P 610 - SS President Buchanan (Third)

American President Lines (APL)

Length Height Weight Packaging
5.61 in (14.3 cm) 0.88 in (2.23 cm) 69 gm (2.45 oz) Window Box

This is the Tri-ang Minic Ships model of the SS President Buchanan a Mariner Class C4 cargo ship owned and operated by American President Lines between 1959 and 1974.

The Mariner Class C4 cargo ships were designed in the early 1950's for the US Maritime Administration (MARAD), under the leadership of Admiral Edward L. Cochrane, to provide a nucleus of fast sealift capacity for the US Military after the limitations of the World War II era Liberty / Victory Ships were highlighted by the Korean War.

A total of 35 ships were built to the Mariner Class C4 design under a commercial arrangement between the US Maritime Administration and various American shipping lines such as American President Lines, Matson Lines, Pope & Talbot Lines, and Pacific Far East Lines whereby the US government provided some of the funding and the ships were available for call up.

The model is marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, "Modern Edition", model number P 610, and the description "Mariner Class Cargo Ship".


Name: SS President Buchanan
Owner: American President Lines (APL)
Builders: Sun Shipbuilding Co., Chester, Pennsylvania - Yard No. 585
Laid Down:  
Launched: 1953
Displacement: 13,388 deadweight tons
Length (OA): 564 ft ( 171.9 m )
Beam: 76 ft ( 23.2 m )
Draft: 26 ft ( 7.9 m )
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler WT boilers operating at 620 PSI (Wet Pressure), geared powered turbine, single shaft / screw, 19,250 HP
Maximum Speed: 20 knots
Crew: 45
Passengers: 12
Cargo Capacity: 769,949 Cubic Feet / 21,803 Cubic Metres
History: 1974 - sold to Waterman Steamship Co. and renamed CARTER BRAXTON
1978 - transferred to MARAD and renamed HOOSIER MARINER
1983 - laid up in the Reserve Fleet at Beaumont, Texas
Disposal: MARAD Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas

Photograph courtesy of American President Lines (APL)

Further details can be obtained from the following links -