:: SS SANTA ROSA (1957) ::

SS Santa Rosa oceanic passenger liner (1957) High resolution picture

The American passenger liner SS Santa Rosa, launched in 1957 like her sister SS Santa Paula, was a passenger/cargo liner destined to the line between New York and the western coast of South America through the Panama Canal. Both ships entered service that same year with the veteran company Grace Line to replace the two preceding ships of the same name, which had entered service in 1932. The new vessels had capacity for 300 passengers, all in first class, with the chambers and cabins occupying three decks. They flaunted the United States flag and served as passenger liners until 1971, when they were docked for being sold to foreign interests.

The SS Santa Rosa, after twenty years of inactivity and a remodelation as a cruise ship, began a new career with Regency Cruises and later with Louis Cruise Line, which had absorbed the aforementioned company when it went into bankrupt in 1995. Renamed Emerald, she served with LCL until 2010, when she was laid up and placed on the market again. Even if she was a fully updated cruise ship that complied with every regulation, she was finally sold to an Indian shipbreaker. On the other hand, after several years of hesitations the SS Santa Paula had eventually arrived to Kuwait to be used as a grounded hotel ship, starting this service in 1980. This once magnificent ship was turned into junk when Iraqi forces bombed her during the invasion of Kuwait in 1991.

Class: 2 units (Santa Paula, Santa Rosa)

Type: Oceanic passenger liner

Length: 177.84 meters

Beam: 25.6 meters

Draught: 7.92 meters

Displacement: 19364 tonnes

Tonnage (gross register): 15366 tonnes

Propulsion: 2 x shaft, 2 x steam turbine, 3 x two-drum boiler Babcock and Wilcox, 20000 horsepower

Speed (service): 20 knots (37 kilometers/hour)

Range: 10000 nautical miles (18520 kilometers) at cruise speed

Complement: 246

Passengers: 300

Cargo: N/A

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