The future is looking bright for this famous ocean liner, now docked in Philadelphia where it has spent the last 14 years of its decommission in 1969. The "Lady in Waiting" will avoid it demise in a Gulf Coast scrap metal yard and and reign once again as one of the most decadent Cruise Liners in History. Thanks to a $5.8 million donation by H.F. ("Gerry") Lenfest the "Big U" has a future. The Cruise Liner had her heyday in the 1950s, holding the record for the fastest commercial sea crossing of the Atlantic: 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes. during her 17 year career, the SS United States was world famous as America's Flagship Ocean Liner, a symbol of American Technological prowess and industrial might.