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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    Speaking of retired ships, every time I visit Philly, I go look at (well, from a short distance-Ikea is a good spot) the slowly decaying hulk of the fastest ocean liner ever, the SS United States. It is just a gorgeous piece of naval history, and though it seems to be moored in the right city, it would be glorious if Pennsylvania would do for it what California did for the Queen Mary.

    We shall see if this ever actually happens:

    https://www.ssusc.org/news/rxr-realt...-united-states

    That made me curious, so did a couple look ups.

    How fast is fastest? (70.97 km/h; 44.10 mph) (trials)

    How much power? 240,000 HP

    Interesting fact: The SS United States could go faster in reverse than the Titanic could going forward. LOL
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    I know! That ship utterly fascinates me, as have the Titanic, QM and others from that era. I love the way they look, and still have a desire to do a TransAtlantic crossing on the QM2 (which can only manage 35 mph).
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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    I know! That ship utterly fascinates me, as have the Titanic, QM and others from that era. I love the way they look, and still have a desire to do a TransAtlantic crossing on the QM2 (which can only manage 35 mph).
    I am not a cruise person myself but I do recognize those as actual ships. What is referred to as a cruise ship today has the appearance of a multiple story housing project mounted on a hull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpep View Post
    I am not a cruise person myself but I do recognize those as actual ships. What is referred to as a cruise ship today has the appearance of a multiple story housing project mounted on a hull.
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    Yeah. Carnival condominiums for rent. lol
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    The fate of so many old awesome ships is pretty sad. The cost to keep them out of scrap yards is huge. The SS United States was an engineering marvel. It used aluminum for most of the structure from the deck up, lighter faster. I always thought it was odd that it was steam powered and so fast. The redeeming factor there was that the steam spun turbines and made so much power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpep View Post
    I am not a cruise person myself but I do recognize those as actual ships. What is referred to as a cruise ship today has the appearance of a multiple story housing project mounted on a hull.
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    Thank you, Don, for putting my thoughts into print.
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    Someone brought up Ships and Philly, so I'll just continue the spiral off-topic. It reminded me of a trip I did 10 years ago w/ my Cub Scouts for an overnight stay and amazing tour of the USS New Jersey in Philly (it's actually on the other side of the Delaware River in Camden, NJ ) But is was an amazing weekend. One of the kid's grampas with us was retired Navy who served on a similar class battleship. He was a great tour-guide as well and filled in any gaps left by the retired Navy volunteer docents.
    https://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich82GS750TZ View Post
    Someone brought up Ships and Philly, so I'll just continue the spiral off-topic. It reminded be of a trip I did 10 years ago w/ my Cub Scouts for and overnight stay and amazing tour of the USS New Jersey in Philly (it's actually on the other side of the Delaware River in Camden, NJ ) But is was an amazing weekend. One of the kid's grampas with us was retired Navy who served on a similar class battleship. He was a great tour-guide as well and filled in any gaps left by the retired Navy volunteer docents.
    https://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/


    CONGRATULATIONS to you for organizing that trip!

    Cubs are at the most wonderful age to work with and enjoy.

    They would absolutely love it, and will remember it for all their lives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by argonsagas View Post
    CONGRATULATIONS to you for organizing that trip!

    Cubs are at the most wonderful age to work with and enjoy.

    They would absolutely love it, and will remember it for all their lives!

    The kid on the lower right in the photo is my now 20 yr. old Eagle Scout. And it was definitely a trip we will all remember fondly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich82GS750TZ View Post
    The kid on the lower right in the photo is my now 20 yr. old Eagle Scout. And it was definitely a trip we will all remember fondly.
    Scouts has taken a lot of abuse from lawyers and media lately, but I hold fond memories of myself as a cub and for ten years as a leader.

    When I was a cub I went with my pack by bus to the air force base, got to see planes in the hangar, visit the control tower, and while we were in the tower they did a very low level fly-by for us!
    WOW!
    I will never forget it.
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