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
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 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 had a sister ship, SS Constitution, which sank
while under tow in 1997 en route to be scrapped.