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Thu Feb 15, 2024, 11:23 AM Feb 2024

Will Joe Biden save the SS United States? Its supporters are making their case. [View all]

Caretakers of the SS United States hope to transcend partisan politics and get the president or Congress to champion their ship.

Philadelphia Inquirer link: https://www.inquirer.com/news/ss-united-states-joe-biden-navy-congress-20240215.html

Archived (no paywall) link: https://archive.ph/NMYo0

If you're like me, you probably thought this headline was a metaphor for Biden saving "our American democracy." Am I right? But no. there actually is an oceanliner called the SS United States, and it's in dire condition.

The caretakers of the SS United States, once known as the Queen of the Seas, have sent out an SOS to the highest office in the land as the vessel faces the threat of eviction.

In addition to President Joe Biden, the SS United States Conservancy has sent a plea for help to the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and members of Congress, describing how the ship is “under the imminent threat of eviction and destruction,” appealing to their patriotism.

“Indeed, it would be a global embarrassment if the nation’s Flagship were to face destruction during this time of grave geopolitical uncertainty abroad,” read the three-page letter. It’s the latest effort to find the ship a champion to save it from the scrapyard.

For decades, redevelopers and what would eventually become the conservancy have struggled to repurpose the 1,000-foot vessel that still holds the transatlantic speed record it broke in 1952. Proposals such as making the ship into a cruise line or time-share condos fell by the wayside over the years as financing failed to materialize. Still, the conservancy has always argued the ship is a slice of American history and should be repurposed, saving the ship from destruction on more than one occasion through fundraising efforts.
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If only it weren't already election year ... this is an issue that President Joe Biden could really get behind!

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