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Ship Showdown: Legendary American Vessel Larger Than Titanic Faces Eviction From Pennsylvania Dock

Historic American Ship Bigger Than Titanic Threatened by Eviction
Source: SS United States Conservancy

The SS United States, a historic vessel once regarded as 'America's Flagship,' is on the brink of eviction after more than 25 years at a pier in Pennsylvania.

Mar. 21 2024, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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The SS United States, once hailed as "America's Flagship," is currently facing eviction from its pier in Pennsylvania after over 25 years, where docking reportedly costs $1,700 per day.

This vessel, longer than the Titanic, boasts a storied past of hosting renowned celebrities and holding the title of the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic.

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Initially sponsored by the U.S. government during the Cold War era as a potential rapid troop carrier, its historic significance is undeniable.

Despite its esteemed history, the SS United States finds itself in uncertain waters at Pier 82 in south Philadelphia.

Recent legal action by the pier's landlord, Penn Warehousing, citing outstanding rent totaling between $700,000 and $800,000, has cast a shadow over its future.

Warren Jones, a board member of the SS United States Conservancy, revealed that the rental terms, lacking provisions for escalating rent and with no lease duration limit, have become contentious, particularly with the unjust doubling of rent during the pandemic.

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A federal judge now holds the fate of the ship, with arguments from both parties presented in court. Even if allowed to remain at Pier 82, the conservancy acknowledges the need for a new home.

Susan Gibbs, head of the conservancy, emphasizes the ship's readiness to move forward, exploring options including a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project to return it to its original base in New York. However, time is of the essence, as plans remain tentative, and the conservancy must act swiftly.

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Considering potential relocation to Florida, the West Coast, or even remaining in Philadelphia, the SS United States' physical condition, bearing the marks of its 72-year journey, underscores the urgency for restoration efforts.

Despite visible wear and tear, structural assessments indicate the ship remains robust, offering hope for its revival.

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Jones envisions the ship's transformation into a dynamic entertainment and hospitality hub, yet with eviction looming, the conservancy appeals to President Joe Biden and congressional leaders for support in preserving this maritime icon.

The future of the SS United States hangs in the balance, awaiting a resolution that honors its legacy and ensures its continued presence as a symbol of American maritime prowess.


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