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President Grant

Hamburg-America Line

Image of ss President Grant (Hamburg-America Line)

Length: 599 ft.
Breadth: 68.2 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 34 ft
Tonnage: 33,000 (gross)
Speed: 14.5 knots
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, (Yard No. 354)
Launched: December 19, 1903
Maiden Voyage: September 14, 1907
Disposition: March 11, 1952 - Sold to Bethlehem Steel Company for scrap.

Port of Registry: Hamburg, Germany
Flag of Registry: German
Funnel color: Buff
Company flag: Blue and white, diagonally quartered; yellow shield at center with black anchor and black HAPAG
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters: D D S
Details: Steel; single funnel; six masts


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Referenced by Edward Wilding in his testimony regarding lifeboat capacity on various steamers.



Launched by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, (Yard No. 354). The ship was originally to be named Servian for the Wilsons & Furness-Leyland Line, a joint service of Wilson & Furness and Frederick Leyland's Leyland Line. The Wilsons & Furness-Leyland Line as well as Frederick Leyland's Leyland line were both purchased by IMM in 1901 and the vessel, as well as a sister, the Scotian, were cancelled. The incomplete ships were laid up until both were purchased and finished for the Hamburg-America Line (HAPAG) in 1907.

December 19, 1903


September 3, 1907

Delivered to the Hamburg-America Line. Named President Grant.

September 14, 1907

Maiden voyage.


Interned at New York.

April 6, 1917

Seized by the U.S Government and turned over to the Navy.

August 2, 1917

Commissioned USS President Grant (ID#-3014)


Placed in commercial service by the United States Lines.


Reacquired by ATS recommissioned USAT Republic

July 22, 1941

Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Republic (AP-33).

January 27, 1945


February 2, 1945

Struck from the Naval Register and laid up.

March 11, 1952

Sold to Bethlehem Steel Company for scrapping.