The SS United States, July 7, 2001
As part of the 4th Annual SS United States Foundation meeting on July 7, 2001, Tom Margiotti, Project Manager of the SS United States Project graciously took certain board members of the Foundation and the Philadelphia media onboard America's flagship. After over 30 years of inactivity, the SS United States still inspires by conveying an image of great speed, tremendous size, and American pride. Seeming almost defiant, America's flagship refuses to give in to the elements. Upon closer inspection, the SS United States seemed remarkably solid. Most of the flaws are cosmetic involving paint and rust, and the only apparent damage is a broken railing at the stern, some minor water intrusion internally, some broken windows, and weathered neotex on the decks.
From left to right, Rich April, Rich Rabbett, SSUS enthusiast Brian Ladley, and former crewmember Joe Rota display the flag which flew on the stern of the SS United States in Philadelphia.