PHILADELPHIA — A group trying to save a historic cruise ship moored in Philadelphia has received $120,000 to preserve its last massive propeller.
The SS United States Conservancy announced the gift Tuesday from cruise industry executive Jim Pollin.
The group had planned to sell the 60,000-pound propeller for scrap if it couldn't find a buyer. Four other propellers from the ship are displayed in museums in New York and Virginia.
The organization hopes to repurpose the SS United States as a museum and mixed-use destination, but says time is running out.
Pollin also pledged to match $100,000 in additional contributions to help preserve what was once the world's fastest ocean liner.