Goodbye SS Independence

The more adventurous San Franciscan might have noticed this ship docked down in the dogpatch for a few years now.

It is the former SS Independence, and took up residence at Pier 70 in 2006. Launched in 1951 the ship spent almost two decades carry passengers between the United States and Europe – including a 1958 voyage with President Truman and his wife. Later, the Independence was repurposed for leisure cruise duty during the 1980’s and 90s, mostly between islands in Hawaii

A global slump in travel in a post-9/11 world put the ship into extended retirement. That was until a few weeks ago, when surprisingly it took to open water destined for what is rumored to be Dubai, or Norway.

Jonathan Haeber was able to sneak on the ship and document it in all its decaying wonder.


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