VIDEO: New documentary aims to save the SS United States

SS United States
Rikard Larma/Metro. The SS United States has been since 1996 docked in disrepair at a South Philadelphia pier.

A new documentary chronicling the plight of the SS United States is issuing a “call to action” to save the historic ocean liner currently docked in disrepair on the Delaware River in South Philadelphia.

“Made in America” is a sequel to director Robert Radler’s 2008 PBS documentary “SS United States: Lady in Waiting.”  The 55-minute film, which The SS United States Conservancy is releasing online in five installations in the coming weeks, features rare archival footage of the ship and updates on the latest efforts to save it from the scrapyard.

The first chapter “The Glory Years,” debuted today.

“The SS United States epitomizes the term ‘Made in America’ and Bob Radler has again captured the ship’s power, technological innovation and national symbolism with his thoughtful and moving film,” said executive director of the Conservancy Susan Gibbs, whose grandfather William designed the SS United States.

The Conservancy purchased the ship in 2011 for redevelopment purposes and is now racing against the clock to raise $1 million in order to keep the ship afloat for another year while plans for a museum are finalized.

Each chapter of “Made in America” will at its close encourage viewers to support the web-based Save the United States campaign, through which visitors can save and personalize pieces of the vessel through an interactive online map in exchange for donations as low as $1.

“Until the advent of the internet, I often felt like I was the only one who remembered this great ship,” Radler said in a statement. “Through the power of new technology and social media, we have found that there a community of people all around the world who care about this great vessel and her place in history.”

The SS United States 60 years ago set a transatlantic speed record that still has not been broken. It was constructed during the Cold War as a passenger liner that could be quickly and stealthily converted to a troopship in times of war. It quickly rose to the status of a luxury transatlantic cruise ship patronized by celebrities and presidents.

“She is as significant an American icon as the Empire State Building or Grand Central Terminal,” Radler said. “In America, we can’t make a ship like this anymore. … Now that the Conservancy owns this ship and is racing to raise the funds to save her, I hope this film will motivate people to take action in support of an irreplaceable piece of American history.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.