SS UNITED STATES Funnel Lighting Ceremony

SS UNITED STATES funnel and bridge illuminated. Copyright Big Ship Films.

The SS UNITED STATES Conservancy will be presenting a special event on July 1, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA to help raise national awareness about the ongoing plight of the 1952-built SS UNITED STATES:

“Please join us on Thursday, July 1 in Philadelphia for a grand celebration in honor of the 58th anniversary of the record-breaking maiden voyage of the SS United States. We will share some important updates about progress achieved by the Conservancy and our partners and key supporters on behalf of our nation’s flagship! We will gather in the Columbus Commons/IKEA South Philadelphia complex across the street from the SS United States’ current pier and the ship’s funnels, bridge, radar mast, and running lights will be lit, a tradition started by artist Robert Wogan in 1999. Weather permitting, a special outdoor screening of the award-winning documentary SS United States: Lady in Waiting will follow the formal program. Events will run from 7 – 10 PM. Light fare will be served and the band Jimmy and the Parrots will perform a set which will include their stirring tribute to the SS United States, ‘Symbol of America.’ It will be a very special evening, and we hope you can join us.

July 1 National Flagship Celebration Schedule

7:00 Music and Refreshments
8:00 Special Announcement and Awards
8:30 Lighting of SS United States’ funnels
8:45 Outdoor Screening of SS United States: Lady in Waiting”

For more information and to subscribe to the Conservancy’s newsletter, please e-mail ssusconservancy@gmail.com or call (888)-488-7787.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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