• Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
  • Yard No.: 197
  • Launched: 1909
  • Maiden Voyage: 26th March, 1909, Hamburg - New York
  • Gross Tonnage: 16,960 tons
  • Length: 588 ft.
  • Beam: 65 ft.
  • Decks: 3
  • Funnels: 2
  • Masts: 4
  • Propellers: 2
  • Engines: 2 x four cylinder quadruple expansion engines
  • Boilers:
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Port of Registry:
  • Carrying Capacity: 239 first class, 224 second class, 496 third class, 1,882 steerage
  • Sister Ships: Cincinnati

Cleveland was built at the Hamburg shipyard of Blohm & Voss in 1909, for the Hamburg Amerika Line. Cleveland departed Hamburg on her maiden voyage to New York, via Southampton and Cherbourg, her actual route, on the 26th March, 1909.

Cleveland was involved in a collision on the 12th January, 1912, with the S.S. Colorado, which was moored in Honolulu, in Hawaii, which was caused by the pilot aboard the Cleveland dropping dead whilst manoeuvring Cleveland, causing a brief loss of control.

Cleveland spent most of World War I laid up at Hamburg, in Germany, and in the March of 1919, she was taken over by the U.S. as a war reparation, and used as troop transport, and renamed Mobile.

In 1920, Mobile was chartered from the Shipping Controller by the White Star Line, and she made two return voyages on the Liverpool, Queenstown and New York route. Later that year, Mobile was purchased by the Byron Steamship Company, and underwent another change of name, becoming King Alexander. King Alexander made her first sailing on the Mediterranean to New York route on the 21st December.

King Alexander was sold again, in 1923, to the United American Line, and renamed Cleveland, and operated on the Hamburg to New York service.

In the June of 1926, Cleveland made her final voyage for the United American Line, and in the August, she was sold back to Hamburg Amerika, keeping the same name.

In 1931, Cleveland was laid up at Hamburg. and was broken up, ironically, in her place of birth, Blohm & Voss,  of Hamburg.


N.B. Image source:  Wikipedia



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