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SS United States May Only Have Weeks Left Afloat

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 12:51 PM

The SS United States, the Titanic-sized supership that launched in 1952 as part of a top secret Cold War project to build the fastest ship in the world, may only have weeks left afloat, according to a statement released by the board of directors of the SS United States Conservancy.

"After much deliberation and consultation, the SS United States Conservancy's Board of Directors has decided to retain a broker to explore the potential sale of America's Flagship, the SS United States to a responsible, U.S.-based metals recycler," the statement said.

The statement notes that unless new donors or investors come forward, the organization will be forced to sell the historic vessel, which still holds the transatlantic speed record and is famous for ferrying presidents, Hollywood royalty, actual royalty and even the Mona Lisa, The New York Times notes.

"If donors or investors step forward by the end of the month who are ready, willing, and able to help the Conservancy, America's Flagship could still be saved. However, if progress toward a new sales option or an infusion of funds does not occur by October 31, 2015, we will have no choice but to negotiate the sale of the ship to a responsible U.S.-based recycler," the statement said.

"The SS United States is a unique and endangered historic landmark that has captivated the imagination of millions. We are determined to do everything possible during these final weeks to try to save her."

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The SS United States, the Titanic-sized supership that launched in 1952 as part of a top secret Cold War project to build the fastest ship in the world, may only have weeks left afloat, according to a statement released by the board of directors of the SS United States Conservancy.
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