Historic Ship Larger Than Titanic Could Sail Again

The SS United States, an ocean liner larger than the Titanic, may one day sail again but before it can be turned into a state-of-the-art commercial vessel, it must undergo a nine-month feasibility study.

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The SS United States sits moored in Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 2013. Crystal Cruises luxury travel company announced plans to overhaul the ship at a cost of at least $700 million. The massive steamship has been docked in Philadelphia for two decades, gutted and rusting at an unused wharf on the Delaware River.
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The SS United States has been docked in Philadelphia for two decades, gutted and rusting at an unused wharf on the Delaware River.
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The SS United states ship's exterior is seen in Philadelphia on June 25, 2012. The ship is now owned by a conservation group, with a purchase option signed by Crystal Cruises.
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The bow of the SS United States in Philadelphia, pictured Nov. 22, 2013. This is not the first time plans have been in the works for refurbishment. In 2003, the Norwegian Cruise Lines said it planned an overhaul that did not materialize.
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SS United States Conservancy Executive Director Susan Gibbs, left, and Crystal Cruises President & CEO Edie Rodriquez pose with an artist rendering of the SS United States, in New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The conservation group and cruise line announced plans to overhaul the ocean liner, that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds in its prime, but has been rotting on the Philadelphia waterfront for two decades.
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Thomas J. Basile stands in the former theater of the SS United States on June 25, 2012 in Philadelphia.
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The SS United States on Thursday, July 1, 2010 in Philadelphia. Before the massive steamship can be turned into a state-of-the-art commercial vessel, the SS United States must undergo a nine-month feasibility study.
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The SS United States ship's interior is seen in Philadelphia on June 25, 2012.
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The cruise ship SS United States, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.
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The SS United States ship's exterior is seen in Philadelphia on June 25, 2012. With Crystal Cruises' overhaul plans, the ocean liner, which is 108 feet longer than the Titanic, may one day sail again.
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