New Piers for the SS United States Identified

SS United States

The SS United States Conservancy is making progress in its search for a new home for the SS United States.

According to an update shared on its social media profiles, the not-for-profit organization has conducted outreach and is currently exploring several locations across the United States, including:

  • The Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Piers operated by the United States Navy
  • Private piers in and around Philadelphia
  • Private piers in and around Camden, NJ
  • Piers near the Port of Baltimore, MD
  • Ports of Savannah, Georgia
  • Hampton Roads area, including Newport News, VA
  • Locations in Florida and Texas

 

“Our search for a new temporary or permanent location has been ongoing and began well before the litigation,” the Conservancy said in the update.

Currently docked in the Port of Philadelphia, the SS United States is facing eviction after a legal battle over rent payments for the pier where it has been since 1996.

In mid-June, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Anita Brody ruled that the ship must vacate its berth by September 12, 2024.

The group then launched a campaign to save the vessel, which originally entered service as an ocean liner in 1952.

The effort aims to raise $500,000, which will help cover the costs of potentially relocating the ship, as well as other critical expenses.

“Since announcing our campaign, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from all corners of the nation – and beyond,” the Conservancy stated.

In addition to raising funds for the move, the group is also seeking support from ports and the U.S. government.

“The Conservancy has connected with regional port authorities up and down the eastern seaboard, as well government officials to engage them in this fight to save the nation’s flagship,” the organization said.

The group also pledged to provide an update on the progress toward its fundraising goal over the next week.

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