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Photographer:Shipdogg [View profile]Title:UNITED STATESAdded:Aug 20, 2008
Captured:October 29, 2005IMO:5373476Hits:5,015
Location:Philadelphia, United States
Photo Category: Cruise Ships built 1950-1960
Photographed 29 October, 2005 in Philadelphia, PA where she hopefully awaits restoration.
Vessel Identification
Name:United States
Technical Data
Vessel type:Passengers Ship
Gross tonnage:38,216 tons
Summer DWT:13,016 tons

Additional Information
Status:Laid Up
Build year:1952
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (8)

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Leonard Cohen on Jul 08, 2011 01:47 (7 years ago)
It may be true that it's sad to see a great ship in such condition, but it's better than not having her around at all. Given enough time, she will capture some investor's eye and will get restored or converted into a presentable monument. Just seeing her in the distance from the Walt Whitman Bridge is inspiring. at that distance, the paint job doesn't matter. Her raked funnels look like slanted buildings in the distance. It reminds me of the 1950's and 1960's in New York, at Ocean Liner Row, where your first hint of the ships were the slanted buildings in the skyline. As you came south on the Hudson Drive, the buildings would gain color and could be distinguished as the funnels of the United States, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Nieuw Amsterdam, and others.
albertiger on Oct 03, 2008 15:40 (10 years ago)
Gorgeous photo. I recently saw her from the air approaching Philly after a cruise, funnels were instantly recognizable from the air. What I wouldn't give to sail on her!
stumps on Aug 20, 2008 13:36 (10 years ago)
Excellent photograph but, so sad to see how she has been left to rot in Phili., Last time I saw her at sea was when she was being brought back , under tow, from Turkey where she had her Asbestos removed. She came majestically out of a fog bank in the straits of Gibraltar and looked a sad and lonely ship .
Aad Hoogesteger on Oct 28, 2007 13:45 (11 years ago)
Great picture. Very sad to see such a wonderfull ship getting to in this condition.
Mike Cornwall on Oct 28, 2007 00:28 (11 years ago)
Mate, if you beleive that, you must beleive in Santa Claus!!!

Just remember Norway/France.

And never cruise with them.

Jens Boldt on Oct 27, 2007 20:30 (11 years ago)
As sad as it is, but I agree with tord and linerrich.
Isn't it true NCL had to own an American flagged vessel in order to be able to let Stars and Stripes fly over their NCLA fleet? Please correct me if that is wrong, but I think I read that somewhere.)
So why not buy a rather cheap rusty old cruise liner and get rid of her after some years? (See the fate of the Independence)


Forgot to mention: a beautiful photo!
Rich Turnwald on Oct 27, 2007 13:18 (11 years ago)
Actually NCL has as much as admitted that it will be years more, before anything would be done with her, which is basically saying that nothing will. With their NCLA operations being scaled back to only 2 vessels, and those are on notice to make profits or the plug will be pulled next year, it's extremely doubtful they would invest the millions necessary on a 55-year-old ship. She is totally gutted out, and to make her workable, a new superstructure with loads of balconies would have to be added. The UNITED STATES that people knew and loved is already gone, and cannot be resurrected.
Tord Avsnes Sæle on Oct 27, 2007 02:50 (11 years ago)
Very nice capture of a former beauty.
But are there actually anyone who believes that NCL has any intention of fixing her?
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