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SS President WilsonSS Ocean Queen - Cruise ship on the maritime comedy THE GALE STORM SHOW (OH SUSANNA!)/CBS/ABC/1956-60. The SS Ocean Queen crew included Gale Storm as social director Susanna Pomeroy; Roy Roberts as Captain Simon Huxley; Jimmy Fairfax as ship's steward Cedric; Rolfe Sedan as ship's physician Dr. Eugene Reynolds; and ZaSu Pitts as the ship's hairdresser Elvira/Esmerelda "Nugey" Nugent and Susanna's close friend (later souvenir shop salesgirl).

In the opening theme, the ship blasts its horn once; the ships' bell clangs four times; and the show's title is spelled out by the ship's nautical flags. Portions of the series were filmed onboard the real-life cruise ship, the S.S. President Wilson.

Gale Storm - TV GUIDE cover photo
Gale Storm Off on a New Cruise

TRIVIA NOTE: Stats on SS President Wilson:

  • Class Design: P2-SE2-R3. Built 1948 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Alameda California. Hull No. 9510. O/N 255,039.
  • LOA=609'5 3/4",
  • LBP=573'0", B=75'6",
  • D=43'6",
  • Draft=30'2"
  • Displacement=23,504 LT
  • Deadweight=10,431 LT.
  • Gross tonnage=15,359.
  • Cargo capacity: 193,984 Cu Ft.
  • Passengers: 379 first class + 200 economy
  • Speed=20 knots
  • Machinery: Twin screw, turbo electric drive, 20,000 HP. Four CE WT boilers, 625 PSI WP. Laid down as the Navy transport ADMIRAL F.B. UPHAM but redesigned for APL passenger service long before launching. L
  • Launched as President Wilson. Sold to Oceanic Cruise Development, Inc. (C.Y. Tung group) April 27, 1973, renamed ORIENTAL EMPRESS and transferred to the Panamanian flag. After an 8 1/2 year lay up in Hong Kong sold for scrap. Broken up at Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1984.

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