American President Lines

The Last Ocean Liners

 

American President Lines The American President Lines 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.

American President Lines Beginning in 1962, President Cleveland and President Wilson 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.

The American President Lines ocean liners normally sailed 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.

American President Lines Upon retirement of the combination passenger and cargo liners President Polk and President Monroe in 1965, the President Roosevelt took over the around-the-world ocean liner service. By the late 1960s, American President Lines 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) Width: 75ft (23m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Speed: 20kn 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) Width: 75ft (23m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Speed: 20kn 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) Width: 75ft (23m) Depth: 27ft (8m) Speed: 19kn Power: 18700 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 456 First End of service: Sold 1970