She was once called the First Lady of the Seas. The Largest Liner ever built in America. The single fastest passenger liner in the world, even today!
At 990 feet long, 101 feet wide, she could carry over 2,000 passengers and over 1,000 crew to serve them. Pushing through the waves at over 40 knots (which is very fast for any ship even today!) Built for a dual purpose, in the event of war, she would carry more then 16,000 troops.
Her desinger, William Francis Gibbs had dreamed of built an American Superliner since he was a boy, and his dream came true in 1952, when United States Line accepted the SS United States. On her Maiden voyage, she took over 10 hours off the best time, set by the RMS Queen Mary many years earlier.
To this day, that record, plus the Westbound record set on the return voyage, have never been beaten by another Ocean Liner. And chances are, they never will be.
Sadly the great ship was laid up in 1969. She lay idle in Norfolk for many years. In the 1990\'s, she went to Turkey and had all hazardous material stripped. Her interiors gone, her hull rusted, she was towed back to her current location in Philadelphia. Her Current Owners, Norwegian Cruise Lines, have promised that the ship would be returned to cruise service, along with the delightful SS Independence.
Recently, they broke their promise, and sold the SS Independence. They had promised to restore the SS Norway to service in some respect. She is now being Scrapped in India. Please, do not let them kill again. America, your nations flagship need your help! For the rest of the world, the last great superliner is in danger! With your signature, the chance that this ship will be saved goes up.
And please, do not stop at signing this. Do something else. Email people in a seat of power. Email Senators, Representatives, the president if you have to. Do whatever you can, spread the word to EVERYONE you know.
Google the ship, learn her history. Dedicate yourself to protecting her. She is the greatest achievements in American maritime history. She deserves a second life. A museum, hotel, convention center, much like the RMS Queen Mary, the ship she took the transatlantic record from.
The time to act is NOW! Do your part!
This Petition is currently only sponsored by me, William Gant. I have been fighting for this great ship for 2 years now. I will not give up, not even if this petition fails!
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