Facts and figures about the America
Overall Length: 220.37 meters (723 feet)
(lengh between perpendiculars: 201,4 meters (660.7 feet))

Extreme Breadth: 28.5 meters (93.3 feet)

Displacement:
America: 35,440 tons
Australis: 36,302 tons

Tonnage:
America: 33,532 GRT
Australis: 34,449 GRT

Net tonnage:
America: 14,773
Australis: 15,536

Draft:
America: max. 10 meters (33 feet)
Australis: max. 10.3 meters (summer draft)
Light draft: 7 meters (22 3/4 feet)

Propulsion:
Engines: 2 triple expansion steam turbines, Company: build by Newport News Shipbuilding with reduction gears of De Laval Steam Turbine Company
Boilers: 6 (three drum express type water tube boilers), Company: Babcock & Wilcox
Propellers: 2 bronze four bladed screws with 6.1 meters  (20 feet) diameter, Company: Cramp Brass and Iron Foundries Co., subsidiary of Baldwin Locomotive Works
Reached 34,000 hp at service speed, 37,400 hp at full steam, 42,850 hp maximum for short period during trials.

Speed:
Service speed: 22.5 knots
Maximum speed: 24.5 knots
Maximum speed reached briefly during test drive: 25.3 knots

Fuel Capacity: ~ 5000 tons
Fuel consumption per day: 256 tons at 22 knots
Fresh water capacity: 5000 tons ~
Daily capacity of the evaporators: ~ 454,000 liters (For passenger use, steam generation and ballast)

Range: 12,000 nautical miles

Decks: 11 (8 passenger decks)

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West Point:

Transported passengers: 505,020
Distance traveled: 436,144 nautical miles
Capacity:
1941: 5000 + passengers
1942-1946: 8000 + passengers
Call sign: NWGB

America:

Atlantic crossings: 576 (238 voyages)
Transported passengers: 476,462
Call sign: WEDI
Lifeboats: 16
box floats: 32 (15 persons each)

Cabins (1940-1941):
First Class: 191 cabins for 543 passengers
Second Class: 142 cabins for 418 passengers
Third Class: 74 cabins for 241 passengers
Crew: 618

Cabins (1946-1961):
First Class: 184 cabins for 519 passengers
Second Class: 140 cabins for 414 passengers
Third Class: 37 cabins for 116 passengers
Crew: 675

Cabins (1961-1964):
First Class: 183 cabins for 516 passengers
Tourist Class: 177 cabins for 532 passengers
Crew: 675

Class names:

1940-1941:
First Class: Class Cabin
Second Class: Tourist Class
Third Class: Third Class

1946-1961
First Class: First Class
Second Class: Cabin Class
Third Class: Tourist Class

1961-1964
First Class: First Class
Tourist Class: Tourist Class

Australis:

Call sign: SXNQ (also HOOJ for some years)

Total Cabins: 761
Cabins with bathroom: 559
8 8 bed
36 6 bed
18 5 bed
193 4 bed
92 3 bed
414 2 Bed

Passenger capacity: 2,246, Maximum (all spare beds taken): 2,435

Crew: ~ 580 as follows:
41 Officers
30 Petty Officers
40 Deck Department
57 Engine Department (technical engineers, machinists, etc.)
409 Hotel Department

Lifeboats: 18
Liferafts: 49
Overall rescue capacity: 3735 persons

Round the world voyages: 61
transported passengers: 261,865

Mediterranean cruises: 13
transported Passengers: 18,252

South pacific cruises: 19
transported Passengers: 31,049

Total: ~ 311,200 passengers

America, Venture Cruise Lines:

Passenger Capacity: ~ 600 - 900
Cruises: 2
transported passengers: ~ 1500

Italis:

Passenger Capacity: 1400
Speed: 18.5 knots
Mediterranean cruises: 3
transported passengers: ~ 3600

Owners:

1940-1941: United States Lines Inc.- flag state: United States
1941 - 1946: United States Navy- flag state: United States
1946 - 1948: U.S. Maritime Comission (America chartered by United States Lines)
1948-1964: United States Lines Inc.- flag state: United States
1964-1978: Chandris Lines (via Okeania SA subsidiary (Greek for Oceania) created especially for Australis)- flag states: Greece-Panama- Greece
1978: Venture Cruise Lines Inc.- flag state: Panama
1978-1980: Chandris Lines (via subsidiary Okeania SA)- flag state: Panama
1980-1984: Compagnie Noga D'Importation et D'Exportation SA (via Inter Commerce Corporation)- flag state: Panama
1984-1993: Pangloss Navigation (via Silver Moon Ferries Ltd.)- flag state: Panama
1993-1994: Chaophraya Developement & Transportation Co. of Thailand (the Chao Phraya River is the third largest river in Thailand and Bangkok's main river)- flag state: Panama
1994 - today: Spanish Ministry of Defence


Titles:

1940-1952: Queen of the American Merchant Marine. (Biggest and fastest ever built passenger liner in the U.S.)
1965 - ?: Largest one-class Liner in the world
1975-1977: World's largest Express Liner.

Name prefixes during career:

S.S.: Steam Ship
U.S.S.: United States Ship
R.H.M.S.: Royal Hellenic Mail Ship

Building time: 680 days

Building costs: ~ $ 17,586,000
Builder's plate , mounted on sun deck underneath the bridge.
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Builders plates in America's engine room.
Removed in 1964 and preserved in a New York museum.
-courtesy of Bill Lee-
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