SS Independence was a US built
and flagged ocean liner which entered service in February 1951 for
American Export Lines. Between 1974 and 1982 the vessel sailed as
Oceanic Independence for Atlantic Far East Lines and American Hawaii
Cruises, before reverting to the original name. Independence was then
operated by American Global Line between 1982 and 1996, and again
American Hawaii Cruises until being laid up in San Francisco in 2001.
In 2006 the ship was renamed Oceanic and, after being mothballed for
seven years, left San Francisco for Singapore on February 8, 2008. That
destination was later changed to Dubai, and in 2009 the aged liner left
there under tow as the Platinum II for the shipbreaking yards in Alang,
India. After having been turned away from those scrap yards due to
hazardous materials on board, the then 58-year-old ship was grounded off
Alang. There the rusting ship's hull broke in two aft of the smokestacks
(making refloating impossible) and was scrapped on the spot.
Independence's sister ship, SS Constitution, sank while under tow in
1997 en route to be scrapped.