SS 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 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",
- 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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