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The SS President Roosevelt, San Pedro
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Hankey, Roy
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Built by Todd Shipyard in San Pedro as the SS Washington Mail, this ship was delivered to American Mail Lines in early 1962. After nearly 10 years of service, she was lengthened and converted into a container ship by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co. in San Francisco and a couple of years later renamed the SS President Roosevelt on November 26, 1975. Ownership changes continued and the ship was then sold to Delta Lines and renamed the SS Santa Rosa. Two years after that, it was sold once again to U.S. Lines and renamed SS American Builder. After having been laid up for a couple of years, the ship underwent one last conversion in 1989 to become a Maritime Administration crane ship and was given the name SS Equity State. It was then assigned operation control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service to the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) as SS Equity State (ACS-8) in New Orleans, LA. Upon its removal from MSC control and withdrawal from RRF, it was reassigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet on July 28, 2006. Its final disposition was to Brownville, Texas for recycling in 2019.
The stern of the SS President Roosevelt, a container ship, departing the Los Angeles Harbor in December 1975.
1 slide : color ; 5x5 cm.
Photographic color slides
Roy Hankey Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
SS President Roosevelt (Cargo ship)
Cargo ships
San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Harbor (Calif.)
Pacific Ocean
Time Period
Hankey, Roy.

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