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SS Excambion Collection

Excambion (1931) American Export Lines

Built by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N. J. Tonnage: 9,360. Dimensions: 450' x 61'. Single-screw, 16 knots. Steam turbines. Two masts and one funnel. Renamed: John Penn (1941) United States Navy. Fate: Sunk by Japanese torpedo bomber off Guadalcanal, August 13, 1943. Sister ships: Exeter, Excalibur and Exochorda.

Excambion (1944) American Export Lines

Sailed as the Excambion from 1948 to 1965

Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Sparrows Point, Maryland. Tonnage: 9,644. Dimensions: 451' x 66' (473' O.I.). Steam turbines. Two masts and one funnel. Withdrawn from service recently. Previously Named: Ex-Queens (1948). Sister ships: Excalibur, Exeter and Exochorda. Sale: Acquired by Texas Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1965. Fate: Sunk as an artificial reef off Texas, 17 November 2007.

Passenger's Receipt Forward Reservations, American Export Lines Contract for Passage on the SS Excambion, Departing from New York to Naples Dated 18 January 1938.

1938-01-18 Passage Contract - New York to Naples - SS Excambion

Passenger's Receipt and Contract for passage on the SS Excambion of the American Export Lines for a voyage departing from New York to Naples on 18 January 1938 for an American adult woman.


American Export Lines 1948 Advertisement for The New 4 Aces: SS Excalibur, SS Exochorda, SS Exeter, SS Excambion.

American Export Lines 1948 Advertisement for The New 4 Aces: SS Excalibur, SS Exochorda, SS Exeter, SS Excambion. GGA Image ID # 15f5446f12


Newest... Fastest... Finest American-Flag Passenger Liners in Mediterranean Service

American Export Lines planned these four attractive new liners expressly for Mediterranean travel • • • to assure utmost comfort, convenience and pleasure in an atmosphere of distinctive charm.

They provide a new concept of leisurely living at sea in keeping with modern American standards.

All staterooms are outside, amidships • • • with private bathrooms. Spacious, bright and cheerful, they are distinguished by their beauty and completeness of appointments. One class accommodations only — first class.

By day, they resemble interesting living rooms and by night are transformed for restful sleep with downy oversize beds.

Additional notable features include • • • air conditioning throughout • • • family suites • • • private veranda deck staterooms • • • outdoor tiled pool and other recreational facilities • • • service by specially trained American stewards.

★ ★ ★ ★

A sailing every other Tuesday from New York to Marseilles, Naples, Alexandria, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beirut, Haifa, Alexandria, Piraeus, Naples, Leghorn, Genoa, Marseilles, Boston.

The New "4 Aces"


Beautiful new replacements for our prewar liners of the same names.


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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.