Another attempt at resurrection for historic SS United States

Kim Glovas
December 24, 2018 - 4:00 am
 The SS United States has been docked on the Delaware River in South Philadelphia for years. Now, another suitor may be stepping up to restore "America's Flagship."

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The SS United States has been docked on the Delaware River in South Philadelphia for years. Now, another suitor may be stepping up to restore "America's Flagship." 

The SS United States Conservancy, which has been working to restore the ship since 2011, says a new deal is in the works with a New York real estate developer. 

"We've entered into an agreement with a very prominent commercial real estate developer, RXR Realty, to begin exploring options for the SS United States revitalization," said the Conservancy's Tom Basile. 

This isn't the first time an outsider has attempted to restore the ship. 

Two years ago, Crystal Cruises explored restoring the ocean liner, but ultimately decided it was too costly an endeavor.

"The Conservancy has always viewed the ship as a stationary mixed-use destination that would include a mixture of hospitality, retail and entertainment spaces and, of course, a museum," Basile said.

RXR is expected to take several months to determine if the project is viable. 

The cruise liner debuted in 1952 with its maiden launch to Europe. It was the fastest ship on the ocean at that time, but when planes showed up, the SS United States fell from grace and was passed from one owner to another, until it came to rest, or rust, on the Delaware River.