People are working hard to save the SS United States; the behemoth has been docked in South Philly since the mid-'90s.
Donors from around the world contributed at least $205,000, and another $116,000 was raised by scrapping obsolete pieces of the ship that would have had to be cleared eventually by a developer, said Susan Gibbs, the conservancy's executive director.
The influx of cash should cover the ship's upkeep bills for the next six months or so. By that time, Gibbs said, there's hope that a redevelopment deal will finally be close at hand.
"We aren't yet able to make an announcement about a final deal, but we're very hopeful 2014 is going to be the year for the SS United States," she said.
Unfortunately, that future might happen outside of Philadelphia -- perhaps in New York. Time will tell.
Original Source: Philadelphia Daily News
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