Exploring The Decaying “SS United States” Ocean Liner
[B]Published on Aug 16, 2015[/B]
Urban Exploration : Exploring Decaying SS United States Ocean Liner Ship
A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to check out the decaying SS Unites States Ocean liner that has been sitting in Philadelphia Pennsylvania since 1996. This ship is off limits to the public. Its located on a private shipyard shared with the US Govt. I had to undergo background checks to even step foot on the port. Exploring this one without permission is straight up impossible so DO NOT ATTEMPT!
The SS United States is one of the last remaining Ocean Liners that was part of the United States lines. It first maiden voyage was in 1952. The ship is about 990 feet long (5 City Blocks) and it’s built by famous naval architect, William Gibbs. The ship was built different then other ocean liners in the era. It was built with a mixture of steel and aluminum. Steel was used at the bow and on the lower decks as the entire upper desk was constructed with aluminum. The ship was also designed to be fireproof. No wood was used. Even the piano was a special fireproof wood. Mr. Gibbs designed it this way as the United States Govt wanted a ship that can be safe and travel fast which she sure did. The SS United States broke the speed record of 40-45MPH (30 Knots). It still hold the record today as the fastest Ocean Liner to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The US Govt also wanted a ship that was built like a naval ship so that if World War III was to happen, it can be converted and transport 15,000 troops to Europe. The boat had areas for three classes, First Class, Cabin Class, and Tourist Class. Each class had access to certain areas of the ship and could not enter other classes areas. Many famous people travel to and from the United States on this ship. However in the 60s, transportation across the Atlantic Ocean by plane became faster. This in turn destroyed the ocean liners profit. Many ships like the Queen Mary, SS America, SS France, started to seize operations due to less tickets sold. The SS United States last journey before the United States Lines pulled the ship from service was 1969. The massive ship from that time never sailed on it own power again. It ended up being moved to Virginia under a new owner. All of the interior furniture was auctioned off. Some of the interior furniture including the ships horn can be found in places all over the US. In the early 1990s, the ship was bought by a group who sent it to Turkey to have it entire interior walls stripped to it bare bones due to asbestos. Then in 1996, the ship arrived to Philadelphia in hopes to be a riverfront Casino / Hotel. Those plans however fell through and it went through more owners. The ship was about to be scrapped until the SS United States Conservatory bought the ship to save it from scrappers. The owner of the group is the great granddaughter of William Gibbs, the creator of this ship. They been trying to find a owner to restore the ship. Many people have been interested, just nothing has been finalized. They rely off donations to keep the ship docked which cost them 50,000 Us Dollars a month. Donations are keeping this ship afloat. If you would like to make a donation to help save the ship, go to https://www.savetheunitedstates.org/ to make a donation.
Disclaimer: Exploring Abandoned Structures can be dangerous and you could be trespassing. You could get a fine, get hurt, get sick, and/or get arrested. Therefore I CAN NOT be held responsible for your actions if you do choose to enter an abandoned site. I am not providing this video to show people where and how to get to these places. This video is meant to give my viewers the feel of an abandoned structure safely in their home plus provide some history. Just don’t do it. If you choose to ignore this disclaimer, you are taking full responsibility for your actions!