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The Fleets

American President Line

In 1938 the U.S. Government took over the management of the Dollar Steamship Co. which was in financial difficulties and transferred their assets to the newly formed American President Line. The company operated trans-Pacific and round-the-world services, but the war in Europe disrupted services and after the entry of the United States into the war, all the company's ships were taken over for war duties. After the war, only two ships were returned to the round-the-world service and two new ships were built 1947-48 for the trans-Pacific route. Further ships were later added to the fleet, but by 1972 only the PRESIDENT CLEVELAND (2) and PRESIDENT WILSON (2) were sailing as passenger ships and both were withdrawn from service the following year. The company still trades as a cargo company.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes: - 1938-1973 Trans-Pacific and Round-the-World passenger services.

Funnel:
pre- WW2:  Black with broad red band containing spread eagle log; four stars.
post-WW2: Blue with broad red band containing spread eagle logo; four stars.
from 1996 - Blue with broad red band containing spread eagle logo; minus stars.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
President Adams (1) 1921 ex- Centennial State, 1922 renamed President Adams, 1923 purchased by Dollar Line, 1938 transferred to APL, 1940 renamed President Grant (2), 1944 wrecked New Guinea. 10,496
President Adams (2) 1941 1941 acquired by US Navy renamed USS President Adams, 1945 laid up in reserve fleet, 1973 scrapped. 9,260
President Adams (3) 1952 1952 acquired by US Navy renamed USS Geiger, later laid up in reserve fleet, 1980 loaned to Massachusetts Maritime Academy renamed Bay State. 14,000
President Adams (4) 1953 ex- Palmetto Mariner, 1956 purchased renamed President Adams, 1974 scrapped. 9,277
President Adams (5) 1968 ex- Alaskan Mail, 1978 purchased from American Mail Line renamed President Adams, 1984 still in service. 15,949
President Arthur (1) 1945 ex- Dartmouth Victory, 1951 purchased renamed President Arthur, 1959 reverted to Dartmouth Victory, 1959 to American Mail Line renamed Alaska Mail. 7,643
President Arthur (2) 1952 ex- Lone State Mariner, 1959 purchased renamed President Arthur, 1974 sold to American Export Line renamed Export Democracy. 9,171
President Buchanan (1)   see President Monroe (1)  
President Buchanan (2) 1945 ex- Skidmore Victory, 1948 purchased renamed President Buchanan, 1958 returned to Maritime Administration reverted to Skidmore Victory. 7,652
President Buchanan (3) 1952 ex- Hoosier Mariner, 1959 purchased renamed President Buchanan, 1974 sold to Waterman SS Co. renamed Carter Braxton. 9,171
President Cleveland (1) 1921 ex- Golden State, 1922 renamed President Cleveland, 1925 purchased by Dollar Line, 1938 transferred to APL, 1941 sold to US Navy renamed USS Tasker H. Bliss, 1942 sunk during invasion of North Africa. 14,124
President Cleveland (2) 1947 1973 sold to C. Y. Tung renamed Oriental President. 15,437
President Cleveland (3) 1969 ex- American Mail, 1978 acquired from American Mail Line renamed President Cleveland, 1984 still in service. 15,949
President Coolidge (1) 1931 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1942 mined and sunk off Espiritu Santo. 21,936
President Coolidge (2) 1954 ex- Cracker State Mariner, 1956 acquired renamed President Coolidge, 1974 sold to American Export Line renamed Export Defender. 9,271
President Eisenhower (1) 1962 ex- Philippine Mail, 1975 acquired from American Mail Line renamed President Eisenhower, 1983 sold to Delta Line renamed Santa Paula. 12,436
President Eisenhower (2) 1980 ex- Neptune Jade, 1984 purchased from Neptune Orient Line, Singapore renamed President Eisenhower, 1984 still in service. 35,553
President F.D. Roosevelt 1980 ex- Neptune Garnet, 1984 purchased from Neptune Orient Line, Singapore renamed President F.D. Roosevelt, 1984 still in service. 35,553
President Fillmore (1) 1904 ex- Mongolia, 1930 renamed President Fillmore, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1940 sold to Panama renamed Panamanian. 15,455
President Fillmore (2)   see President van Buren (1)  
President Fillmore (3) 1944 ex- Rutland Victory, 1948 acquired renamed President Fillmore, 1962 sold to Explorer Ships Inc., renamed Smith Victory. 7,646
President Fillmore (4)   see President Harrison (2)  
President Fillmore (5) 1968 1972 rebuilt to 17,801 tons, 1984 still in service. 14,000
President Garfield (1) 1921 ex- Blue Hen State, 1922 renamed President Garfield, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1940 renamed President Madison, 1942 to US Navy renamed USS Kenmore, then USS Refuge. 10,496
President Garfield (2) 1941 1941 to US Navy renamed USS Thomas Jefferson. 9,260
President Garfield (3) 1945 ex- Willamette Victory, 1951 renamed President Garfield, 1958 transferred to US Maritime Administration reverted to Willamette Victory. 7,659
President Garfield (4) 1952 ex- Magnolia Mariner, 1959 purchased renamed President Garfield, 1974 sold to Waterman SS Co. renamed Samuel Chase. 9,177
President Grant (1) 1921 ex- Pine Tree State, 1922 renamed President Grant, 1940 to US Navy renamed USS Harris, 1946 reverted to President Grant and laid up, 1948 scrapped. 14,124
President Grant (2)   see President Adams (1)  
President Grant (3) 1945 ex- Sea Beaver, 1945 renamed President Grant, 1967 renamed President Hoover (3), 1972 sold to Excelsior Marine Corp., renamed Hoover. 7,924
President Grant (4) 1967 1972 rebuilt to 17,801 tons, 1976 wrecked Taiwan. 14,000
President Grant (5) 1971 ex- Golden Bear, 1979 purchased from Pacific Far East Lines renamed President Grant, 1984 still in service. 26,989
President Harding (1) 1945 ex- Jackson Victory, 1948 purchased renamed President Harding, 1962 sold to Explorer Ships Inc. renamed Smith Explorer. 7,638
President Harding (2) 1944 ex- Gulf Shipper, 1964 purchased from Gulf & South American SS Co. renamed President Harding, 1966 sold to Pacific Far East Lines renamed American Bear. 8,189
President Harding (3)   see President van Buren (3)  
President Harding (4)   see President Taft (2)  
President Harrison (1) 1921 ex- Wolverine State, 1922 renamed President Harrison, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1941 captured by Japanese off Yangtze River renamed Kakko Maru, then Kachidoki Maru, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by USS Pampanito. 10,496
President Harrison (2) 1942 ex- USS Callaway, 1949 acquired from US Navy renamed President Harrison, 1966 renamed President Fillmore (4), 1968 sold to Waterman SS Co. renamed Hurricane. 7,995
President Harrison (3) 1966 1973 rebuilt to 16,819 tons, 1979 to US Maritime Administration but chartered back until 1981. 10,412
President Hayes (1) 1920 ex- Creole State, 1922 renamed President Hayes, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1940 renamed President Tyler (1), 1941 to US Army renamed Howard McCurdy, 1946 to US Maritime Administration reverted to President Hayes and laid up, 1957 scrapped. 10,533
President Hayes (2) 1941 1941 to US Navy renamed USS President Hayes, 1953 laid up in reserve fleet. 9,255
President Hayes (3) 1951 1951 taken over by US Navy renamed USS Upshur, 1973 loaned to Maine Maritime Academy renamed State of Maine. 14,000
President Hayes (4) 1952 ex- Old Dominion Mariner, 1955 acquired renamed President Hayes, 1974 sold to American Export Lines renamed Export Diplomat. 9,277
President Hoover (1) 1930 1937 wrecked off Formosa while still owned by Dollar Line. 21,936
President Hoover (2) 1939 ex- Panama, 1957 purchased from Panama Canal Co. renamed President Hoover, 1964 sold to Chandris, Greece renamed Regina. 10,021
President Hoover (3)   see President Grant (3)  
President Hoover (4) 1971 ex- Thomas E. Cuffe, 1979 purchased from Pacific Far East Lines renamed President Hoover, 1984 still in service. 26,989
President Jackson (1) 1921 ex- Silver State, 1922 renamed President Jackson, 1940 became USS Zeilin for US Navy, 1946 reverted to President Jackson, 1948 scrapped. 14,124
President Jackson (2) 1940 1941 to US Navy renamed USS President Jackson, 1958 laid up in reserve fleet, 1973 scrapped. 9,255
President Jackson (3) 1952 1952 to US Navy renamed USS Barrett, 1973 loaned to New York State Maritime Academy renamed Empire State. 14,000
President Jackson (4) 1953 ex- Volunteer Mariner, 1955 purchased renamed President Jackson, 1974 sold to Waterman SS Co. renamed Joseph Hewes. 9,277
President Jackson (5) 1968 ex- Indian Mail, 1978 purchased from American Mail Line renamed President Jackson, 1984 still in service. 15,949
President Jefferson (1) 1921 ex- Wenatchee, 1922 renamed President Jefferson, 1941 to US Navy renamed USS President Jefferson, 1946 reverted to President Jefferson, 1948 scrapped. 14,124
President Jefferson (2) 1946 ex- Sea Oriole, 1946 purchased renamed President Jefferson, 1970 sold to Ferndale Shipping Co. renamed Ferndale and scrapped. 7,924
President Jefferson (3) 1973 1984 still in service. 21,475
President Johnson (1) 1904 ex- Manchuria, 1930 renamed President Johnson, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1947 sold to Portugal renamed Santa Cruz. 15,445
President Johnson (2) 1943 ex- USS Clay, 1949 purchased from US Navy renamed President Johnson, 1968 sold to Waterman SS Co. renamed La Salle. 7,995
President Johnson (3)   see President McKinley (2)  
President Johnson (4)   see President McKinley (3)  
President Johnson (5) 1974 1984 still in service. 21,475
President Kennedy 1964 ex- Oregon Mail, 1973 transferred from American Mail Line, 1975 renamed President Kennedy. 12,440
President Lincoln (1) 1921 ex- Hoosier State, 1922 renamed President Lincoln, 1938 transferred from Dollar SS Co., 1940 sold to Ybarra y Cia, Spain renamed Maria del Carmen. 14,124
President Lincoln (2) 1961 1979 traded to Maritime Administration renamed Lincoln. 13,223
President Lincoln (3) 1982 1984 still in service. 40,628
President Madison (1) 1921 ex- Bay State, 1922 renamed President Madison, 1939 sold to Philippines renamed President Quezon. 14,124
President Madison (2)   see President Garfield (1)  
President Madison (3) 1946 ex- Sea Starling, 1946 purchased renamed President Madison, 1972 sold to Vintage Steamship Co. renamed Madison and scrapped. 7,924
President Madison (4) 1973 1984 still in service. 21,475
President McKinley (1) 1921 ex- Keystone State, 1922 renamed President McKinley, 1940 to US Navy renamed USS J. Franklin Bell, 1947 to US Maritime Administration renamed President McKinley and laid up, 1948 scrapped. 14,124
President McKinley (2) 1946 ex- Sea Phoebe, 1946 purchased renamed President McKinley, 1968 renamed President Johnson (3), 1969 sold to Pinedale Shipping Co. renamed Pinedale and 1970 scrapped. 7,924
President McKinley (3) 1968 built as President Johnson (4) but completed as President McKinley, 1972 rebuilt to 17,801 tons, 1984 still in service. 14,000
President Monroe (1) 1920 ex- Panhandle State, 1922 renamed President Monroe, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1940 renamed President Buchanan (1), 1944 converted to hospital ship renamed Emily H. M. Weder, 1946 became US Army Transport President Buchanan, 1947 laid up, 1956 scrapped. 10,533
President Monroe (2) 1940 1943 to US Navy renamed USS President Monroe, 1946 reverted to President Monroe, 1965 sold to Greece renamed Marianna V. 9,255
President Monroe (3) 1966 1972 rebuilt to 16,819 tons, 1979 traded to U.S.Maritime Administration but chartered back until 1982. 1985 converted to crane ship and renamed Gem State. 10,412
President Monroe (4) 1983 1984 still in service. 40,628
President Pierce (1) 1921 ex- Hawkeye State, 1922 renamed President Pierce, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1941 became US Army Transport Hugh L. Scott, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine off North Africa. 14,124
President Pierce (2) 1945 ex- Sea Jumper, 1945 purchased renamed President Pierce, 1972 sold to Amber Jack Marine Corp., renamed Pierce and scrapped. 7,924
President Pierce (3) 1973 1984 still in service. 21,475
President Polk (1) 1921 ex- Granite State, 1922 renamed President Polk, 1940 renamed President Taylor (1), 1942 grounded on Canton Island and subsequently destroyed by Japanese aircraft. 10,496
President Polk (2) 1941 1943 to US Navy renamed USS President Polk, 1946 reverted to President Polk, 1965 sold to Liberia, renamed Gaucho Martin Fierro. 9,256
President Polk (3) 1965 1972 rebuilt to 16,819 tons, 1982 traded to US Maritime Administration, chartered back until 1982. 10,412
President Roosevelt (1) 1944 built as troop transport General W. P. Richardson, 1949 renamed La Guardia, 1956 renamed Leilani, 1960 purchased from US Maritime Administration renamed President Roosevelt, 1970 sold to Chandris Line, Greece renamed Atlantis. 18,298
President Roosevelt (2) 1961 ex- Washington Mail, 1975 purchased from American Mail Line renamed President Roosevelt, 1983 sold to Delta Lines renamed Santa Rosa. 16,518
President Taft (1) 1921 ex- Buckeye State, 1922 renamed President Taft, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1941 became US Army Transport Willard A. Holbrook, 1957 scrapped. 14,124
President Taft (2) 1945 ex- Sea Thrush, 1945 purchased renamed President Taft, 1968 renamed President Harding (4), 1973 sold to Bonito Maritime Corp., renamed Harding and scrapped. 7,924
President Taft (3) 1967 1972 rebuilt to 17,803 tons, 1984 still in service. 14,000
President Taylor (1)   see President Polk (1)  
President Taylor (2) 1954 ex- Hawkeye Mariner, 1957 purchased renamed President Taylor, 1974 sold to Farrell Lines renamed Austral Pilgrim. 9,171
President Taylor (3) 1968 ex- Korean Mail, 1978 purchased from American Mail Line renamed President Taylor, 1984 still in service. 15,949
President Truman 1962 ex- Japan Mail, 1975 purchased from American Mail Line renamed President Truman, 1984 still in service. 16,518
President Tyler (1)   see President Hayes (1)  
President Tyler (2) 1944 ex- Iraq Victory, 1948 purchased renamed President Tyler, 1958 traded to US Maritime Administration but chartered back until 1960. 1960 reverted to Iraq Victory. 7,637
President Tyler (3) 1961 1979 traded in to US Maritime Administration renamed Tyler, laid up in reserve fleet. 13,223
President Tyler (4) 1972 ex- Japan Bear, 1979 purchased from Pacific Far East Lines renamed President Tyler, 1984 still in service. 26,456
President van Buren (1) 1920 ex- Old North State, 1922 renamed President van Buren, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1940 renamed President Fillmore (2), 1944 converted to Hospital Ship renamed Marigold, 1946 reverted to President Fillmore, 1948 scrapped. 10,533
President van Buren (2) 1941 1941 to US Navy renamed USS Thomas R. Stone, 1942 damaged by torpedo in North Africa landings, 1944 salvaged and 1945 destroyed by US Government. 9,260
President van Buren (3) 1943 ex- USS Bolivar, 1949 purchased renamed President van Buren, 1967 renamed President Harding (3) 1968 sold to Pacific Far East Lines renamed Thailand Bear. 7,995
President van Buren (4) 1967 1972 rebuilt to 17,803 tons, 1984 still in service. 14,000
President Washington 1982 1984 still in service. 40,628
President Wilson (1) 1921 ex- Empire State, 1922 renamed President Wilson, 1938 transferred from Dollar Line, 1940 sold to Ybarra y Cia, Spain renamed Maria Pipa. 14,124
President Wilson (2) 1948 1973 sold to C. Y. Tung renamed Oriental Empress (Panamanian flag) 15,437
President Wilson (3) 1969 ex- Hong Kong Mail, 1978 purchased from American Mail Line renamed President Wilson, 1984 still in service. 15,949

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