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Photographer:jan_t [View profile]Title:ClevelandAdded:Sep 13, 2007
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1960-1969 (Over 3000gt)
This is a ship that really justifies getting up at quarter past five in the morning and driving from Hamburg to the Kiel Canal on a murky Wednesday morning: The US-flagged CLEVELAND is seen here on her passage from Kiel to the River Elbe. The ship had only just finished its eastbound passage through the Canal, when – for some reason unknown to me – it was ordererd back to the North Sea. So the vessel dropped anchor in the Kiel Fjord and re-entered the Canal just a few hours later. CLEVELAND’s westbound passage started at three in the morning. Since a passage takes at least six hours, there was some chance for a nice shot in the western parrt of the canal. The picture shows CLEVELAND in the early morning hours, passing the siding at Kudensee, only a few miles from the Canal’s western locks at Brunsbüttel. Who would have thought: A 1969-built steamer in the canal! The picture was taken on March 15th 2006. For more ship pictures from Hamburg and Northern Europe visit and check out
IMO Number 6916873 | Callsign KGXA | Former Names: President Cleveland, American Mail | Owner: Victory Maritime Inc | Manager: Sealift LLC | Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia, united States | Shiptype: General Cargo Vessel | Year Of Build 1969 | Flag: United States of America | Gross Tonnage: 15,949 | Net Tonnage 10,002 | Deadweight 22,536 | Length: 184.41m | Breadth 25.05m | Draught: 10.68m
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- American Mail (Until 1978)
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:16,563 tons
Summer DWT:22,536 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1969
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Carey Akin on Oct 16, 2007 16:50 (11 years ago)
Back when I was a Class Surveyor, I did surveys on both the Cleveland and the Wilson. It was really great to see ships like this still sailing.
Brent on Mar 15, 2006 17:39 (12 years ago)
Great shot of a great ship.


Marc Piché on Mar 15, 2006 12:08 (12 years ago)
It's always a delight to see CLEVELAND or her sister WILSON pop up occasionally on these pages as these two ships are the sole active remnants of the once numerous US post-war-built series of steamers for various companies such as American Export, Farrell, Moore-McCormack, American Mail, States Marine, Lykes, Grace, American President, Pacific Far-East and US Lines to name a few, well-established companies which have now all but disappeared.
Thanks for getting up early to record this unique moment for us.


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