SOS: Save the SS United States
Our "national flagship", the SS UNITED STATES, is in jeopardy. The ship shattered all transatlantic speed records on her maiden voyage in 1952 and to this day is, by a wide margin, the fastest passenger vessel ever built. The ship was listed on the National Register of Historic Places before the normal 50-year requirement because of her “compelling national significance.” Her passengers included Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy and countless celebrities and business, diplomatic, and cultural leaders. She was also a secret weapon during the Cold War, able to transport an infantry division over 10,000 miles without refueling or replenishment. In short, the SS UNITED STATES is one of the greatest ships ever built and certainly the crowning achievement of the American Merchant Marine. Unfortunately, this great national symbol faces an uncertain future. Her current owner, Star Cruises, a Hong Kong-based company, has listed her for sale, and the company has issued no guarantees that she won't be sold for scrap. This is unacceptable. Please help us send a loud and clear message to President Obama and our leaders in Congress that we must do all we can to "Save Our Ship." By converting the SS UNITED STATES into a hotel, museum and meeting space in a major port city, we could renew and revitalize a great symbol or American strength and resilience, as well as create thousands of jobs and generate new tax revenues. Please help us preserve our national heritage for many generations to come. There has never been a better time for us to rally behind such an important and patriotic cause. Please help us save the SS UNITED STATES by signing our petition. PLEASE ONLY SIGN THE PETITION ONCE! More information is at www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org.