Independence was an ocean liner built in 1951 for American
Export Lines. Between 1974 and 1982 she sailed as Oceanic
Independence for Atlantic Far East Lines and American Hawaii
Cruises, after which she reverted to her original name.
Independence was then operated by American Global Line between
1982 and 1996, and again American Hawaii Cruises until 2001 when
she was laid up in San Francisco.
In 2006 the ship was renamed Oceanic and, after being mothballed
for seven years, she left San Francisco for Singapore on 8
February 2008. The destination later changed to Dubai. In 2009
she was renamed Platinum II and left Dubai under tow for the
shipbreaking yards in Alang, India. After having been turned
away from the scrap yards due to hazardous materials she was
grounded off Alang. Later her hull broke in two aft of the
smokestacks, making refloating impossible. She was scrapped
on the spot.
Independence had a sister ship, SS Constitution, which sank
while under tow en route to be scrapped in 1997.