Conservancy Launches $500,000 Effort to Save the SS United States

SS United States

The SS United States Conservancy has recently launched an urgent effort to raise $500,000 to try to save the 1942-built SS United States.

According to the not-for-profit organization, the resources will be used to help cover the costs of the ship’s potential relocation and other critical expenses.

After a lengthy legal dispute, the US District Court in Philadelphia ruled on June 14, 2024, that the SS United States must vacate the berth at Pier 82 it has occupied for decades by September 12, 2024.

“We’re in a race against time to move the SS United States to a new location. The stakes couldn’t be higher. This is a moment for us to unite to save this symbol of our nation,” the Conservancy said on its website.

Proceeds from the fundraising campaign will be prioritized toward moving the vessel, should a suitable pier become available within the court-imposed timeline.

The Conversancy is currently considering pier options in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Texas.

In addition to finding a new suitable pier, the Conservancy said that the move would require funds for insurance, tugs, surveys and dock preparations to ensure the ship’s safe passage.

“Our search for a new temporary or permanent location has been ongoing and began well before the litigation, but if a dock cannot be found in the coming weeks, we’ll be forced to commit to reefing or scrapping the vessel,” stated Warren Jones, a member of the Conservancy’s board and a former SS United States passenger.

According to the group, potential pier locations in Philadelphia and along the East Coast are currently being explored.

The Conservancy is also said to be engaging in targeted outreach to federal and state officials including President Biden, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, the U.S. Navy, regional port authorities and others who could help with that effort.

All contributions to the organization’s urgent campaign are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, the group added. Those interested in contributing can visit www.SavetheUnitedStates.org.

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