DIVINE INTERVENTION: $5.8 Million Lenfest Donation Will Bring Ghost Ship Back From The Dead


[photo by EDDIE HALES]

INQUIRER: All it needs to be a ghost ship is ghosts. But the SS United States – its name faded but visible on the bow – is going to come back from the dead, if its supporters have their way. Officials announced Thursday that Philadelphia philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest will donate up to $5.8 million to help save the ship, a storied but suffering ocean liner celebrated at a ceremony Thursday night on the Delaware River. The money will allow the Washington-based SS United States Conservancy to buy the ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, and maintain the vessel in its South Philadelphia berth for up to 20 months while redevelopment and refurbishment plans are completed. MORE

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