Over the weekend, while driving down to Philadelphia's airport on Interstate 95, I saw the beautiful red-white-blue funnels and exquisite lines of one of the most elegant ocean liners of all-time named the United States. Unfortunately, she is just a shell of her former self and is rotting away at her dock near the Philadelphia Naval Yard. All plans to do something with this great liner have fallen through and it looks like she may not be around much longer. This amazing ship was once the pride of the American fleet in the 1950-1960's and still holds the record for the fastest transatlantic crossing of 3 days and 10 hours (35.59 knots average speed). Emblematic of this honor, she is the holder of the Blue Riband and awarded the Hales Trophy. This beautiful trophy resides at the United States Merchant Marine Academy's Museum at King's Point, Long Island, NY and the curator of the museum is the famous ship historian and writer, Frank Braynard. I would love to see this beautiful, historic vessel be refit and returned to active service; plying the Atlantic. Unfortunately, it appears that the fate of the United States is the scrap yard, where many a great liner's fate has been determined. From my perspective, if she can't be saved to return to service, then she should be towed out to sea and scuttled as part of New Jersey's artificial reef program. In that manner, many divers and fishermen can enjoy this once-proud vessel again; albeit quite different from its original purpose. I would rather have this ship become a new home to our thriving marine life along the Jersey shore than suffer the indignation of the scrap heap. What are your thoughts?