Historic Ocean Liner Saved

A Philadelphia philanthropist has pledged more than $5 million to save a historic ocean liner currently rusting away on the city’s waterfront.

H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest will donate up to $5.8 million to the SS United States Conservancy to purchase and maintain the vessel while it pursues redevelopment plans.

The SS United States set the trans-Atlantic speed record on its maiden voyage 58 years ago. It was removed from service in 1969 and has languished at a South Philadelphia pier for more than a decade.  Norwegian Cruise Line bought the ship in 2003 hoping to return it to service, but put it up for sale in February.

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Lenfest’s donation gives the conservancy the money to buy the ship and care for it for 20 months while it works on transforming it into a stationary mixed-use retail and entertainment complex.
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