During the Cold War its top speed was a state secret, now the S.S. United States, which has not run on its own in a decade has been saved from the scrapyard, at least for now.

"For now, at least, the next port of call for the S.S. United States — the fastest oceanliner ever built — will not be the scrapyard, thanks to an outpouring of donations from ship lovers around the world.

"Last month the preservationists who own the vessel faced a nightmare: Short of cash, they had been forced to seek bids from scrappers. Complicating matters, it was not even certain that the scrappers would be enthusiastic, given the decline in global commodities prices."--Jesse Pesta, The New York Times