SS President Cleveland (1947)

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Name: SS President Cleveland
Namesake: Grover Cleveland
Operator: American President Lines
Route: Trans-Pacific
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co, Alameda, California
Yard number: 9509
Laid down: 28 August 1944
Launched: 23 June 1946
Completed: 1947
Identification: Official number: 254296
Fate: scrapped 1974
General characteristics [1]
  • 15,359  GT
  • 10,431  DWT
Displacement: 23,504 long tons (23,881  t)
  • 609 ft 6 in (185.78 m) o/a
  • 573 ft (175 m) p/p
Beam: 75 ft 6 in (23.01 m)
Draft: 30 ft 2 in (9.19 m)
Installed power: 20,000 hp (14,914 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
  • 579 passengers (379 first class, 200 economy class)
  • 193,984 cubic feet (5,493 m3) cargo
Notes: sister ship: SS President Wilson

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