american Dollar Steamship Lines Inc. Ltd. - Robert Dollar & Co. - Dollar Line SS President Hoover (+1937)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam
date built 1931
lifted lifted
weight (tons) 21936  disp (surf)
dimensions 187.4 x 24.7 x 10.4 m
material steel
engine twin screw, steam turbo electric drive manufactured by the General Electric Company, supported by 12 Babcock & Wilcox high pressure boilers, heated by fuel oil.
power 26500  h.p.
speed 20  knots
yard no. 339
IMO/Off. no. 221058
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cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 11/12/1937  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News
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[1] General Electric Co.
[2] Babcock & Wilcox Co. - B&W
Dollar Steamship Lines Inc. Ltd. - Robert Dollar & Co. - Dollar Line, San Francisco
captain Yardley George W.
no. of crew 324
no. of passengers 990
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Pablobini30/11/2010Just after midnight in the early hours of 11 December 1937, one of the world's most luxurious cruise liners ran aground on Hoishoto Island (now Green Island) off the east coast of the Japanese colony of Formosa.

The American ship was en route from Kobe in Japan to Manila in the US colony of the Philippines. Her name was the SS President Hoover, a jewel in the crown of the Dollar Steamship Line.

A few days later the SS President Hoover was declared a total loss.

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Dollar Steamship Lines Inc. Ltd. - Robert Dollar & Co. - Dollar Line, San Francisco

The Company of the Scottish born Robert Dollar, founded in 1895 and settled at California. All ships were called President or Dollar.
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 Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), originally Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company (NNS&DD), was the largest privately-owned shipyard in the United States prior to being purchased by Northrop Grumman in 2001. Known as Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN), and later Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News (NGSB-NN), the company was located in Newport News, Virginia, and often participates in projects with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, also located adjacent to Hampton Roads.

The shipyard is a major employer not only for the lower Virginia Peninsula, but also portions of Hampton Roads south of the James River and the harbor, portions of the Middle Peninsula region, and even some northeastern counties of North Carolina

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Babcock & Wilcox Co. - B&W
In 1867 Stephen Wilcox and partner George Herman Babcock patented the Babcock & Wilcox Non-Explosive Boiler, which used tubing to generate higher pressures and was more efficient than existing designs. In 1891, Babcock & Wilcox Ltd is established as a separate United Kingdom company, to be responsible for all sales outside the US and Cuba.
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