Today the SS United States is a national treasure hidden in plain view. Since 1997, America's Flagship has been moored along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As the great passenger ships were replaced by jet airliners most were dismantled, lost to history, and faded from memory and fame. Many who so greatly admired this wonderful ship in years past are not even aware that she has perservered, surviving numerous brushes with the breakers. Those who discover she is still with us are delighted and enthralled. They, as well as those who discover the SS United States for the first time, are often astounded that such an important artifact of our American heritage has not yet been protected and made available to generations to come.
The story of the United States touches dozens of facets of American history and culture. She affords numerous educational opportunities, but more importantly she is an inspiration. Like the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty, being in the presence of America's Flagship is an experience that cannot be captured by words or pictures.
Today America has the best opportunity yet to restore this symbol of our great nation - and in so doing help rebuild a sense of national pride that, like the great flagships, has been allowed to fade to far from our memories.