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SS Washington

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SS Washington was a 24,189-ton luxury liner of the United States Lines, named after the US capital city.

She was ordered by Transatlantic Steamship Company and laid down on 20 January 1931 in Shipway O at New York Shipbuilding in Camden, New Jersey. By the time she was launched on 20 August 1932, Transatlantic Steamship's assets had been acquired by International Mercantile Marine Co, and SS Washington went into service for the United States Lines following delivery on 2 May 1933.

At the time of their construction, Washington and her sister ship SS Manhattan, also built by New York Shipbuilding, were the largest liners ever built in the United States, a status they held until the 1939 launch of SS America. Washington and Manhattan were two of the few pure liners built by New York Shipbuilding, which had previously built a large number of cargo liners. Accommodation was 580 in Cabin class, 400 in Tourist, and 150 Third class. Both ships were to garner a reputation for a very high standard of service and luxury.

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