SS Constitution in Hawaii
|Builder:||Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA|
|Launched:||September 16, 1950|
|Maiden voyage:||June 25, 1951|
|Identification:||IMO number: 5078882|
|Fate:||Sank while under tow to shipbreakers, 1997|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Length:||208.01 m (682.45 ft)|
|Beam:||27.18 m (89.17 ft)|
|Draft:||9.20 m (30.18 ft)|
|Installed power:||2 × Bethlehem Steel Corporation steam turbines; 40456 kW|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h)|
|General characteristics (after 1959 refit)|
|General characteristics (after 1974 refit)|
|General characteristics (after 1980 refit)|
Following service on American Export's "Sunlane" cruise to Europe in the 1950s and 1960s the two ships sailed for American Hawaii Cruises for many years in the 1980s and 1990s; as U.S. ships with U.S. crews meeting the criteria of the Passenger Services Act they were able to cruise the Islands without sailing to a foreign port.
SS Constitution was retired in 1995; while under tow to be scrapped, the liner sank north of the Hawaiian Islands on November 17, 1997; 700 nautical miles (1,300 km).
In popular culture
SS Constitution was featured in several episodes of the situation comedy I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, starting with episode, "Bon Voyage," aired January 16, 1956. Lucy Ricardo missed the ship and had to be ferried by air by a then-novel helicopter.
American movie actress Grace Kelly sailed aboard SS Constitution from New York to Monaco for her wedding to Prince Rainier in 1956.
SS Constitution was featured in the 1957 film, An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Former President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess sailed back to New York from Europe on the Constitution in the summer of 1958. The ship was also featured in the beginning and end of an episode of the Naked City TV series titled "No Naked Ladies in Front of Giovanni's House!" aired April 17, 1963. The ship also featured prominently in the Magnum, P.I. television series episode titled "All Thieves on Deck" aired January 30, 1986.
- Micke Asklander. "T/S Constitution (1951)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2010-01-24.
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- History and photos of Constitution and Independence
- Photo page for Magnum, P.I. episode "All Thieves on Deck"