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PostSubject: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeMon Mar 02, 2009 1:57 am

Not sure where else to post this. This beautiful old liner needs support or she's off to the scrap yard. This the email newsletter from the Conservancy group.


SS United States Conservancy
SS United States Conservancy Newsletter March 1, 2009
SSUSC SOS Dear SS United States Conservancy Members and Supporters:

Word about the uncertain fate of the SS UNITED STATES continues to circulate, with more individuals and organizations signing on to the cause every day. We urge everyone to continue spreading the word about the historic significance and current peril facing our national flagship. We promise to continue to keep you posted on press coverage, coalitions and alliances being formed on behalf of the ship, notices of special events and updates, and everything newsworthy pertaining to the glorious SS UNITED STATES!

PLEASE HELP

You can help the Conservancy spread the word about the plight of the SS United States in a number of ways. First, if you have a website, please provide a link to our SOS News Blog which is updated regularly with news and information about the status of our nation's flagship. The URL is:

http://www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org.

Also, a direct link to our website would be helpful. That URL is:

http://www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org/SSUS/Home.html.

For more ways to help, please visit our "Take Action" page at:

http://www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org/SSUS/Take_Action.html.

The Sculley family prepares to board the Big U.
Sculley family (Raymond, left; Mark, center; Sheila Jane, behind Mark; Sheila, right; Seán, in-hand) about to board ship in Le Havre, France, June 8, 1965. Photo courtesy of the Sculley family.

More Media Coverage on the SS United States!
Stories of the plight of the "Big Ship" reach nationwide

Magestic funnel photograph courtesy of Bob Strum.
Recent media coverage of the SS UNITED STATES includes:

The Los Angeles Times ran a story on its travel blog on February 28. To read the story, click here.

Professional Mariner ran an enthusiastic review of the documentary film, "SS UNITED STATES: Lady in Waiting" in its current issue. To read the review, click here.

Choices, Inc., the distributor for the documentary SS United States: Lady in Waiting, issued a press release joining forces with the Conservancy to help save the historic ship. To read it, click here

To view even more coverage updated regularly, visit the SS United States Conservancy's SOS Blog.

(Funnel Photograph courtesy of Bob Strum)

Coalition to Save the
SS United States Formed
Planning Call held February 24



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An initial conference call was convened on February 24 to explore the formation of a "Coalition to Save the SS UNITED STATES." Eighteen individuals participated. A follow-on conference call has been scheduled for 8 PM EST on Tuesday, March 3.

Call participants agreed to draft a Coalition Charter, develop a workplan and time line, and formed four working committees: Media, Business Development, Legislative and Direct Action. Participants also agreed to establish a blog for internal and external communications.

If you would like to more information about the Coalition or to participate in future conference calls, please contact SS United States Conservancy board member Dan McSweeney at
media@ssunitedstatesconservancy.org.

A Child's Eye View
Poem Composed about the SS UNITED STATES


I am the waves, crashing against the bow,

Moving along the ocean, my fate undecided.

I am a whale, my destination never ending,

King of the ocean, prince of the sea.

I am old as can be, aging and fading,

It's hard to be me.

I am blue as navy, red as scarlet

White as can be.

I am in Philadelphia, no longer have stress,

Sitting in the harbor, taking a rest.

I am a ship, bold and loud, tall and proud.

I am sadness, depressed and still,

Waiting for another chance, a chance to thrill.



By Thea Piccone (age 12)

Washington, DC

SS United States Conservancy presence grows on Facebook and MySpace

Keep Spreading the Word!

Please join Facebook and become a "Fan" of the SS United States Conservancy! Conservancy member Mary Vilalba has created a wonderful and informative SS United States Conservancy Facebook site. Please share the site with your friends and family!
Longtime SS UNITED STATES supporter Rich April has created a fabulous SS United States Conservancy presence on MySpace. Rich also maintains a highly informative website dedicated to the Big U. Please visit by clicking here.



SS United States Conservancy Contributes to Major New Smithsonian Institution Maritime Exhibit

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"On the Water: Stories from Maritime America," a major multi-year exhibition at the National Museum of American History scheduled to open in May, 2009, will include items provided by the SS United States Conservancy. Contributions include SS United States Conservancy member Joan Browning's evocative family photographs taken aboard the ship and a selection of Conservancy Board member Joe Rota's fabulous photographs from his days as a member of the ship's crew. The Conservancy is honored to partner with the Smithsonian Institution in preserving the legacy of the SS UNITED STATES for future generations.

According to a recent Museum release, "'On the Water' will provide a multimedia educational experience spanning more than 300 years of American history. The exhibition will build on the Smithsonian's unparalleled National Watercraft Collection of rigged ship models, patent models and images to bring the sights, sounds and stories from the oceans, inland rivers and coastal communities to the Museum's millions of visitors. Visitors will explore life and work on the nation's waterways, from 19th century whaling ships to today's mega containers. "On the Water" will be an 8,000-square-foot exhibition that replaces the Museum's Hall of American Maritime Enterprise, on view from 1978-2006."

We will keep you updated on exhibit details as opening date nears!

(Photo above: Joan Browning and her father aboard the SS United States. Photo courtesy of Joan Browning.)

As always, thank you so much for your support of the SS UNITED STATES!

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
SS United States Conservancy


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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeMon Mar 02, 2009 11:13 am

I think these ships are works of art and to see them destroyed
is criminal!!! Speaking of which they will save Alcatraz and not
the SS United States?

We have already lost the Olympic the Titantic's sister ship,
the Mauretania sister ship to the Lusitania, and every battleship
built by France, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain.

I pray they at least make her a museum.

You have our support!!
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeMon Mar 02, 2009 11:34 am

I wonder how well the Queen Mary does as an attraction/business ?
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeMon Mar 02, 2009 1:54 pm

lordoftime wrote:
I wonder how well the Queen Mary does as an attraction/business ?

We'll let you know in a month... we are staying there for one night before our LA to Hawaii cruise in April. The service I am told has recently gotten a bad reputation but we are going more for the liner aspect than the hotel. 534 (Betsy) is a good one to ask, she worked there some time ago.
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeMon Mar 02, 2009 2:43 pm

The problem with Big U is that the asbestos abatement is mostly, if
not completely finished. That coupled with the high demand for steel
and the fact NCL paid a lot for the ship means its most likely going to
be sold. Museums, Hotels, and other uses are not very lucrative ,and
do not offer a financially viable alternative.

Public outrage is her only chance.
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeMon Mar 02, 2009 2:45 pm

My dad, my uncles and most of the men in the neighborhood where I grew up worked at Newport News Shipbuilding and worked on the United States - we all went to the christening, and I think it is where I first decided I wanted to cruise. She was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeTue Mar 03, 2009 11:01 am

This was a very nice thread. I too feel the same way about ships. I
spent two years on the USS IOWA and NEVER tired of looking at her.
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeTue Mar 03, 2009 2:34 pm

I hate seeing photos of the ships laid up at Alang or rusting at some old pier god knows where. They're so hard to look at. These old beautiful liners don't deserve such undignified ends, but sadly that is what they get. I don't think the QM does well as a hotel anymore, and I have to wonder if her sister QE2 will fare similarly, even if she is in Dubai. It's terrible, because I think becoming a hotel is the most honorable end for ships like these.

The United States is a beautiful ship, but unfortunately between her asbestos problem and the SOLAS regulations, I think we will keep seeing more of these beautiful grand dames disappear. No
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeTue Mar 03, 2009 9:38 pm

I drive by this beauty twice a day. It is sad to see.
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeThu Mar 05, 2009 1:02 pm

Interesting, chrystine. I wonder if/when they will move her out of Philly.
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeThu Mar 05, 2009 1:27 pm

I don't know but she has been here a long time.
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeThu Mar 05, 2009 3:34 pm

I heard once Bill Clinton sailed on her and still nothing is done to

preserve her, what a shame. Once on a Cunard crossing a

nice gentlemen from NJ told me that as a child they had a charity

drive in school. Children would mail in dimes to save the

Uss Constitution. Imagine if school children today started sending

in dollars and it was matched by large companies. They could refit

her with the donations and put her back to sea. What a great way

to create employment and demonstrate national pride!

Anyone interested in started that trend on CF?
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeFri Mar 13, 2009 9:54 pm

Pete,

That is a great idea, there has to be enough ship enthusiasts the world over to pull it off. While the Queen Mary in Long Island is a treasure and certainly deserving of preservation she is by build more the pride of the British than of the US. The SS United States is OUR ship and a historical "monument" worthy of the same preservation in my opinion. Where can I send the first dollar?

Here is a great website with a "virtual tour" of the ship: http://www.ss-united-states.com/vt0.html

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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeSat Mar 14, 2009 10:18 am

I know there are organizations dedicated to saving her ,but there is no
far reaching grasssroots campaign that I know about. The problem with
ships like this are not just the refit cost but also cost of keeping it running.

It is very likely that if you could pay through donations to put her to sea
that no major cruise line would pay the operating costs. I remember one day
when I was on the USS Iowa and the chief engineering officer told me we
were using about a million gallons of bunker oil a month. Its cost like that
which doomed the last battleship.

In the final years of her service the US Government was coowner and was
paying millions of dollars a year to keep her running ( that was in the 60"s).
Unfortunately, our government sees no problem spending hundreds of millions
on maintaining outdated cold war programs or building more prisons. I cannot
believe no billionaire or cruise line has made this there pet project. I think that
is what it would take to save her. I live in a town of 5,000 and have no political
influence ,but if the ball ever does get rolling I would gladly give my time and
what money I can spare for such a great cause. God help the first rich and
famous person I meet because that is all I am going to talk about to them. I
wish I had been given Joe the Plumbers opportunity to plead this case in front
of the entire nation. I just hope many others feel the same way.
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PostSubject: Re: SS United States   SS United States Icon_minitimeSun Mar 15, 2009 4:21 am

Here's the latest from the conservancy - there's now an online petition:

News from the
SS United States Conservancy
March 13, 2009
In This Issue
Two Irreplaceable American Icons

New Online Petition Launched

"Lady in Waiting" to be featured at LA Harbor International Film Festival!

More media coverage on the plight and potential of
the "Big U"

Just Cruises Plus Joins the SOS Campaign

In Memoriam:
Toni Young

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"SS UNITED STATES: Lady in Waiting" Chosen for LA International Harbor Film Festival


The SS United States Conservancy is delighted to announced that the documentary film, "SS United States: Lady in Waiting," produced by Conservancy Board Member Mark Perry and directed by Robert Radler, has been selected for screening at the LA International Harbor Film Festival in San Pedro on Sunday, April 26th at noon. Mark and Bob will be on hand for a Q&A session after the screening. The film will be shown at the vintage 1931 art deco Warner Grand Theater near the Port of Los Angeles. Following the screening, the Maritime Research Center and Trans-Oceanic plan to throw a "bon voyage" party and showcase vintage United States Lines memorabilia. Don't miss this opportunity to see the film on the big screen!

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Dear SS United States Supporter,

During this heightened period of concern for our nation's flagship, the SS United States Conservancy is working "all hands on deck" to spread the word about the SS UNITED STATES' irreplaceable significance. We are encouraged by the the newly formed "Coalition to Save the SS United States", and the Conservancy will continue to work hand-in-hand with other individuals and organizations to accomplish our shared goal: Ensuring that the SS UNITED STATES endures and inspires generations to come.

New Online Petition Launched

In an effort to bring the plight of the SS UNITED STATES to the attention of President Obama and members of Congress, the Conservancy has started an online petition which we hope will be a part of a viral "Save Our Ship" campaign on the internet. Please take a moment to read and sign the petition, one signature per supporter, and then forward the petition to all of your friends and family via email and through your various online social networking sites. It only takes a few seconds and it's just one of many ways you can help save this irreplaceable national treasure. Please read and sign the petition here.

More and More Media Coverage

The SS UNITED STATES continues to appear in local and national media through the Conservancy's ongoing press outreach.

* Lloyd's List published this article on March 12, 2009.
* Conservancy Vice President Dan McSweeney wrote this brilliant op-ed piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
* McSweeney and Conservancy board member Jeff Henry were interviewed for this piece that ran in Philly Metro.

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Just Cruises Plus Joins the S.O.S. Campaign

The Conservancy is honored to report that we received an email from Wayne Leese, president of Just Cruises Plus, offering to donate a percentage of their cruise sales to our Save Our Ship effort when booking passengers mention the SS United States Conservancy. Please visit their website where they've posted a nice mention of the Ship, the Conservancy, and the ongoing efforts to save her. And if you're making travel plans and book through them, please mention the Conservancy. Many thanks to Mr. Leese and his company for their very generous offer!



Tony Young as a child.
In Memory of Antonia "Toni" Young

The S.S. United States was lucky to have Toni Young as a passenger on two different crossings as she sailed over and back across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Le Havre, France. Traveling with her family as a child, the crossings became powerful memories that informed her life with a sense of history as a world traveler and music buff. She has unexpectedly passed away, and in lieu of flowers, her family has requested contributions in any amount be made in her memory to honor the preservation work for this historic American icon. They each were America's finest examples of spirit, grace and perserverance.

If you wish to contribute online via Paypal, please click here. Be sure to indicate that your contribution is in memory of Toni Young.

Or you may send a check to the address below. Please be sure to indicate "In Memory of Toni Young" on your contribution.

S.S. United States Conservancy
PO Box 32115
Washington, DC 20007
888-488-7787



YOU CAN HELP! If you have a website, a MySpace of FaceBook or Twitter page, please post a link to the Conservancy:

http://www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org

And be sure to visit our website to find other ways you can help SAVE OUR SHIP!

As always, thank you so much for your support of the SS UNITED STATES!

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
SS United States Conservancy
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