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SS United States may be offered for sale

The SS United States Conservancy has learned that the 1952 built  United States will soon be listed for sale.  "The SS United States was purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in 2003, and ownership of the vessel was recently transferred to a holding company controlled by NCL's parent company, Hong Kong-based Star Cruises.  In light of current economic conditions, the SS United States is now in grave danger of being sold for scrap," the Consrvancy said in a statement.

In 1952, United States became the last vessel to win the Blue Riband, a title belonging to the fastest passenger vessel in relgular Trans-Atlantic service. The ship has been laid up since 1969.

"While the SS United States Conservancy has been working diligently behind the scenes to secure a future home and reuse for the ship, we have been continually hindered by the fact that the vessel remains privately owned.  If we are going to succeed in saving the SS United States for future generations, we need all hands on deck.  The Conservancy is launching a major public education and outreach campaign," the organisation said