PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A historic cruise ship moored in Philadelphia could be destined for the scrap heap if a group trying to save it doesn't get an infusion of cash.
The SS United States Conservancy sent a virtual SOS to supporters Wednesday, saying ongoing expenses have become unsustainable.
The nonprofit says it needs more than $60,000 per month to keep the rehabilitation project afloat. It's retained a broker to explore selling the ship to a metals recycler.
The SS United States was once the world's fastest ocean liner. It launched in 1952 after a secret Cold War project to build the world's fastest ship.
It still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record.
The conservancy has planned to repurpose the SS United States as a museum and mixed-use destination.