In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of her historic maiden voyage, a Save the United States campaign was launched online.
The campaign aims to blend social networking with historic preservation to raise awareness and resources for the cause of saving one of the nation’s most iconic national symbols. Its creators hope the interactive experience will create an online community committed to protecting a unique and inspiring expression of American pride and innovation.
Like the Space Shuttle and the 747, the SS United States is one of the nation’s crowning technological achievements. Larger than the Titanic, she shattered the transatlantic speed record 60 years ago this week — a record that has never been broken.
The safest, fastest and most advanced ship of her time, SS United States epitomizes “Made in America” and remains the largest passenger ship constructed entirely in her namesake nation.
Today, America’s flagship sits idle and in a state of disrepair in Philadelphia awaiting restoration and repurposing as a museum and self-sustaining stationary waterfront destination.
“The Save the United States Campaign is as an exciting and inspiring project the entire nation can rally around,” states Susan Gibbs, executive director of the SS United States Conservancy, which purchased the vessel last year.
For $1 per square inch, supporters can select and save their own sections of the ship. They can also upload photos, stories, anecdotes and tributes that can be linked to their Facebook pages and other social networking sites. Individuals and corporations have a variety of customization options including highlighting their sections with badges, colors and other graphics.