PHILADELPHIA – Former CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite is trying to help preserve a historic cruise ship that is rusting away on Philadelphia's waterfront.
The SS United States is the largest and fastest ocean liner ever built in the U.S. She hasn't sailed since 1969 and is now tied up at a Philadelphia pier.
A group called the SS United States Conservancy is trying to preserve the 990-foot ship. Cronkite is the new honorary chairman of the conservancy's advisory council.
Cronkite has said repairing the ship would be a "restoration of American pride."
Norwegian Cruise Lines purchased the ship several years ago and planned to return it to service. But the company put it up for sale in January.
The ship set a trans-Atlantic speed record on its maiden voyage in 1952.