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    Oh yes, the US is really very worn out at the moment. I still love her the way she is, but can anybody imagine how different she will look with fresh paint and everything? Wow!

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  • pakarang
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    OMG... that looks really, really, really spoooooky....!

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    Here are some photos for the members of the Forum to gander from that night. A good size turnout BTW. History in the making...





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    Originally posted by Schreihals View Post
    Wow, I am carefully expressing my euphoria. Keep all fingers crossed, let' hope. 60,000 a month? FOr a "parking slot" at IKEA? Well...

    Hope for the US! Still sad that the France/Norway didn't turn out to be lucky. But I know I keep repeating myself...
    If NCL had completely removed all 8 boilers onboard the SS Norway for diesels, as it was done to the QE2, the vessel would still be around today. And that dreadful boiler explosion would not have taken place, which doomed the ship. The only eyesore that I wanted them to remove were the upperdecks and restore her to its original exterior profile of 1962.

    I am quite glad that the ship is in good hands for the moment. It is certainly better than the scrapyard. And certainly much better than at the time of then owner Mr. Edward Cantor who refused to work with the SS United States foundation in 1999 by donating the ship. I will also admit if NCL didn't come along when they did to buy the ship, it would have been scrapped by now like the SS Norway.

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    Wow, I am carefully expressing my euphoria. Keep all fingers crossed, let' hope. 60,000 a month? FOr a "parking slot" at IKEA? Well...

    Hope for the US! Still sad that the France/Norway didn't turn out to be lucky. But I know I keep repeating myself...

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    News Updates

    Kudos, NCL. They did their part to help make this happen. 3 Million dollars worth of goodwill.

    Philly Inquirer: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/br...ed_States.html

    USA TODAY:
    http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/p...-saved/98542/1

    Wall Street Journal:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...googlenews_wsj

    Cruise News:
    http://cnd-cruiseblogger.blogspot.co...ued-maybe.html

    http://www.bullfax.com/?q=node-famed...lear-scrapyard

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local...ed_States.html
    Last edited by RobertAuclair; July 2nd, 2010, 15:50.

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  • Sterkoder
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    Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
    It is hard to believe that her dock fee is $60'000 US Dollars a month. 1.2 million dollars to give the conservancy 20 months to put together a restoration plan.
    This proves that it is possible even today! Great news!!

    But since this is an icon, so to speak, and a rather important project in maritime history...., and therefore "of great interest to the hole nation"..., wouldn't it be nothing else than expected that they reduce their docking fees over there in Philadelphia....?

    I don't know what those US$60.000,- will be used for in connection with the vessel being moored there, but it seems like there are not much pressure from other vessels/companies to get that particular dock...., or how I should explain myself

    And in these days, it was rather unexpected that a large company would say no to US$2,9 million (diff between price and scrappers offer)..., and maybe it's time to send a verbal flower to the former owners.

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  • pilotdane
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    It is hard to believe that her dock fee is $60'000 US Dollars a month. 1.2 million dollars to give the conservancy 20 months to put together a restoration plan.

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    some VERY good news!!!!

    http://maritimematters.com/2010/06/p...united-states/

    I never expected this! It looks like her fate may take a turn for the better!

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  • bigboatbill
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    Star cruises contract

    My understanding is that, when Star Cruises bought the US cruise routes, that in the contract, it was stipulated that the SSUS was to be refurbished for and by US Entities. Placing the ship on the National Register of Historic Places (even though it's a vessel), Meant protection by the US government. I think when the Hawaiian cruise market didn't prove profitable NCL (thru Star) backed out of any promises and contracts. I'm not sure how they can get away with it (corruption?????). Anyways, I think the people of the US will come to the rescue and the government will fund her refit and hand her over to a nice non-profit like the USSUS Conservancy. I had read somewhere that she was not to be a static attraction, as is the ill-planned Queen Mary, But a sort of Good Will Ambassador to house people for things like the earthquakes in Haiti, Chili and the Tsunami locations. It's all politics!!!!. There are many hands on this last piece of pie. I do hope this vision of her comes true. I beleive it will. The powers that be are the post World War II generation, who took great pride in the ship. And with the USS Constitution and USS Independence are either on their way to the breakers, broken or at the bottom of the sea. I think there is ALOT of hope for this beutiful ship.
    Also here's a wiki article which I find interesting:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_States

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    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
    SSUS in the news... watch the lady being interviewed when asked if she would rather see the ship being used as a Casino instead of being scrapped...

    I do agree I rather see her in another role, but if Casino operation saves her, I might as well accept it...

    http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/good_...raising_050710
    And the gutted interiors and the removal of the asbestos makes this project worthwhile. No need to remove the ships engine room, since that would not make financial sense. The dual engine rooms might make the ship into a very unique attraction as a central part of the museum. This is one advantage that the ship has over the Queen Mary, and a lesson to anyone who might want to remove them. The original bussiness model for the Queen Mary failed because so much time, energy, and a lot of money was wasted on what the developers thought would be successful without consulting the public about the project first. If the citizens of Long Beach had be given the opportunity to voice their opinions, the Queen Mary would have been showcased in a very different light today.

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  • pakarang
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    SSUS in the news... watch the lady being interviewed when asked if she would rather see the ship being used as a Casino instead of being scrapped...

    I do agree I rather see her in another role, but if Casino operation saves her, I might as well accept it...

    http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/good_...raising_050710

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    Here is the latest news on the SS United States:

    http://ssunitedstatesconservancy.org/SSUS/blog/

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  • pakarang
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    Links submitted by member:

    The engine room:

    http://web.archive.org/web/199910121...s.com/p5c.html

    SS United States Conservancy:

    http://ssunitedstatesconservancy.org/SSUS/blog/

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  • pakarang
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    Architectural rendering of a restored SS UNITED STATES as a stationary attraction countery of FRANKIE campione of create architecture planing & design

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