The SS United States Conservancy, owners of America’s Flagship, the historic SS United States, released the following statement praising key officials in the City of London for backing a redevelopment and museum plan for the QE2, which was recently rumored to have been sold for scrap by its owners in Dubai.
“Plan to save iconic cruise liner from Chinese scrap yard by turning it into floating luxury hotel,” reads, in part, the headline in Britain’s Daily Mail.
The conservancy is currently pursuing similar redevelopment options to keep the famed American from demolition.
“The return of the QE2 to London would be a great victory for all those who support the preservation and re-use of historic, endangered vessels like the QE2 and the SS United States,” reads the statement. “Here at home, however, our nation’s great flagship – the fastest ocean liner ever built and the largest made in America – is still in danger of being lost forever. While our efforts have garnered support from people across the nation and around the world and we continue to have productive conversations with developers and government officials, time is running out for us to save the United States.”