Philly already has a couple of ships you can tour, a 1900's -era battle ship, and a submarine. They are both really cool. To add the SS United States would be a real coup.
Queen Mary does well in Long Beach - I have stayed there and toured it extensively. Had a great time. I try to boost the Queen Mary in Long Beach whenever I can - they have really made an amazing museum there.
As most of you know, I've been "into" the old, true North Atlantic Liners for several years. This, of course, ultimately included the SS United States.
Technically she can be re-habbed to a status similar to the Queen Mary but it is extremely doutbtful she could ever sail again. The politics surrounding the SS United States have been not only enough to drive one nuts but have been so unnecessary. Although I haven't checked in over a year, it appears nothing has changed relative to that issue.
In summation, there is absolutely no excuse that something positive can't be done and it should have occurred years ago. Hopefully some erudite and committed folks from this site might be able to do something and we can do this in a positive manner although be strongly prepared for that NOT to occur. There is definitely some "ass" that needs to be kicked and this could occur in an acceptable written fashion. It all hinges on whether or not we're really into putting forth the considerable effort to effect some positive change. Thus far, as well meaning as they may have been, other orgranizations have been unsuccessful for several reasons, some because they've been scared off.
BTW, if you become heavily involved, be prepared to absolutely excoriate and be excoriated by a current popular cruise line. I think that's one reason people who really wanted to help have been, indirectly, scared off. When you learn the truth behind this outfit's involvement, you'll blow your gord.
But if you wanna' play, I'm open to helping in any manner I can as one thing I don't get, is intimidated. Of course a few of you know that as well.
NCL Epic 2012, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2009, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2007, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2006, Eastern Caribbean
I saw the SS United States when I was coming to America. We were close to New York, sailing on the SS Olympia when the SS United States sailed along side.
It sure was an impressive ship back then.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Vision OTS 2-14-2015