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    Ahoy Members and Friends, I think you all know the membership vote at our March 15 luncheon meeting to adopt the SS UNITED STATES was unanimous. I have been
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 25, 2010
      Ahoy Members and Friends,
      I think you all know the membership vote at our March 15 luncheon meeting to "adopt" the SS UNITED STATES was unanimous.
      I have been corresponding by E-mail with the SS UNITED STATES Conservancy and others in regards to the adoption. And keeping up with the news via the Internet.
      Our council's adoption certificate is essentially waiting for the appropriate time of presentation and signing. The date, time, and place of that occurring will be announced. We are awaiting our council's "Plankower" certificate. To see what it looks like visit http://www.ssusplankowner.org/cert.html. May I encourage you to get a personal certificate?

      I continue to add links on our ever expanding links page,
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PMMC-NLUS/Links, here are five related to the Big U:
      SS United States Conservancy
      The SS United States Conservancy seeks to preserve and revitalize the SS United States, the largest and fastest ocean liner ever built in her namesake's country. The Conservancy works to ensure that the nation's flagship will endure for future generations as the ultimate expression of the United States Merchant Marine and American transatlantic passenger shipping. News, take action, board, shop, history, donate, stories, contacts, and links.

      SS United States Conservancy's Latest Update
      SS UNITED STATES blog - latest information. Link to become a plank owner. Events, media releases, links to videos, and more.

      SS UNITED STATES Conservancy Fundraising Video

      SS United States  Conservancy Plank Owner Certificate (Sample)

      SS UNITED STATES Yahoo Group Forum
      This forum for exchanging artifact information, history, ideas for the future, news and stories pertaining to the SS United States. The focus is on her history, present state and her future.
      Here is some of that correspondence.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: SS United States Conservancy
      Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:00 PM
      Subject: status of your plank certificates

      Dear Plankowner Pacific Merchant Marine Council,
      First of all, welcome to our community. The SS United States Conservancy is grateful for your support in our ongoing efforts to save the SS United States. We know many of you are still awaiting your plank certificates and we apologize for that. While we are now headlong into delivering them, the initial response overwhelmed our capacity to produce and deliver the certificates in a timely manner.

      Again, we sincerely apologize for the delay. If you have not received your certificate yet, rest assured that in the coming weeks, you will. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we strive to save our nation's flagship, and please keep up to date on breaking news by visiting

      Gratefully yours,
      The SSUS Conservancy

      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 7:30 PM
      Subject: Re: Thank You

      You have it!
      Also you may stumble upon something elsewhere on the internet that I have posted. I seem to be involved with more networks and internet maritime groups than I can keep track of. I will see if we can link up on a few.
      I want to let you know we are not going on a tangent to the Conservancy. The Conservancy is the captain, we are simply a mate.
      Heave Ho - Merchant Marine term.
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 7:19 PM
      Subject: Re: Thank You

      Dear Phelps,

      We cannot thank you enough for this profound expression of support for the SS United States! With your permission, we would like to share the news of your Council's adoption in a future issue of the Conservancy's e-update. We are so grateful for such strong West Coast backing!

      All the best,

      Susan Gibbs

      Sent from my iPhone

      On Mar 21, 2010, at 9:52 PM, "Pacific Merchant Marine Council" <pmmc@...> wrote:

      Ahoy Dan, Susan, and Mark,
      I suspect you read my two posts at http://ssunitedstatesconservancy.org/SSUS/blog
      ----- Original Message -----
      To: <PMMC@...>
      Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 5:02 PM
      Subject: Thank You

      Mr. Hobart,

      Sorry for the delay in replying. It's been pretty busy for us over the past few weeks. (That's a good thing.)

      In any case, I wanted to say thanks for the support you've offered the Conservancy.
      We'd like to announce the latest developments in your organization in our next E-update. Can you let us know if there's anything new to report on your end?

      Again, thanks for everything you're doing on behalf of the Big U.


      Dan McSweeney
      Executive Director
      SS United States Conservancy
      Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
      This is another informative Yahoo Group. Check out the link to Darrell Dean Antiques of Washington D.C. is you care to examine some of the ship's artistic furniture. The Big U was stripped of her asbestos but later virtually everything of a decorative nature, furniture, and equipment that could be removed was removed and sold by auction. For me this is may be the key element to prevent the ship ever coming back as a living museum or hotel and restaurant. If the funds were found to restore her, most of the missing pieces would likely be reproduction pieces. Gradually, just like a historic home that is restored and open to the public, some of the original furniture and art work are donated or purchased back. It would be a long process and reproduction pieces would likely be more common. There is something about an original versus a copy - they are not the same, close but never the same.
      If interested take a look at all these websites. For sure they are active now that the ship herself is being auctioned to the highest bidder.
      Hello All,

      This was posted a bit earlier today over on Mark's group but here is some wonderful and rare SS United States furniture up for sale by Darrell Dean Antiques of Washington, D.C.


      In order of appearance - top to bottom:

      The First Class Observation Lounge "Wave" table, listed at $8,500.00, has already sold.

      The fabric upholstered chair, similar to the Cabin Class Dining Salon chairs, which I can't figure out what space it came from (anyone else?) has also been sold.

      A Cabin Class Smoking Room chair is listed at $1,000.00

      The 12-drawer cabinet (with one drawer that locks) and the desk, both pieces have the brushed aluminum strap drawer pulls. The dealer said he would entertain offers for. Mark Perry has suggested that the desk may have come from the Captain's office but the dealer is saying the cabinet and desk came from the Chief Engineer's office. Anyone else have any ideas?

      The chair with cloth upholstery and grid-like sides Mark Perry identified as coming from the Engineer's Lounge (a photo of a similar chair can be seen in Bill Miller's Picture History of the SS United States on page 103) is listed at $1,400.00

      The pair of First Class Stateroom/Suite coffee tables are listed at $5,000.00 for the pair.

      The red leather/leatherette chairs, a pair, Mark Perry believes may have come from the Chef's Reception area. Other ideas? These are listed at $1,000.00 for the pair.

      I'm am in the process of uploading all of the photos to our photo archives but Yahoo is giving me fits tonight. All photos come courtesy of Darrell Dean Antiques and Darrell couldn't have been nicer in answering my questions today.

      He told me that all the furniture had come off the ship during or around the time of the auction.

      Any help in identifying the furniture that we're unsure of would be great.


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