Maybe as a hotel and museum ship in either New York City or Newport News.
All it would take is money, between $700,000,000 and $1,000,000,000 at last estimate.
Also, since asbestos has been removed, the SS United States would be easier and cheaper to convert and restore than it if it's interiors were intact.
Fair point. Since the interior is already stripped, it would be somewhat easier to make the structural changes required by code in order to use the ship as a hotel and/or museum.
The SS United States is also in good condition
Whoa, whoa, WHOA, wait just a minute there! Just because the SS United States
hasn't developed a significant list or had above-deck structures like smokestacks start to collapse in on themselves should in no way be taken to mean she is "in good condition". She was stripped of her fittings in 1994 and towed to where she is now in 1996, so that is 23 years of neglect to contend with, and that amount of time without maintenance will take a heavy toll on any ship but especially a large one with numerous points of entry for both water and wildlife. As an example that is common in abandoned buildings, how many six foot tall or taller piles of pigeon poop are there on board underneath places where pigeons have been roosting undisturbed for the last 23 years? That the SS United States
hasn't sunk yet on it's own is a fine testament to the quality of it's original construction, but by no stretch of the imagination is she "in good condition".
and was not structurally changed like the Queen Mary when that ship was converted in Long Beach.
Meaning that the SS United States
would definitely have to have structural changes before she could be converted to a hotel/museum.