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In its heyday the SS United States was the king of this sees a modern massive passenger vessel.
That's catered to presidents celebrity's.
And royalty will now sixty years after it was built America's flagship he's short on funds and could be.
Destined for the scrap yard.
Here to explain is Dan McSweeney he's the managing director of the redevelopment project for the SS United States weren't very good morning you want to save the United States.
I don't want to save the ship we have to save this -- this is America's national flagship.
It bears the name of our country how can we let the ship be lost can't happen it is a beautiful ship tell us who's been on it.
Four US presidents were aboard every Hollywood celebrity of the year a lot of military and diplomatic leaders.
But just as importantly every day Americans who were traveling back and forth to Europe students as well and immigrants to our country so the ship is a very democratic ship.
And for that reason among others she's got a -- didn't really believe there was a way that they could -- in the time of war if needed they could retrofit it and suddenly turn around and carry a bunch of guys the capability of the ship was unbelievable within two days she -- she could be converted to troop ship.
They can carry an entire army division 101000 miles without refueling you can even do that today you know can OK so what do you want to see happen -- this record.
Because right now because 80000 dollars a month to keep it in -- slip.
Down in Philly.
If you don't get that money is gonna wind up in the scrappy what do you want to see done with it.
Right we're facing challenging situation here but we're optimistic because.
The word is getting out what we want people to do across America is go to our web -- see the United States dot org.
It's our own original crowd funding site and if every American just gave one dollar.
We could redevelop to ship it to become the crown jewel of the waterfront district it could create thousands of jobs so we're not asking for hander.
We're asking to help us create jobs and save this great symbol of our country.
Absolutely why not save the United States so it a perfect world you would love to see that and we and we just sought at that slipped down in Philly.
You would like to see that you know develop -- that you know somebody with deep pockets like Donald Trump or somebody like that develop -- into.
-- well it's -- the first and foremost a self sustaining business we want this thing to make a profit so it'll be a hotel.
Restaurants retail events but it's and then a world class museum that celebrates our history.
And that puts a big spotlight on the legacy that we have of innovation in America and on the West Coast they've got -- queen Mary.
Right the queen Mary which is a great -- it's a British ship this is an American ship.
This is just an American -- the united cities and states exactly our national flagship once again if people would like to go to your website it is it is save the United States dot org.
And for general information SS USC.
Dot work right Dan McSweeney we thank you very much for -- about the United States thank you very much --
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