According to a New York Times article, S.S. United States, once the pride of our nation’s merchant marine and last holder of the Blue Riband, may be moved from a pier in Philadelphia where she has been docked for some years (and where I photographed her in 2006) to “a location in Brooklyn within four to six months” provided negotiations between the S.S. United States Conservancy, which owns and seeks to preserve the ship, and a potential developer succeed. The intent, according to the Times, is for the ship to “be reborn as a commercial and cultural center.”
There’s no word yet on where in Brooklyn the “Big U” might be docked; indeed, there are few wharves long enough to accommodate such a large vessel. We’ll keep an eye on developments.
Photo postcard via Cafe Parisian and via Working Harbor Committee.