event Space
  • Restaurants
  • Commercial Office Space
  •  Condominium/Residential
  • Performance/Cultural Space
  • Casino
  • Tech Incubator Space
  • Educational Uses

As a public charity charged with protecting the ship and highlighting her legacy, the Conservancy requires that the ship’s historic profile and exterior design be preserved, and that approximately 25,000 square feet be reserved for a publicly-accessible ship-board museum.


Is the ship structurally sound?

The SS United States was designed under the supervision of the Pentagon and was over-engineered. This made the ship exceptionally sturdy—comparable to a battleship. Recent extensive engineering surveys of the vessel both above and below the waterline have confirmed that the ship is structurally sound, capable of being moved and supporting redevelopment for a wide range of uses.

What is the Conservancy’s primary redevelopment goal? 

The Conservancy is primarily interested in ensuring that the vessel’s various historic design components and structural profile are preserved, and that space is set aside for a planned museum.

What environment remediation will need to be done prior to development? 

The Conservancy has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the EPA is aware of the vessel’s proposed conversion into a mixed use development. All environmental remediation work will commence during drydocking and continue during the restoration process.

How would the ship be moved to its permanent location? 

Utilizing an air draft survey and tow plan already developed in cooperation with a wide range of agencies, the ship would be towed at the developer’s discretion to a local dry dock facility for any remaining remediation and exterior renovation. It would then be towed to its permanent location.

How much space does the Conservancy require for museum and historic preservation purposes?

The Conservancy’s planned SS United States Museum of Design and Discovery will comprise approximately 25,000 square feet of space on board the vessel. A limited number of the ship’s original iconic spaces, such as a section of an engine room and the bridge, could be restored to further enhance the visitor experience.

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    • Complete 3D scanning of the vessel
    • Underwater survey with video
    • Slip silt conditions and paint chip sampling collection study
    • Air draft study and towing plan
    • Complete labeling, sounding, and verification of all ships tanks, bilge, and drain wells (approximately 150)
    • Survey, identification, and labeling of all hull piping penetrations and sea chests below load line, FO / ballast tank overflow piping, and air escape piping vents
    • Identifying, labeling, and testing of all Water Tight Doors
    • Completion of multiple data compilation
      surveys, identification, and preparation of documents for all tanks and containment collection areas of all other liquids onboard the vessel
    • Multiple tank scope survey work including opening all manhole access covers and initial camera with lighting videography scoping and sampling
    • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) files of all decks have been generated and are available in various formats.


Interested and qualified redevelopment partners can download a PDF document (which includes the appropriate contact information) here.

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