The World’s Fastest Ship Is Decaying In Philadelphia… But It May Sail Again Soon

The Titanic springs to mind for most people when they are asked about historic cruise ships — however, an equally if not more impressive vessel sits in disrepair at Pier 82 in Philadelphia.

The SS United States was built in 1952, and on its maiden voyage it set the new transatlantic speed record — which it still holds, even though it hasn’t been on a voyage since 1969.

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As it turns out, though, the SS United States may see the open sea again one day soon. The Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises recently signed an agreement with the Conservancy that might lead to the ship’s restoration, and its return to an active cruise ship by 2018. Crystal Cruises will be running a feasibility study over the next nine months, to see if the massive costs of refurbishing the ship and getting it up to code will be worth it.

Fingers crossed — this would be a fantastic piece of history to bring back to life! Watch the video below to see more of the ship and hear more about its fascinating history.

Did you ever set foot on the SS United States — or do you know anyone who has?