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SS United States Conservancy - July 1, 2010 Event in Philly

Special Event at Ship Scheduled on July 1st in Philadelphia

"Save our Ship" Campaign Momentum Builds

Pacific Merchant Marine Council "Adopts" SS United States

Fantastic New Line of SS United States T-Shirts for Sale

Conservancy Featured on Fox News TV in Philadelphia

SS United States included in Ellis Island Museum Exhibit

Greetings to our members and supporters!

The SS United States Conservancy continues to work with Norwegian Cruise Line and Genting Hong Kong, the current owners of the SS United States, to prevent the scrapping of our national flagship. While we are encouraged by the progress we've achieved to date, the status of the ship remains precarious.

We are excited to announce that we have planned a special celebration to take place across the street from the ship on Thursday evening, July 1. We will be celebrating the 58th anniversary of the ship's maiden voyage and will be lighting up the ship's funnels! We will provide a full update on the Conservancy's efforts to save the ship at this event as well as introduce some very special guests. We hope that you can join us!

We are so thankful for the continued support from our members. With your continued help, we will save the SS United States!

With our warmest greetings,

SS United States Conservancy Board of Directors
MAY 24, 2010


Please join us on Thursday, July 1 in Philadelphia for a grand celebration in honor of the 58th anniversary of the record-breaking maiden voyage of our national flagship! While the exact schedule of events is still being finalized, current plans are to gather in the IKEA complex across the street from the SS United States' current pier. Plenty of music and refreshments will be on hand, and our special program will culminate in a recreation of artist Robert Wogan's lighting of the ship's funnels, bridge, and radar mast. Weather permitting, we will also have a special outdoor screening of SS United States: Lady in Waiting. It will be a very special evening, and we hope you can join us. Please stay turned for further details and updates.

Tentative Schedule for July 1 National Flagship Celebration

7:00 Music and Refreshments
8:00 Special Announcement and Awards
8:30 Lighting of SS United States' funnels
8:45 Outdoor Screening of SS United States: Lady in Waiting


The SS United States Conservancy is continuing its Save Our Ship outreach and fundraising campaign and we offer a hearty thanks to all of our generous supporters! A few recent highlights include:

The Dean S. Edmonds Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Conservancy! The Foundation strives to support worthy causes that do not always garner support from larger trusts and foundations and provides seed funding to help small organizations grow their donor base and achieve greater impact. The SS United States Conservancy is deeply honored by this expression of support.

The Mays Landing Yacht Club in Mays Landing, New Jersey, has approved a $500 donation to the SS United States Conservancy! We encourage Conservancy members who are members of yacht clubs to explore the possibility of becoming institutional Plank Owners. For guidance on how to approach your club or other institution, please don't hesitate to contact us. Many thanks to Conservancy member and former SS United States passenger Henry Goldsmith for his help in facilitating this generous contribution!

Alan Urban, a student at Owen Valley Community High School organized a fundraiser at this school and forwarded the Conservancy a check in the amount of $220.85! "Hopefully, with the money I raise, along with help from the rest of America, the Big U, the greatest ship of the 21st Century, can be saved for many years to come," Urban said.

Long Island City-based Artist and illustrator Paul Stipkovich has been ordering Plank Owner certificates in honor of various friends and family members... thank you, Paul! Even if you have already signed on as a Plank Owner yourself, consider purchasing additional certificates for your children, parents, friends, colleagues, and other special people in your life!

Once again, thank you one and all for your ongoing support!


The Pacific Merchant Marine Council has formally adopted the SS United States and become a Plank Owner as part of the SS United States Conservancy's Save Our Ship Campaign. The Council will present its certificate of adoption to Susan Gibbs, Board President, and Dan McSweeney, Executive Director, at the Navy League's Merchant Marine Committee Meeting near Washington, DC on June 4th. The Conservancy will also be granted honorary membership in the Navy League. The Navy League's Merchant Marine Committee is chaired by VADM Albert Herberger who served as a young cadet on the SS United States' maiden voyage.

The Navy League is the foremost citizens' organization that serves supports, and stands with the U.S. sea services - the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the U.S. flag merchant marine. The Navy League has a network of 270 councils and 53,000 members. The League's Pacific Merchant Marine Council was chartered on December 11, 2006.

The SS United States Conservancy is deeply grateful for the Pacific Merchant Marine Council's support and is honored for this important recognition from the Navy League.


Gregory Shutters has launched a fabulous new line of T-Shirts featuring the SS United States Conservancy's Save Our Ship Campaign!

As the "Don't Give Up the Shirt" Website explains, "With every purchase of this very attractive tribute to the vessel, funds will be raised for the purpose of restoring this ship to its shiny, former glory: a testament to American ingenuity and the American century. With your support, this amazing ship, both longer and larger than the Titanic, can enjoy a new life as a hotel, convention center, and maritime museum, and serve as a stately tribute to America's industrial past."

Shirts (by American Apparel) are made from 100% Fine Jersey cotton and come in sizes ranging from XS to XL. Shirts are printed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with eco-friendly inks by Orchard Street Press. All proceeds from these sales will support the SS United States Conservancy's efforts to save the ship for future generations.

Contact with any questions about this new wonderful line of SS United States apparel.

To order your own "Don't Give up the Ship" shirt, CLICK HERE.


Conservancy President Susan Gibbs and Executive Director Dan McSweeney were interviewed live on Fox 29 in Philadelphia. Fox News' "Good Day" program has been promoting the SS United States as a site for a possible casino in Philadelphia, a plan that the SS United States Conservancy is now exploring. The Conservancy commends Fox 29's Mike Jerrick and Steve Keeley for their interest in the SS United States and for sharing her plight with Fox's viewers in the Philadelphia area!


SS United States Conservancy supporter Dave McCutcheon, who attended the "Save Our Ship" campaign launch event in New York on March 11th, has mounted a show of his paintings at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, where he also serves as a National Park Service Park Ranger.
McCutcheon's show is titled "American Immigrant Trail." It offers an illustrated history of immigration in New York and America at large. He included a painting of the SS United States, as the vessel transported thousands of immigrants to the United States during her 17 years of service.

"This ship is in important part of our history," said McCutcheon, a native of Brooklyn who has been painting all of his life and studied under famous animator Don Duga, who is best known for his work on the television classic "Frosty the Snowman."

"The vessel very definitely needs to be preserved, as she showed that she was the pride of our country...there are not many liners left and certainly none like our Big U."


To those of you who have not yet joined the Campaign, the Conservancy's national campaign titled "Save Our Ship" (SOS) offers a customized "Plank Owner" certificate for tax-deductible donations of at least $25 via its DONOR WEBSITE.

Please click on the link above and give as generously as you can. If every American contributes even a modest amount, the SS United States could be saved, but we are in urgent need of your help! Your continued support is what fuels our determination to save the SS United States!

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