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i go to Philly frequently to visit my grandparents. the problem is i have one phobia- bridges. and i have to cross the humongous walt whitman bridge to get into the city. i'm petrified of bridges. i have this recurring nightmare that i'm going to drive off a bridge and drown with my kids in the car with me. naturally, when i cross the bridge i clutch the steering wheel with sweaty palms, stay in the center lane, and try not to look left or right. but every time i cross the bridge, this HUGE ship docked on the Philly side of the Delaware river catches my eye. I'm always wishing i could get a better look.

 

We went into the city today to go to Ikea, and I was SO excited to finally get a close up view of this incredible boat, which is in a state of serious decay. I wish I could have gotten closer, but I had kids in tow. This is the view of this battered beauty from the Ikea parking lot.

 

More information about "the fastest ocean liner ever built" at the website: www.ss-united-states.com/i2.html and the preservation effort website: ssunitedstatesconservancy.org/SSUS/Home.html. According to the websites, the ship was completed in 1952, and although this is the fastest passenger ship ever built, economic hard times fell on the ship's owners when jet travel gained popularity. This amazing boat came out of service in 1969. It's essentially condemned now, but folks are still hanging on to hope that some day it will return to it's former glory. It still holds the world record for speed for a passenger ship.

 

out of all the pics i have had "explored" this is only one of two that has broken the top 100 (that i know of).

 

UPDATE:

I just watched the movie Baby Mama with Tina Fey which was set in Philadelphia. Obviously parts of the movie were filmed in Philly because there is a brief scene where Tina Fey is scouring Philly for a good site for a new store and the USS United States is seen clearly in the background.

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Taken on August 24, 2008