The SS United States that is.
She is moored down on the Delaware river. Its right by my bank so I grabbed this shot today. She is not going to be there much longer cause the rumor is that she will be sold for scrap.
This amazing ship was built late and was put out of business by international air travel.
It still holds the speed record for crossing the Atlantic ocean.
This cause the hull and bulk heads (most of the super structure) is aluminum.
Her top speed and some of her inner engineering is still a secret.
The original owner , who has since died was going to restore her to a working cruise ship. Even though it would cost twice as much as building a new one.
His dream was never realized.
Later they said that they were going to permanently moor her at Penn's Landing, to be a hotel, shopping and entertainment complex.
This would be better than scrapping it all together.
But I am afraid the cost of mothballing it is too high, and the price of aluminum too valuable. Economics will over take nostalgia.
For those who care. I will keep you updated. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/transportation/4263478.html