Around the Web: "America’s Fabled SS United States Given Extension for New Hope"
Flagship fans far and wide are spreading the word about Jim Pollin's major donation to the Conservancy's "We Are the United States" campaign!
Here's what Emrys Thakkar wrote today on Cruise Hive:
The iconic United States cruise ship which is currently rusting away at a pier in Philadelphia has been given a last gasp of hope. An extension has been given thanks to a generous donation of $150,000 on the eve of the ships conclusion. The contribution was given to the Conservancy so that they can keep looking for a better outlook for the SS United States.
The Conservancy’s executive director, Susan Gibbs, stated:
“This donation gives us more time to raise additional resources for the ship’s expenses as we continue to negotiate with prospective developers and secure a permanent location for the vessel.”
“Jim Pollin’s passion for the SS United States is inspiring and extraordinary. He is a hero to all those who care about saving our nation’s heritage.”
The Conservancy, which saved the ship from certain destruction in 2011, is actively courting developers and investors to revitalize the vessel as a stationary, mixed-use, landmark destination. The organization is in a race against time to raise the funds to cover the ship’s ongoing monthly carrying costs at its current pier in Philadelphia. The Conservancy is also committed to the long-term effort of locating, preserving and showcasing thousands of original artifacts, as well as archival documentation, from America’s Flagship.
Together, we can save the United States.