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A passenger liner the size of the Chrysler Building could permanently moor itself on the West Side. The 1952-built SS United States, which still holds the record for the fastest trans-Atlantic crossing, is currently docked in Philadelphia, but its caretaker can't come up with $50,000 a month to keep it afloat. Apparently, saving the historic vessel is a cause around which nautical types rally (woo?!), so 100 people gathered in Herald Square this morning to draw attention to the ship's financial woes and woo investors. One idea: dock the mammoth thing in the Hudson River, and fix it up for folks to take paid tours a la the Intrepid. [Crain's; official]