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From today’s Philadephia Shrinquirer:
Its owner, Star Cruises of Hong Kong, has put the vessel up for sale. Though the United States was the world’s fastest, and arguably most luxurious, cruise ship when it made its maiden voyage in 1952, career prospects for middle-age ocean liners aren’t particularly bright these days. “Scrap” gets mentioned a lot.
That hasn’t stopped a boatload of romantics from sending out a major SOS. An advocacy group called the SS United States Conservancy believes the ship, which arrived here by happenstance in 1996, carries too much history to be discarded so casually. So it’s mounting a campaign to save the vessel, starting Wednesday with a free screening of a documentary at the Independence Seaport Museum.