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SS President Cleveland (1947)
Career (USA)
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]
Tonnage: 15,359 
10,431 DWT
Displacement: 23,504 long tons (23,881 t)
Length: 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)
Propulsion: turbo-electric transmission;
twin screw
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Capacity: 579 passengers (379 first class, 200 economy class)
193,984 cubic feet (5,493 m3) cargo
Notes: sister ship: SS President Wilson

SS President Cleveland was an American passenger ship originally ordered by the Maritime Commission during World War II, as one of the Admiral-class Type P2-SE2-R1 transport ships, and intended to be named USS Admiral D. W. Taylor (AP-128).[1] The ship was laid down on 28 August 1944 at the Bethlehem Steel shipyard in Alameda, California, but was cancelled on 16 December 1944.[2]

Redesigned for passenger service long before, she was launched on 23 June 1946 as President Cleveland,[3] completed in 1947, and bareboat chartered to American President Lines.[4]

She was sold to Oceanic Cruise Development, Inc. (C.Y. Tung Group) on 9 February 1973, and renamed Oriental President. The ship was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1974.[1]

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