Take a Virtual Tour of the SS UNITED STATES
Here's where you get to "kick the tires" and take a closer look at the current state of affairs on board the SS United States. Get ready for a walk and then some. The SS United States is actually 110 feet longer than the RMS Titanic.
You're going to see the Big U as she is today. Pictured above: A look out port side from the Executive Officer's office. That ladder goes up to the bridge, from Sports Deck to the Navigation Bridge.
Given that SS UNITED STATES is a whopping 990 feet long, 101 feet wide and has 12+ deck levels get ready for a major hike. Forget using any of her 19 elevators - without electricity you'll be using the stairs. You'll probably want to pack a lunch, or two - a comprehensive inspection will require no less than 7 miles of walking. Yes, easily 7 miles or more of walking on this great ship - and that is without retracing your steps. You see the SS UNITED STATES is a floating city.
On this walk through you'll become more familiar with the ships architecture, engine rooms, endless promenades, passenger and crew accommodations and public rooms.
Make no mistake about it, the ship is totally void of her past appointments. You'll see her just as she is today. If you are a preservationists, you'll at first be heartbroken. But our purpose here is not to long for the past. It is to look forward to a renewal of the SS United States. Look at this monumental treasure and consider her future. That's what is exciting about the SS UNITED STATES. It's all about potential.
If you are a painter, plumber, or joiner bring along some mental tools. Artist? Bring your best work. An architect? Start planning. A decorator? Start designing! If you are Martha Stewart bring your glue gun! Are you a musician? Well, bring the whole band. Bring an orchestra - because there is a place for you - and every one on the ocean liner SS UNITED STATES.
Pictured above: The SS UNITED STATES in Istanbul, Turkey on October 22, 1993. This image of her was taken as she was being towed to Sevastopol, Russia (Ukraine) where workers stripped interior marinite (asbestos) a material commonly used to fireproof ships. Today, the Big U resides back in US waters, just two miles from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Picture courtesy of: Ted & Trish Jamison, who recalled the moment of this view, "It was like seeing a ghost."