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American President Lines The American President express service to the Far East was operated primarily by the two class President Cleveland and President Wilson. They were shining symbols of post war American technology, design and style. Their 1940s moderne First class public rooms and pool occupied the entire Promenade deck, while Economy class had a lounge, veranda and pool aft on the lower decks.

The twin ocean liners were particularly popular with tourists, government and military personnel and migrants enroute from Asia to the USA.

Beginning in 1962 they were assisted by the all First class President Roosevelt, whose spacious layout included many single cabins and a private bath in every stateroom. All three ships were fitted with full air-conditioning and stabilizers.

American President Lines These ocean liners normally were routed from San Francisco to Honolulu (5 days), Yokohama (14 days), Hong Kong (18 days) and Manila (20 days), with the return voyage sailing via the same ports plus Kobe. The round trip was 42 days. The slower, somewhat smaller President Hoover, added to the fleet in 1957, was sometimes scheduled to bypass Honolulu which saved her three days steaming time.

American President Lines also offered around-the-world passenger and cargo service on the combination sister ships, President Polk and President Monroe. The complete voyage could be taken westbound from New York or San Francisco, and included the Panama Canal, Hawaii, the Orient, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean, and returning home via the Atlantic. American President Lines Accommodations were modern, comfortable and simple, and included a lounge with bar, library, an outdoor pool and dining salon.

By the late 1960s, APL had begun to experiment with more creative itineraries to Asia and cruising in the Pacific including Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

"After a few days of sun and sea air - enjoyed in a deck chair, in the swimming pool and on the deck courts - you'll find yourself without a care or tension in the world. This is the best part of life aboard a President liner - the wonderful lift you get from your days at sea. Then, almost too soon, a new incense flavors the air. The exciting sweep of a foreign land looms upon the horizon."

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President Cleveland - 1947 - American President Lines
President Cleveland American President Lines
Built: 1947 by Bethlehem SB, Alameda CA, USA
Gross tons: 18962 Length: 609ft (186m) Speed: 20kn
Width: 75ft (23m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Power: 20000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbo electric twin screw
Passengers: 324 First 454 Economy
End of service: Sold 1973
 

President Wilson - 1948 - American President Lines
President Wilson American President Lines
Built: 1948 by Bethlehem SB, Alameda CA, USA
Gross tons: 18962 Length: 609ft (186m) Speed: 20kn
Width: 75ft (23m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Power: 20000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbo electric twin screw
Passengers: 324 First 454 Economy
End of service: Sold 1973
 

President Roosevelt - 1944 - American President Lines
President Roosevelt American President Lines
Built: 1944 by Federal SB & DD, Kearny NJ, USA
Gross tons: 18920 Length: 622ft (190m) Speed: 19kn
Width: 75ft (23m) Depth: 27ft (8m) Power: 18700 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 456 First
End of service: Sold 1970
 

President Hoover - 1939 - American President Lines
President Hoover American President Lines
Built: 1939 by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy MA, USA
Gross tons: 10603 Length: 493ft (150m) Speed: 17kn
Width: 64ft (20m) Depth: 26ft (8m) Power: 9150 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 204 First
End of service: Sold 1964
 

President Polk - 1940 - American President Lines
President Polk American President Lines
Built: 1940 by Newport News SB & DD, VA, USA
Gross tons: 9260 Length: 492ft (150m) Speed: 16.5kn
Width: 70ft (21m) Depth: 27ft (8m) Power: 8500 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines single screw
Passengers: 96 First
End of service: Sold 1965
 

President Monroe - 1940 - American President Lines
President Monroe American President Lines
Built: 1940 by Newport News SB & DD, VA, USA
Gross tons: 9260 Length: 492ft (150m) Speed: 16.5kn
Width: 70ft (21m) Depth: 27ft (8m) Power: 8500 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines single screw
Passengers: 96 First
End of service: Sold 1965