A rally to raise funds for the SS United States will be held Tuesday at LOVE Park as backers of the historic ship ramp up their efforts to save it.
The SS United States Conservancy is $100,000 toward its goal of $500,000 just to maintain the 62-year-old, 1,000-foot ship, which still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record, said Thomas Basile, spokesman for the conservancy, formed two years ago to save the historic ocean liner.
Monday night, the lights of the Peco building in Center City lit up with the "S.O.S. Campaign," and they will continue to beam the message through Wednesday night. Tuesday's 4-to-6 p.m. event will feature entertainment, music, and a raffle for a rare tour for two of the 2,000-passenger ship - bigger than the Titanic - that has been moored on the Delaware River in South Philadelphia since 1996.