Following a huge media splash raising much-needed visibility after announcing early last month that the SS UNITED STATES was in danger of being scrapped, the SS United States Conservancy posted the following on its Facebook page. More news and an official announcement are expected soon.
SS United States Conservancy
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UNITED STATES at speed. Painting by Don Stoltenberg.
“Now that the month of October is behind us, the Conservancy would like to say thank you to the entire community of SS United States supporters for your passion and commitment during this critical time. The Conservancy’s board will convene next week to assess our current situation from a financial, redevelopment and broker standpoint. At that time, we will be able to provide a more concrete update about the immediate future of the ship. Meanwhile, urgent discussions continue to advance on several promising redevelopment options. We are very pleased to announce that we have raised over $100,000 from supporters from across the country and around the world. The show of public and media support has been truly heartening and is a testament to the value and viability of our shared vision and goals for America’s Flagship. We are profoundly grateful for all you have done, and we ask that you continue to help us build momentum.”
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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