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Re: The United States is Being Scrapped.
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2009, 10:00:31 AM »
Im gonna cry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZVW0yGFZfg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_cYpS7XfuU
Me too, but for different reasons. The parallel between it and its namesake is just too stark. :-(

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Re: The United States is Being Scrapped.
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2010, 05:05:16 PM »
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The United States is Being Scrapped.
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2010, 05:34:59 PM »
Cool article, thanks. The writer should have done a little more research though, they made a few mistakes. One of them is that the United States still holds the record for ocean liner crossing the Atlantic. Another is that while the steel in the hull is valuable the aluminum is worth much, much more. The super structure is mostly aluminum which is one of the reasons it is so fast.

Lets hope they save it. It would look great up in NYC.  

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Re: The United States is Being Scrapped.
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2010, 04:49:07 AM »
as an old submariner, i see a big surface ship and all i see is a "target".  but i love it when they can be preserved.  even small old coast gaurd ships are sometimes turned in to parks. they make great places for a cub scout, boy scout campout.  just something different and it teaches a little about what men, and women, go through to protect this great land and people
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Re: The United States is Being Scrapped.
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2010, 07:21:30 AM »
Good News!

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/07/02/update-americas-flag.html

I agree with some of the commenters in that article. She was born to run, turning her into a floating hotel is a bit of a bittersweet victory. But a victory nonetheless.
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Re: The United States is Being Scrapped.
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2010, 10:11:28 AM »
Real good news, thatnks for posting. Havent had time to follow. Seems like it is going really slow. What a nail biter. $60,000 per month. :o Wow, add that up over a couple of years.

Strange thing, its value in scrap metal is worth less than several years rent. Its been there for at least eight. I am amazed it is still there.

Would be cool if they got it up and running but I bet tuff to find any ROI. At least not for a long time. If it costs less to make it a museum hotel shopping center Ill bet they will see some $ right away.

I love this ship. I was into modeling when I was a kid. I put together a big one of the United States.

I really love steam power.

"The construction of the ship's superstructure involved the largest use of aluminum in any construction project to that time, and presented a challenge to the builders in joining the aluminum structure to the steel decks below. The significant use of aluminum provided extreme weight savings. At 105 feet (32 m) beam, United States was built to Panamax capacity, ensuring the ship could clear the Panama Canal locks with just 2 feet (0.6 m) to spare on either side.United States had the most powerful steam turbine in a merchant marine vessel. The ship was capable of steaming astern at over 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h), and could carry enough fuel and stores to steam non-stop for over 10,000 nautical miles (12,000 mi; 19,000 km)." Wiki

Headed out Jim Thorpe in the AM for a few days. Man, I love it there. Gonna see the Northern and Reading Engine 425 tomorrow. IT will be commin in and out of town all day. A little rail riding too.  8) maybe cast a line out at mauch chunk lake. AHHH.

 Wonder how much it cost to restore this beast?



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Re: The United States is Being Scrapped.
« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2010, 09:54:32 AM »
as an old submariner, i see a big surface ship and all i see is a "target". 

 ;D

That's what a lot of U-boat skippers thought surfacing next to what turns out to be a Q-ship!  Bad luck Fritzie!

What boat were you on, just out of curiousity?