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For me personally the S.S. America
story is quite unique, as this truly great ship was designed the
one of the great in naval/maritime design William Francis Gibbs
of Gibbs & Cox of
I am in such awe of the late great William F. Gibbs that I have and image of his bust proudly hanging in my gallery, and we should also remember that he was also the designer of the greatest of all American liners the S.S. United States, a ships that remains with us to this very day, and ssMaritime, together with Save the Classic Liner Campaign fully supports the great effort that is being undertaken by the S.S. United States Conservancy, which has for interest a very interesting person on the board, Susan Gibbs, the granddaughter of William Francis Gibbs! Please visit www.savetheclassicliners.com.
Therefore this page covers the S.S. America from her very conception in the mid 1930s to her sale to Chandris Lines in 1964. Thus you will the relevant are links located at the bottom of this page covering her later incarnation. In addition you will also find a Photo Page showing so much more of her interiors, and another Page with a complete Deck Plan of the S.S. America as built, revealing the ship with her original Cabin Class, Tourist and Third Class! In addition you will discover that you are able to click on each deck in order to enlarge it (opens on a separate page) providing a greatly improved view. Thus, I believe that is feature will have much for all classic ship lovers, but especially those who love and admire this amazingly great Liner, the S.S. America!
Maritime Historian, Author & Lecturer & Cruise'n'Ship Reviewer.
Working for almost 55 years in the Passenger Shipping Industry.
Here we see a delightful company photograph of the S.S. America looking so beautiful and graceful!
Photographs: Many of the images on this page are from the authors private collection, having obtained them when he managed the GSA of Chandris Lines, who operated the ex S.S. America, then the S.S. Australis. These photographs came from the agencies files and have been retained to this day! Those that are from other sources will as shown.
page will cover S.S. Americas glory years for she was
indeed the Grand Forerunner to the mighty S.S.
United States, yet the
An image of the bust of William Francis Gibb
actual bust is located at the
The United States Lines together with the Shipping Board of America commenced negotiating in 1933 for the building of a new Liner to replace the S.S. Leviathan. Then on March 19, 1934 the United States Lines and the Shipping Board signed a contract promising to start construction within the next 6 months of a new ship, although the ship remained unnamed. A month later it was announced that the famed William Francis Gibb of, Gibbs and Cox Naval Architects had been given the job of designing a new ship, that would be the grand design for another, but the ultimate American liner, thus this as yet unnamed ship would ultimately be dubbed as the Grand Forerunner of the S.S. United States!
We need to understand that the S.S. Leviathan has been laid up from 1933 to 1937, as she had been losing huge amounts on the Atlantic service. With this in mind, the agreement was stalled several times, but thankfully it was finally set in concrete, so to say, on March 18, 1935. On March 20, United States Lines President, Mr. Basil Harris stated that the company proceed quickly with the Gibbs & Cox plans for a $12 million, 50,000 gross ton, 24 knot super cabin liner.
However, nothing more was heard until the
announcement by the Shipping Board on September 14, 1935 who
finally instructed the United States Lines to order the ship by
December 16, or face a $1 million penalty. You may ask why, the
sudden hurry? The Shipping Board was well aware what was
Tenders were officially sought on October 10,
however on November 12 there was just one applicant, being
Newport News Ship building & Dry Dock Company, and at a huge
bid of US$15,890,000. Obviously, considerable negotiations would
go on with
At the yard, up to 5,000 tons of steel was arriving as her building officially began on June 19, 1938, but her keel was to be laid in late August, with the launching set for July 15, 1939, and delivery for February 20, 1940.
The new ship was designated number
569 and her keel was laid at 11:00 AM on August 22, 1938.
The Maritime Commission Chairman, Rear Admiral Emory S. Land, was
the man to drive the first rivet in, and for this, he received a
shipyard official pay check for six cents! This event
was attended by the United States Lines Vice President, Mr. A.J.
McCarthy, and Newport News President, Mr. Homer l
Although it was on December 4, 1938, the
companys President, Mr. John Franklin, officially stated
that their new Liner would be named
A wonderful view her stern, rudder and her two - four bladed propellers
A great view of her bow during her building at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock
With the S.S. America having been completed
ready to head for her refitting berth, she was made ready for her
official launching, which would take place on August 31 1939.
Having been designed and built to weather any kind of North
Atlantic conditions the company was looking forward to see their
new liner head across to Southampton, but her entry into that
market would be slightly delayed for the day after she was
launched, Hitler invaded
A delightful impression the S.S. America seen at her joyful launching
But, the launching would go ahead, and it would
be a major event! Significantly, her gala launching on August 31,
1939 and official Christening ay the hand of First
Lady Mrs. Franklin D Roosevelt that was witnessed by more than
30,000 people, was of course overshadowed because what would
happen the very next day. However, the
She is seen here during her fitting out process and her forward funnel has just been placed onboard
But note the height, as it is rather low, more re this after her official navy the measured mile trails!
S.S. America finally completed departed form
the yard at 0400 on June 4, 1940 under the command of Captain
Joseph Kemp, onboard there was some 500 yard workers for her
official trials of
Next would be the standard Navy trials for the
measured mile course off
we see the S.S. America at her fit-out berth on March 11, 1940
But note her original rather low San Pan funnels, which had to be heightened by a good 4.5m
Here we see a delightful label featuring her forward San Pan funnel
completed S.S. America arrives on July 2 in
The S.S. America was officially delivered to
the United States Lines in
However, prior to her official maiden voyage, she did operate two special ten hour voyages to nowhere. On August 5, she sailed at 10.00 AM with some 1,300 travel agents on board, whilst the next day she sailed on another voyage with 1,500 freight agents.
Then on August 10, 1940, the beautiful S.S.
America finally departed on her maiden voyage, being a cruise of
course to the
Great excitement before the new liner sets sail on her Maiden Voyage
America is seen departing on her maiden cruise to the
S.S. America returned on the 22nd August after
her cruise to
In an amusing way, the
The S.S. America certainly had a strikingly
handsome appearance, and looked a well balanced ship, with her
black hull, red boot topping with a fine white line separating it
with the black hull, and the gleaming white superstructure. Thus,
she presented a sleek and certainly dramatic appearance as her
tall prow was severely flared with that slight
clipper rake, and her nicely designed superstructure
of four decks above the main deck level, topped with a
beautifully curved bridge as well as her long glass enclosed
promenade decks. Then topping her beautifully-proportioned
superstructure were those two now taller oval shaped funnels,
fitted with San-Pan tops. Although, the forward
funnel, was in reality a dummy funnel which was the
norm to create that well-balanced profile, but it did house an
emergency generator. The *San Pan funnels were
also fitted later to her new and larger sister ship, the S.S.
The S.S. America certainly had a strikingly handsome appearance, and looked a well balanced ship, with her black hull, red boot topping with a fine white line separating it with the black hull, and the gleaming white superstructure. Thus, she presented a sleek and certainly dramatic appearance as her tall prow was severely flared with that slight clipper rake, and her nicely designed superstructure of four decks above the main deck level, topped with a beautifully curved bridge as well as her long glass enclosed promenade decks. Then topping her beautifully-proportioned superstructure were those two now taller oval shaped funnels, fitted with San-Pan tops. Although, the forward funnel, was in reality a dummy funnel which was the norm to create that well-balanced profile, but it did house an emergency generator. The *San Pan funnels were also fitted later to her new and larger sister ship, the S.S. United States.
*San Pan funnels became very much a future trademark of United States Lines, and became a big feature on the S.S. United States and other of the companys ships.
Here we see a 1952 German poster, but it does shows off the San Pan funnels rather well!
S.S. America was in many ways a very unusual
liner, the reason being that she was the very first American
liner to have her interiors designed by women, who did away with
those old and crusty very traditional heavy and that overwrought
décor in favour of a far more friendly and modern, thus a more
sophisticated design. The
Thus, knowing the details as per above, which is not generally know, it becomes understandable that the S.S. Americas interiors was the ultimate in contemporary American design and décor, all thanks to her interiors designers Smyth, Urquart & Marckwald of New York, who decided to utilise items such as aluminium, stainless steel, ceramics and synthetic fibres as I already mentioned in part above.
Of particular interest was the circular First Class Smoking Room with a huge mural surrounded the aft entrance door, and the huge beautifully designed two deck high Main Lounge with the gallery above on two sides. Again the magnificent brass and glass forward doors was surrounded by a suberb huge mural that reached right up to the ceiling, then aft was a spacious stage for the orchestra and the screen, as this lounge was also used as the Cinema. The Ballroom of the S.S. America will not be easily forgotten by anyone who ever spent an evening in this particular Cabin/First Class venue, for it was without a doubt one of the most beautiful and stunning lounges ever conceived on any ship on the seven seas, it had than nightclub feel, yet this gold and red venue was sublimely elegant! Below on C Deck, there was the beautifully mosaic tiled indoor Swimming Pool. Cabin, later Tourist Class also had an superb range of elegant Lounges and these like those forward in Cabin/First Class were as superbly decorated and had that special womans toutch, as the images below will prove!
Images of her Interiors
The Cabin, later the First Class, Main Lounge and her beautiful brass doors surrounded with a grand mural to say the least!
Colourised by the author
Above Left: Another look at the forward doors and mural of the Cabin/First Class Lounge
Above Right: A delightful lounge with style and glamour, yet in Tourist, later Cabin Class Lounge
The wonderful rich golds and red of the Cabin/First Class Ballroom!
Please Note:There is a separate page with photographs of her interiors, decks and accommodations!
S.S. Americas machinery had a weight of some 2,514 tons and consisted of two sets of Parsons geared steam turbines producing 34,000 SHP driving twin, four bladed screws. And this has brought me to her specifications, which I will now cover, but I will do this in far more detail than I do normally as you will see!
S.S. America - 1939 to 1941.
Names: S.S. America - 1939 to 1941.
S.S. America - 1946 to 1964.
Later names: S.S. Australis - 1964 to 1978 Chandris Lines.
S.S. Italis - 1978 to 1980 Chandris Group.
S.S. Noga - 1980 to 1984 Intercommerce Corp.
S.S. Alferdoss - 1984 to 1993 Silver Moon Ferries.
S.S. American Star - 1994.
William Francis Gibbs of
Interior Architects: Eggers & Higgins, NY.
Launched: August 31, 1939.
Delivered: July 2, 1940.
Maiden Voyage: August 10, 1940.
Tonnage: 26,454 Gross Registered Tons (GRT) 1940.
35,440 Full Displacement Tons.
26,314 GRT - 1946.
33,961 GRT - 1960.
Length: 220.4m - 723ft.
Breadth: 28.4m - 3.6ft.
Draught: 8.83m -28ft.
Machinery: Two Parsons steam turbines from builders.
Screws: Two four bladed screws 126 RPM 37,400 SHP at normal speed.
Speed: 22 knots service speed, maximum over 24 knots.
Fuel Consumption: Around 250 tons per day.
Bunker capacity: 4,938 tons.
Cargo Capacity: 323,644 - 1940.
270,964 - 1946.
Watertight bulkheads: 14.
Passenger Decks: 10.
Pubic Venues: 23.
Passengers: 543 Cabin Class, 418 Tourist Class, 241 Third Class - 1940.
516 First Class, 371 Cabin Class, 159 Tourist Class 1946.
516 First Class, 530, Tourist Class 1960.
Officers and Crew: 618 - 1940.
785 - 1941 to 1946 USS West Point.
646 - 1946 to 1960.
675 - 1960.
For interest: Although I have covered her names
from 1964 to her end in 1994, none of this will be covered on
this page, except for the sale details at the end of her career
with the United States Lines! However, there are links to the
associate pages that will continue the story of the lives of this
great Liner, as well as her other pages, including a Photo Page
and a comprehensive 1940 Deck Plan, with each deck having a link
For interest: Although I have covered her names from 1964 to her end in 1994, none of this will be covered on this page, except for the sale details at the end of her career with the United States Lines! However, there are links to the associate pages that will continue the story of the lives of this great Liner, as well as her other pages, including a Photo Page and a comprehensive 1940 Deck Plan, with each deck having a link for enlargements!!
World War II:
SS America receives her grey war paint on June 2, 1941, days before she is officially commissioned for war duties
S.S. America was officially acquired by the United States Navy, and she would be converted from a 1,202 passenger liner to accommodate some 5,400, and later to over 8,000 service men and women. During the war she would transport well over 300,000 troops safely all over the world, and she also sailed without escort ships to protect her. Using the ships speed and manoeuvrability, her crew outwitted hostile craft at sea.
On June 1, 1941, the U.S. Navy, due to nature
of the European conflict, requested that the S.S. America be
converted into a fully operating Troop Transport ship. Just two
weeks later, the Navy officially commissioned her as the U.S.S.
West Point and drafted her into the service of her country. On
June 21, 1941, the Secretary of the Navy announced that it was
Captain H.H. Kelley, USN, had been assigned to
Strangely enough, the U.S.S. West Point was known as the Queen of the transports operated by the Naval Transportation Service, yet some called her the monster as she has a monster of a job to do. To be very honest, no more than any of the other great liners used during the war!
Although she had been stripped of her peace time interior beauty and her lush lounge and smoking room venues had been altered to accommodate large numbers, yet she still bore her partial trappings of her pre-war beauty. It was not uncommon for member of the crew to find them-selves sleeping in deluxe suites, which were previously listed at around US$100 per night. In addition, many of the original murals remained to suggest the Wows from the soldiers sailing on this great liner during the war years.
Externally, a row of life rafts covered her Promenade Deck windows, and four-tier standee bunks were installed just about everywhere, giving her an initial capacity of 5,400 men and placements for women. The Smoking Room and Cocktail Lounge became the officers wardroom and their mess, whilst, amazingly the Library became the main toilet. The main Lounge was used as a movie theatre and other uses, whilst the magnificent Ball Room had bunks for 545 men, the Dining Room became the enlisted mens mess and the adjoining foyer was used to wash the mess kits. Two desalinization units, paravanes, two mast look-out platforms, and 1,500 tons of ballast were also added.
Refitting the AP-23 at the Norfolk Navy
Yards included the installation of the following; Four single
5/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts. Four single 3/50
cal dual purpose gun mounts, four twin 40mm AA gun mounts and
eight .50 cal machine guns. Although the
An excellent view of her war paint camouflage
Having had a brief shakedown cruise along the
Atlantic seaboard, the U.S.S. West Point began her Navy career
during the unofficial phase of the war in the
Her career almost ended during the, early
months of the Pacific War, when she and the, U.S.S. Wakefield,
being the former S.S. Manhattan, were sent to sail for Singapore
early in 1942 to aid in the evacuation of refugees from the
Malayan Peninsula. They arrived at the very height of Japanese
attacks on the beleaguered city.
Her career almost ended during the, early months of the Pacific War, when she and the, U.S.S. Wakefield, being the former S.S. Manhattan, were sent to sail for Singapore early in 1942 to aid in the evacuation of refugees from the Malayan Peninsula. They arrived at the very height of Japanese attacks on the beleaguered city.
For several days, whilst loading operations
were frantically carried on, her crews watched the enemy bombers
very carefully as they roared over the dock area on their way to
But suddenly, on the third day, as it was reported, Lady Luck deserted us. Instead of the planes heading toward the city, they flew over the harbour installations and it was just seconds before crews and those onboard began to comprehend the complete helplessness of their situation. A few minutes later the harbour and dock area were turned into a roaring and fiery inferno. With bombs bursting within just 50 yards of the U.S.S. West Points hull, WITH Shrapnel being scattered everywhere on her weather decks, whilst the U.S.S. Wakefield was set ablaze due to a direct hit. As soon as possible, Captain Kelley gave the order to sail, and escape the situation and suffer any further damage.
As a troopship the U.S.S. West Point also
In June 1943 Captain Robert A Dyer, USN, became U.S.S. West Points second commanding officer, relieving Captain Kelley.
Even after the
Here we see her stern and her three gun placements
The U.S.S. West Point also took part in the
Magic Carpet Operation. In this role, she made many
voyages transferring men and material from both theatres of
operations. Besides soldiers, U.S.S. West Point has carried
sailors amid marines and other war-time seafarers, allied forces,
Red Cross workers, United Nations officials, and USO, officials,
high, government officials, service nurses, WACs and war
brides. But also civilians caught in war zones, prisoners of war,
refugees and children. In addition, there was even a baby born
aboard whilst the ship was the
In continuous service since the outbreak of the war, the U.S.S. West Point transported more than 350,000 troops she certainly had the largest capacity of any Navy Troopship in service during World War II. On one voyage alone, being in August 1944, she carried, including ship's company, a grand total of 9,305 people. And considering she carried over 350,000 troops, being massive numbers, that is a good share of a grand total of 450,000 soldiers, sailors, and marines that were sent overseas during the entire war!
Above & Below: Two dramatic images when the U.S.S. West Point (AP-23) arrived home
The U.S.S. West Point also covered more than
436,144 miles, being equal to 16 voyages around the globe. The
ship has made as many as 24 crossings of the
The U.S.S. West Point was reassigned to the
Pacific on December 5, 1945, and she sailed departed
Having arrived in
For the most part, her wartime voyages were made without the protection of convoy warships. Her main defence was her great speed, which has never been officially released, but it was well over 25 knots! In addition, she was the amazing war-time ship that survived in astonishing circumstances, never once broke down, and she had not lost a single passenger!
From Pier 88 she proceeded to
On December 4, 1946, the now decommissioned as flagship of the United States Lines, received her final tribute from the U.S. Navy as the S.S. America became the first merchant vessel to receive a Warrant to fly the Naval Reserve Pennant. In a ceremony on the bridge of the S.S. America, Admiral Thomas Kinkaid, USN, the then Commander of the Eastern Sea Frontier, presented the flag to Commodore Harry Manning, the S.S. Americas Captain.
To restore the ship to her original role was going to be an expensive business, and sadly, in 1941 in their haste to prepare her for the navy, many of her valuable fittings had been discarded, and some of her original pieces of art as well as some precious brass works had been lost. Due to the naval alteration, her accommodation numbers were also lowered and now instead of a total of 1,202 now it would be just 1,046 maximum in her three classes, which was now designated as, First Class, Cabin Class and Tourist Class.
The S.S. America returned to
The S.S. America looks smart fully repainted and ready to become a Trans Atlantic Liner!
The photographer is unknown to the author. Please see the photo notes at the bottom of the page
Amazingly, the gleaming S.S. America and the
new British Liner the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth arrived in New York
at much the same time, for both ships had been affected by the
war and would commence their commercial duties just now. Both
ships were welcomed by a large flotilla of craft, in addition the
Navy, put on a display of escort destroyers, as well as a blimp
and had some 30 aircraft in the air welcoming the ex US.S. West
Just prior her departure on November 14, 1946,
the S.S. America was honoured by a most gracious visit by the
Presidents daughter, Margaret Truman. Then at 4.00 PM sharp the
S.S. America sailed bound for Cobh
For the S.S. America this was much more than just commencing her commercial voyage, for this voyage was the start of the fulfilment of what she was designed to do, and now finally so long after her maiden voyage she had finally become the Trans-Atlantic Liner she was meant to be!
A wonderful aerial photograph of the S.S. America
Note the Third Class Promenade Deck, located on Upper Deck, directly forward of the superstructure
Directly below, two decks down on A Deck are the Third Class Main Lounge and Smoking Room
Obviously, her first winter voyages forced all
But it need to be said that the S.S. America
was the Unites States largest Liner, as well as being the
countrys Ship of State, thus she was in many
ways a showcase for the very best in American engineering, as
well as art, craftsmanship, superior interior design and of
course the very best in fine cuisine. Being an all American
product, she featured Oregon pine decking as well as
S.S. America is seen at
All the aforementioned came together to create a truly First Class experience that would attract not just the Tourists, but also Diplomats, Royalty and the countless Hollywood stars and world famous Recording stars alike! She very soon proved to be a success, as her Cabin Class was simply the very best, whilst her Tourist Class was more like most other companys First Classes, and Third Class was indeed most comfortable with three fine Lounges and a spacious Dining Room!
S.S. America Sailing Schedule from December 1947 to December 1948
Provided by Björn Larsson www.timetableimages.com/maritime/images/list.htm#O
United States lines are famous for their excellent maintenance programs, and the S.S. America was taken back to Newport-News-Yards early in 1950 for a good hull maintenance check, thus she was placed into dry-dock and had some additional interior work undertaken.
What is so very special about this photograph? Yes we can see the SS America at the Newport-News-Yard on April 2, 1950
But there is something more! Right next to her, on her starboard side you can see the skeleton of what will be the greatest American Liner ever to be built, the S.S. United States, winner of both the East & West bound Blue Riband and holds it still!
As her over all popularity increased on October
25, 1951 her service had been extended to
America is seen berthed at the Columbus Pier at
The photographer is unknown to the author. Please see the photo notes at the bottom of the page
Her early voyages faced all that the
During her next maintenance and refit at the
Newport-News-Yards, she received in 1960, her accommodations were
altered with some upgrades done and she finally became a Two
Class Liner! She accommodated the same number of passengers, a
total of 1,046, but it would be 516 in First Class and 530 in
Tourist Class, with the ex Third Class Lounge, Smoking Room and
Dining Room being used for other purposes. Upon completion she
was registered at 33,961 GRT.
During her next maintenance and refit at the Newport-News-Yards, she received in 1960, her accommodations were altered with some upgrades done and she finally became a Two Class Liner! She accommodated the same number of passengers, a total of 1,046, but it would be 516 in First Class and 530 in Tourist Class, with the ex Third Class Lounge, Smoking Room and Dining Room being used for other purposes. Upon completion she was registered at 33,961 GRT.
An all new Two Class Liner appears for duties!
The photographer is unknown to the author. Please see the photo notes at the bottom of the page
Even though the
S.S. Americas final American days:
Sadly, after 24 years of exemplary service, her
long career under the United States flag was about to come to an
end, which was due to two factors; 1. Air travel having become
more and more popular, and 2. Thanks to the never ending labour
disputes that was destroying passenger shipping on both sides of
America berthed in
Thus, with the great and wonderful ship that
1. Naval Career:
It has been well recorded that the S.S. America served during WW2 and achieved greatness being a rare ship during that dangerous time never to have broken down, and for the most part her voyages were extremely dangerous, as she sailed without any accompanying of convoy warships, thus she did not have any protection, except her own guns onboard! It was said that her main defence was her great speed, and her official speed has never really been officially released, but we do know that it was more than what we have been told it being of around 25 knots!
The U.S.S. West point seen at full speed ahead at sea
She survived being bombed in
Considering that she as the U.S.S. West Point
she carried well over 350,000 troops, being huge numbers and that
she also covered more than 436,144 miles, being equal to 16
complete voyages around the globe. The S.S. America has a record
of greatness both in wartime, but she was also one of the finest
liners, as she offered the very best of American style and
comfort across the
2. Commercial Career:
There is no doubt that the S.S. America had a
smooth and a trouble free career that would be until September
1963, when the union commenced their strikes and industrial
action and that hit the ship very hard. Amazingly, she even came
under a racial discrimination claim from some her workers, and
for that reason, this great ship was tragically forced into
complete layup. This was a disgraceful union beat-up that forced
her into an extended five month layup, in fact until February 7,
1964, when she finally was to depart for
However as she was about to depart, Captain Fender was advised that there was some industrial action going on within the Tugs, but not related to the ship in any way, but there were no tug working at all. Thus the Captain decided that he would not be delayed one single minute and that he would to take his ship out without any assistance, as there were no tugs, even though there were strong winds blowing that day! The great S.S. America slowly moved from her pier and departed from New Yourk completely unaided and she was on her way on time!
A fine starboard view of the S.S. America
The photographer is unknown to the author. Please see the photo notes at the bottom of the page
Sadly the United States Lines was running into difficulties financially, and it would appear that plans had been made for S.S. Americas voyage on October 27, 1964 to be her very last with the company.
It would be without any ceremony whatsoever, as there had not been any public announcements, the proud S.S. America slowly and proudly left Pier 86 on October 9, 1964 having just 439 passengers aboard.
On October 9, she departed for her very last return Trans Atlantic voyage ever!
She returned to
She arrived home to
On November 4, 1964 the United States Lines
officially requested permission from the Maritime Administration
to sell the S.S. America to Okeania
Considering the company was losing as much as US$1.5 million per year, even whilst receiving US$3 million in subsidies. But keeping all things in mind, the Maritime Administration approval came the very next day, when it was announced that there was a sale for US$6.5 million, complete with the understanding she not compete with any of the U.S. flag liners from American ports for at least five years and if necessary, would be made available for war emergency use and be either under the U.S. flag, that of Greece as part of NATO!
The S.S. America
was handed over to the authors dear friend Anthony
Chandris, of Okeania
all white the ex S.S.
During her commercial service the S.S. America made some commercial 288 voyages having accommodated a remarkable 476,462 passengers. Each year she made between 15 to 18 round voyages, and personally having sailed on her a good number of times, I believe that she was the perfect ship as far as her size is concerned, and her internal beauty, sheer comfort, and her having that great speed! Also, she was a ship that never had any real problems of any kind and that made her the PERFECT LINER!
Farewell to the Wonderful S.S. America as she Heads for New Waters
But leaving us with so Many Great Memories!
This photograph was of her second maiden voyage, her very first commercial Trans-Atlantic crossing
S.S. America INDEX:
Page One S.S. America History Page.
Page Two Photo Page.
Page Three 1940 Deck Plans.
S.S. Australis INDEX:
Page Four S.S. Australis History Page from 1964 to her tragic end in 1993.
Page Five Brochure & Photo & Page One.
Page Six Brochure & Photo Page Two.
Page Seven Deck Plans.
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SS Britanis Ex Matson Lines SS Monterey, but renamed Lurline & Matsonia.
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