Monday, November 14, 2016

COULD THIS BE A FEMA ASSET OR WILL IT CRUISE AGAIN OR HEAD FOR THE SCRAP HEAP

Exploring Decaying SS United States Ocean Liner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxIgkgBbpQg

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SS UNITED STATES FROM A POST CARD SOLD ABOARD (Public Domain, Date Unknown) 

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 I've long had a lage model of the SS UNITED STATES that I used in teaching marine nomenclature to admiralty law studdents. The ship was a classic, but now is in a state of delapadation in Phildelphia. It is presently owned by a preservation society but Crystal Cruises has an option on it and if after a nine month feasibility study just announced Crystal may return the ship in a renovated and updated version to passenger service as a cruise ship. The necessity to hire foreign flagged cruise ships to serve as barracks for police, firefighters, some Coast Guard employees and other first responders in the wake of Katrina in New Orleans drives the thoughts of those who think the massive former pasenger liner perhaps should be preserved as some sort of FEMA asset for comparable recovery needs on the East and Gulf Coasts. Even if it were no longer self propelled it may be that the shell could signifigantly reduce the the over all cost of a massive barracks barge and save the US the uncertainiity of available cruise ships on the international market in the eevent of another Katrina like emergency. Additionally, if the ship could be economically converted into a barracks ship or barge the US would not be paying US emergency management funds to foreign ship owners in our times of need. In a major virtual city killing incident on our coasts, barracks for first responders and early rebuilders and services restoration personnel is critical, nothing is faster and more ready to use than ready built cruise ship or barracks barge. Follow the the link below to tour the hulk of the great ship as she exists today in November of 2016. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxIgkgBbpQg

Then follow this link to read about her potential as a refurbished cruise ship. In either event, if she can be kept under the American Flag, or even American ownership the UNITED STATES could be a vital national asset again. 

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