August 7, 2016 |
The SS United States won't sail again. Earlier this year, a luxury cruise operator and the nonprofit that owns the long-retired ocean liner docked in South Philadelphia announced an effort to return the aged ship to its former life as a glamorous ocean liner. But after a feasibility study, Crystal Cruises and the SS United States Conservancy have determined that refurbishing the ship to sail would be too challenging, the groups announced Friday. "Unfortunately, the hurdles that would face us when trying to bring a 65-year-old vessel up to modern safety, design, and international regulatory compliance have proven just too great to clear in both a technically and commercially responsible manner," Crystal president and CEO Edie Rodriguez said in a statement.
February 12, 2016
ISSUE | SS UNITED STATES Restore ship's sparkle in Philadelphia The SS United States Conservancy has tentatively sold the venerable ocean liner to a cruise company that, pending a feasibility study, could take it to another port for refurbishing ("Liner faces a long voyage," Monday). Philadelphia's waterfront has been its home for 20 years, and Philadelphians have poured more than $10 million into preserving it to date. Why isn't Philadelphia being considered as the site of its rebirth?
January 30, 2016 |
After years of trying to raise money to retrofit the rusting SS United States to become a waterfront destination, the conservancy that owns the historic ocean liner docked in South Philadelphia says it has new, big plans. And those plans appear to be in New York. The nonprofit, Washington-based SS United States Conservancy, which owns the ship, said Thursday that it had entered an "option agreement" with a "major redevelopment partner" and would provide details at a news conference next Thursday in New York.
July 8, 2014 |
Monday morning marks the end of the July Fourth holiday weekend, one of the busiest travel periods of the summer, but Bernhard M. Koch, 59, president and chief executive of AAA Mid-Atlantic Inc. auto club, wasn't too worried about emergency calls from cars stranded on the highway. He and his wife were too busy traveling by ocean liner, hosting 40 automobile club members on a AAA Mid-Atlantic cruise to Barcelona, Istanbul and Venice. "Rolling into Venice on a cruise ship is one of God's gifts," Koch said.
April 11, 2014
JEB BUSH made some very provocative comments about immigration the other day. They were red meat for a conservative base that thinks in broad brushstrokes about foreigners. Actually, they were more like a bullfighter's red cape, or scarlet blood in the water. Commenting on the wave of illegal bodies present in our country, this brother of one compassionate conservative president and son of another observed: "The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their families - the dad who loved their children - was worried that their children didn't have food on the table.
April 3, 2014
ERIC EPSTEIN and Gene Stilp fight the powers that be. Have for decades. They're loathed and cursed by those who thrive in Pennsylvania's political culture, reason enough to value their efforts. But they also share a commitment to citizen action in a world increasingly disconnected. These days, as elected leaders sit on their hands on any number of issues, such commitment is worth noting. "If you look at the Legislature like an ocean liner," says Stilp, "Eric and I are like tugboats trying to push the bow in the right direction.
March 27, 2014
THE United States leads the world in putting its people behind bars. Think of this fact as a massive ocean liner whose engines went into overdrive in the 1980s and 1990s with the war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing, exploding the prison rates. Today, more than 2 million people are in U.S. prisons. A recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts suggests that this speeding ocean liner may be slowing down, with many states actually working to turn the vessel around. The good news is that 31 states have shown a decrease in imprisonment rates in the past five years.
January 6, 2014 |
YOU GOTTA SAY this much for the people who are trying to resurrect the SS United States: There's no quit in 'em. In April, the outlook was not good for the huge, historic vessel that has hovered like a specter over the South Philly waterfront since the mid-'90s. The SS United States Conservancy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that serves as the ship's caretaker, was at that time frantically trying to raise funds to help cover the steep cost - about $80,000 a month - of maintaining the ship and docking it at Pier 82 on Columbus Boulevard.
July 19, 2013 |
CHORGES, France - Even when he expects to lose, Tour de France champion-in-the-making Chris Froome cannot help but win. He's that strong and he's making it look easy. On a day when the British rider was planning to save some energy for upcoming mountains, Froome still brushed aside the field and took his third stage win of the 100th Tour. Alberto Contador, Froome's Spanish rival still trying to make a fight of this one-sided battle, gave his all in yesterday's Alpine time trial.
June 7, 2013
IF THE Pennsylvania Convention Center were an ocean liner, it would be taking on water and listing badly. When the $1.3 billion taxpayer-funded facility at 12th and Arch streets opened a major new expansion in 2011, the promise was that a new, improved and larger center would draw 20 to 30 large conventions a year. There are 20 major conventions in the facility this year, but the numbers drop quickly after that - down to a mere eight in 2016. This is bad news, not just for the center but for the region.