Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Ghost Ship, SS United States, Philadelphia
The SS United States is the largest ocean liner entirely built in the US since it's first ocean voyage was on July 4, 1952. And, it was the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic Ocean both ways. It stayed in operation until 1969. It's strange to see it just a stone's throw from Fort Mifflin. And, across the street from Ikea at Pier 82. Sitting and waiting.
The vessel was built in a joint venture with the US Navy and United States Lines. Built so it can convert over to a hospital. Or, quickly used as a troop transport in case of war. Built to the very high standards for it's time. Totally fire proof.
During her years many celebrities have traveled on her decks. Marlon Brando, James Cagney, Salvador Dali, Walt Disney, Judy Garland, Jackie Gleason, Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, royalty and a president just to name a few.
What's sad is that the ship was used for about 17 years. It's been totally gutted. Many people have shown interest to fix her up. But, now it's seems to be on sale. And, many are afraid it may go for scrape.
As, for any "ghosts" that maybe on board the ship? There has never been a mention if there are any hauntings going on. But, does that mean it shouldn't be investigated? I don't see why not have a paranormal team go in and check it out before it's too late. And, we will never know? Would be interesting to find out! But, always ask for permission first.