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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Shipping News

SS United States Mothballed

Junto Photos: Richard Carreno
Once the grand dame of luxury ocean-liners -- actually the fastest passenger ship across the Atlantic -- the SS United States today languishes as a rotting hulk, moored in the Delaware River at pier off Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia. Several groups are trying to save the ship, or, like Saves Our Sites, a local preservation group, at least call attention to the ship's unfortunate state. The United States is famous as the preferred mode of transportation for the 'jet set' before there was a 'jet set.' The Duke and Duchess of Windsor used to wallow in the ship's splendour. Dem were the days....