PUTNAM -- Joseph Rota has been plagued by the same recurring dream for decades: He has earned a job working on the luxury liner SS United States and has to get to New York City before the ship disembarks, but he can never reach his destination.
Sometimes he has no money, or he's lost in the subway system. Other times, he's pedaling a bicycle, or he's being held against his will.
"It's so frustrating; I can never, never get to the ship. It's a horrible dream, and it keeps coming back," said Rota, a former Dresden town supervisor.
Hopefully, the nightmares can finally be laid to rest, as it seems Rota's ship may be coming in.
An announcement is scheduled to be made today at a National Flagship Celebration in Philadelphia that a Pennsylvania philanthropist is donating $5.8 million to be used for the purchase of the SS United States, a 58-year-old transatlantic liner, from its owner, Norwegian Cruise Line/Genting Hong Kong, that could keep the pedigreed ship afloat.