Tennis Hall of Famer joins SS United States conservation effort

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King is joining the fight to save the historic ocean liner SS United States.

With the SS United States Conservancy continuing its SOS campaign to save America’s Flagship, the owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms of Mylan World TeamTennis also will serve as an honorary member of the conservancy’s advisory council.

The SS United States, which today awaits her renewal at a Philadelphia pier, is 100 feet longer than the Titanic and still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record.

“Billie Jean’s commitment to the ship comes at a critical time and we are grateful for her willingness to be a champion for the United States once again,” Susan Gibbs, the SS United States Conservancy’s executive director and granddaughter of the vessel’s designer, said in a statement.

In March, the conservancy launched an urgent SOS campaign, hoping to raise $500,000 in short-term funds to cover the 1,000-foot-long ship’s extensive maintenance costs. The funds will give the organization additional time to formalize an agreement with developers to repurpose the ship into a mixed-use development and museum complex, including a Center for Design and Discovery, event space and retail, dining and hospitality uses.

Although the grassroots organization has received international attention for its quest to save the fastest ocean liner ever built — and the largest made in America — it might be forced to sell the ship for scrap metal next month if additional resources aren’t raised.

“The SS United States is a part of the history of this great nation and the more you know about history, the more you know about yourself. I hope we can join together in this important initiative and help the SS United States transition into a new and important phase of her life,” King said in a statement.

Click here for the full release.

Related

NMMA to Hold State of the Industry Webinar

The March 4 webinar takes place at 11 a.m. and includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Sanlorenzo Reports 2020 Financials

Gains in the Asia-Pacific and Americas markets offset losses for the Italian builder’s superyacht division.

Into the High Season

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks dealers about restocking inventory and more, as the new season looms.

It Takes Two to Tango

The boom in boat sales we’re enjoying is a result of the combined efforts of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Besenzoni - for over 50 years ambassador of made in Italy in the world - designs and produces accessories for pleasure and commercial boating characterized by simple and functional design

Besenzoni constantly assists its customers in 90 countries with 187 representative points and a direct assistance network consisting of 164 operating units around the world coordinated by the headquarters.

Sea Tow Saves Cold-Stunned Turtles

Its Corpus Christi outfit is rescuing turtles that were affected by the deep freeze in Texas.