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February 6, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The deal announced here Thursday was the one nobody expected - an attempt to restore the aged, rusting SS United States to a glamorous ocean liner and sail it across the world. The luxury operator Crystal Cruises has signed an option agreement with the ship's owner, the SS United States Conservancy, that its chief executive said could see the iconic vessel ferrying passengers to faraway ports as early as 2018, thus ending the liner's two-decade docking in South Philadelphia.
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February 9, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Twice, applause erupted as the owner of the rusting SS United States touted a proposal to restore the once-grand liner and set it to sea again, ferrying passengers in high-class splendor. But no one should book their tickets just yet. An ocean lies between the goal and the reality, including the need to marshal enormous sums of money and to decontaminate the ship of hazardous substances. "There's a lot of homework to be done," said attorney Francis X. Nolan III, counsel to the SS United States Conservancy, which owns the ship.
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July 13, 2010
Philadelphia philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest has tossed the financial equivalent of a life preserver to the storied SS United States ocean liner. But Lenfest's generosity, coming as scrap bids were being sought for the ship moored in South Philadelphia, represents only a temporary reprieve. The up to $5.8 million pledge will cover an estimated $3 million purchase of the liner from Norwegian Cruise Line and the cost of maintaining the vessel for about 20 months. Remaining, though, is the enormous challenge of planning and financing its makeover.
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January 30, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
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.
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July 30, 2009 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Local philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest has pledged a $300,000 matching grant to help a nonprofit purchase the SS United States, the iconic Cold War-era ocean liner docked in South Philadelphia. The record-setting 990-foot vessel, which has languished at Pier 82 for more than a decade, was offered for sale in January by Norwegian Cruise Lines for an estimated $20 million. A spokesman for the SS United States Conservancy was not immediately available yesterday to elaborate on the nonprofit's matching-grant announcement or say how much has been raised.
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March 6, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reading her grandmother's diary descriptions on the way to Philadelphia, Susan Gibbs imagined the great ship in its heyday: ladies in their mink stoles, ballroom dancing, indoor pool, champagne, luxurious spa, and pleasant sea breezes. Her grandfather, William Francis Gibbs of Rittenhouse Square, had designed the world's fastest, safest, and most technologically advanced ocean liner - the SS United States - and saw its launch in 1951. His "queen of the seas" represented, for many, America's optimism and can-do spirit after World War II. The 2,000-passenger ship still holds the transatlantic speed record.
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June 19, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the casual eye, the SS United States is a floating heap of rust and peeling paint. To Jim Pollin, it is a testament to the greatness of its namesake. Standing at the deck of the ship's stern Tuesday morning, Pollin held an oversize check - and blinked away tears - as he announced his donation of $220,000. With that gift, he bought himself a 61,200-pound propeller. "I fell in love with the ship when I saw it from a river cruise," said Pollin, founder of travel management firm Pollin Group.
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July 20, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 18 years of rusting away at Pier 82 in South Philadelphia, the iconic SS United States could be brought back to life - but in New York, officials confirmed Friday. "Currently, the negotiations that are most promising would place the ship in New York," Susan Gibbs, executive chair of the SS United States Conservancy and the granddaughter of the ship's designer, Philadelphia native William Francis Gibbs, said in an e-mail. "We do expect that the ship will survive, but only if we continue to galvanize further support and build on the powerful momentum now underway.
NEWS
April 18, 2003
Seven years ago, a city official dubbed the 17-story, five-block-long SS United States Philadelphia's largest abandoned vehicle. Unfortunately, the joke turned prophecy. Jet travel had forced the retirement in 1969 of the fastest luxury liner in history. Fate towed it around the world until it landed in Philadelphia in 1996. Year after year, new schemes arose to return the ship to its glory days, when the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy and a college student named Bill Clinton graced its decks to cross the Atlantic.
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July 2, 2010 | By CHRISTINE OLLEY, olleyc@phillynews.com 215-854-5184
As a child, Susan Gibbs heard stories of the obsession of her grandfather, William Francis Gibbs, with the SS United States, a luxury ocean liner he began building in 1950. "He called the ship every day she was at sea to check on her," said Gibbs, the president of the SS United States Conservancy, a Washington-based nonprofit whose mission is to save the ship from destruction. Gibbs announced yesterday that Philadelphia philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest has pledged $5.8 million to save the historic ship, whose owner had opened the door to its being sold for scrap.
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February 9, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Twice, applause erupted as the owner of the rusting SS United States touted a proposal to restore the once-grand liner and set it to sea again, ferrying passengers in high-class splendor. But no one should book their tickets just yet. An ocean lies between the goal and the reality, including the need to marshal enormous sums of money and to decontaminate the ship of hazardous substances. "There's a lot of homework to be done," said attorney Francis X. Nolan III, counsel to the SS United States Conservancy, which owns the ship.
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February 6, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The deal announced here Thursday was the one nobody expected - an attempt to restore the aged, rusting SS United States to a glamorous ocean liner and sail it across the world. The luxury operator Crystal Cruises has signed an option agreement with the ship's owner, the SS United States Conservancy, that its chief executive said could see the iconic vessel ferrying passengers to faraway ports as early as 2018, thus ending the liner's two-decade docking in South Philadelphia.
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January 30, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
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.
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February 11, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A SOUTH PHILLY resident since 1996, the record-setting, iconic ocean liner SS United States constantly needs funding to stay afloat. Well, an anonymous donor just buoyed it with $250,000. "We're singing from the rooftops - or whatever a maritime version of that would be," Susan Gibbs, executive director of the SS United States Conservancy, said yesterday. The massive ship (it's as long as the Comcast Center is tall) remains docked at Pier 82 on the Delaware River. The owners constantly stave off the threat of the ship being scrapped.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 18 years of rusting away at Pier 82 in South Philadelphia, the iconic SS United States could be brought back to life - but in New York, officials confirmed Friday. "Currently, the negotiations that are most promising would place the ship in New York," Susan Gibbs, executive chair of the SS United States Conservancy and the granddaughter of the ship's designer, Philadelphia native William Francis Gibbs, said in an e-mail. "We do expect that the ship will survive, but only if we continue to galvanize further support and build on the powerful momentum now underway.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the casual eye, the SS United States is a floating heap of rust and peeling paint. To Jim Pollin, it is a testament to the greatness of its namesake. Standing at the deck of the ship's stern Tuesday morning, Pollin held an oversize check - and blinked away tears - as he announced his donation of $220,000. With that gift, he bought himself a 61,200-pound propeller. "I fell in love with the ship when I saw it from a river cruise," said Pollin, founder of travel management firm Pollin Group.
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March 6, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
CHRISTMAS is coming a little early this year for local history buffs and nautical fanatics. Starting Friday, the SS United States is going to be the focus of an engaging six-month exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum. Best-selling British author and illustrator David Macaulay also will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch, at 19th and Vine streets, tomorrow to discuss the ship, which will be featured heavily in a book by Macaulay that's expected to be released later this year.
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January 6, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
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.
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June 19, 2013 | By Melissa Chea-Annan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 1, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
SOME NIGHTS, the SS United States wakes Susan Gibbs from her sleep. She's shaken by the idea of the once-magnificent ship - whose hulking, rusted profile has loomed over Columbus Boulevard in South Philly since 1996 - meeting its end in some grim scrap yard. That nightmare scenario is set to play out, unless the SS United States Conservancy - the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that formed two years ago to revive the ship - can raise $500,000 in the next two months. "If we can hit that goal, it can buy the time we need to put the pieces in place to make something happen," said Gibbs, the executive director of the conservancy.
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