Presidential Prototype Scrap-bound

The 1943-built USNS GENERAL EDWIN D. PATRICK (ex ADMIRAL C.F. HUGHES), last of the P2-SE2-R1 class troop transports (the prototypes of American President Lines’ SS PRESIDENT WILSON and SS PRESIDENT CLEVELAND), has entered BAE Systems’ drydock in San Francisco for keel cleaning en route to her final destination, Brownsville, TX for scrapping.  There were originally eight of these ships commissioned for World War Two trooping service.  The final pair, the would-be ninth and tenth of the series, were built as the aforementioned passenger liners for APL’s transpacific services.  After the PATRICK departs, the GENERAL JOHN S POPE, last of the P2-S2-R2 type transports, will depart her anchorage at Suisuin Bay and follow suit.  Many thanks to James Tagliani for the update and image.

The GENERAL EDWIN D. PATRICK at BAE, preparing for her final journey to the breakers. Photo and copyright James Tagliani 2010.
Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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