American Export Lines History and Ephemera
The Export Steamship Company, formed in 1919, was renamed the American Export Lines five years later. The American Export Lines operated in various corporate formations from 1919 to 1977. They offered both Cargo and Passenger services between New York and the Mediterranean, principally Gibraltar, Cannes, Genoa and Naples.
Other names this steamship line operated as included Export Steamship Corporation, American Export Steamship Corporation, American Export Lines and American Export - Isbrandtsen Lines.
AMERICAN EXPORT LINES provides some 200 scheduled sailings each year from U. S. Norah Atlantic ports. . . featuring big, speedy, modern liners that ply the Sunlane across the Atlantic, where the weather is mild all year 'round. The luxurious, fully sir conditioned Sun-Liners nnd the well-equipped freighters of American Export Lines, serving their routes regularly and frequently, are an unbeatable combination.
S.S. INDEPENDENCE and S.S. CONSTITUTION — 29.500 tons. 22 1/2 knots. Frequent sailings to Gibraltar, Cannes, Genoa, and Naples. Express passenger and freight service.
THE 4 ACES (Excalibur, Exochorda, Exeter, and Excambion) -- Popular, one-class combination passenger-cargo vessels. Sailings every two weeks to Barcelona. Marseilles. Naples. Alexandria. Beirut. Iskenderun. Latakia. Piraeus. Leghorn, and Genoa.
The Excalibur*s entry into service marks resumption of a service that was interrupted by war in 1940. The original Four Aces, which had run in the service from 1930, were requisitioned for war service as United States troop transports.
Three became victims of enemy action and the fourth, no longer fit for passenger service at the war’s end, was disposed of by the government.
The new units, each of which will accommodate 125 passengers in first class only, are undergoing finishing touches at the Bethlehem Steel Company’s New York shipyards. (July 27, 1948 Naval Institute Proceedings p.1323)
30 MODERN FAST CARGO-CARRYING SHIPS IN ALL serving the entire Mediterranean... Spain, Portugal. North Africa. Black Sea, Red Sea, India, Pakistan, Ceylon, and Burma.
American Export Lines Ephemera
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.
Passenger's Receipt and Contract for passage on the SS Excalibur of the American Export Lines for a voyage departing from Genoa to New York on 18 March 1938 for an American adult woman.
Passage Receipt and transportation contract for passage on the SS Vulcania of the Italia Line sailing 1 May 1948 from Alexandria to New York for a 24-year-old American male from Dallas, Texas. American Export Line was acting as a general agent of Italia S.A.N., Genoa.
- Steamship Line: American Export Lines
- Class of Passengers: Tourist
- Date of Departure: 3 July 1954
- Route: Naples to New York via Genoa, Cannes, and Gibraltar
- Commander: Captain Hugh L. Switzer