As soon as a US yard accepts a bid for hull and engine work, an expensive task. Foreign yards are usually cheaper in this aspect. I spoke to a rep at the yard in Phily, and they seemed not interested in the task.
I expect the Big U's hull is in very good condition. She was built to Navy standards with a welded hull. I would be surprised if her funnels are not a part of the rebuild. They are very distinctive and powerful looking. I just hope they keep the superstructure and just add on to it. I am worried they will cut it away and build anew from the hull up. My hope is that they would just renovate the current superstructure, add a deck or two, and reconfigure the stern with pools. In addition to the interior changes, of course. This plan would still leave a recognizable classic liner, with modern refinements. Brent
I have worked on Boston Harbor boats for a few years, and know if a boat or ship is out of service even for a couple years, extensive work needs to be done before its ready to reenter service. The United States is an enormous liner, and has been out of service for over 30 years- unless she is totally gutted and rebuilt, I dont see how she could be restored to service...
Gutting won't be much of a problem as it's already been done. I've seen any number of photos of empty spaces with just about everything in sight removed. This included the bridge where all the furnishings and equipment have been removed so all that remains are bare steel and foundations. The problem with being laid up as she was is that the United States ended up becoming a giant bin of spare parts and equipment for anybody who needed it.