This is a typing short cut for linking to steamship articles named in the format "SS Shipname (Year)". Since ship names are italicized in article text, linking to them in the usual manner means typing everything twice, such as [[SS Shipname (Year)|SS ''Shipname'' (Year)]]. This template halves that to {{SS|Shipname|Year}}.

Formal Usage

  • {{SS|Ship Name}}
  • {{SS|Ship Name|ID}}, where ID can be the hull number, launch year, or pennant number, as specified in the article title.


Template usage Equivalent wikicode Final result
{{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922}} [[SS City of Los Angeles (1922)|SS ''City of Los Angeles'' (1922)]] SS City of Los Angeles (1922)
{{SS|Morro Castle}} [[SS Morro Castle|SS ''Morro Castle'']] SS Morro Castle

Last example could be used to link to ship index (disambiguation) page

Optional display control parameter

There is an optional third parameter that controls which pieces of text are displayed in the article. Its value is treated as a binary number and will display the corresponding "bits". So setting the 4's bit will display SS, setting the 2's bit will display the ship name, and setting the 1's bit will display the ID. If binary math isn't your thing, refer to these examples:

Value Parameter(s)
Example Equivalent wikicode Final result
None all {{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922}} [[SS City of Los Angeles (1922) |SS ''City of Los Angeles'' (1922)]] SS City of Los Angeles (1922)
1 3rd {{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922|1}} [[SS City of Los Angeles (1922) |1922]] 1922
2 2nd {{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922|2}} [[SS City of Los Angeles (1922) |''City of Los Angeles'']] City of Los Angeles
3 2nd, 3rd {{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922|3}} <tt>[[SS City of Los Angeles (1922) |''City of Los Angeles'' (1922)]] City of Los Angeles (1922)
4 invalid result <tt>{{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922|4}} [[SS City of Los Angeles (1922) |Invalid Optional Parameter]] Invalid Optional Parameter
5 1st, 3rd {{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922|5}} [[SS City of Los Angeles (1922) |SS (1922)]] SS (1922)
6 1st, 2nd {{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922|6}} [[SS City of Los Angeles (1922) |SS ''City of Los Angeles'']] SS City of Los Angeles
(no 3rd)
{{SS|Morro Castle|3=2}}
Alternate usage: {{SS|Morro Castle||2}}
[[SS Morro Castle|''Morro Castle'']] Morro Castle

N.B.: Be careful with the third parameter if not using the second parameter. In the Morro Castle example above, the "|3=2" means set the third parameter to a value of two, while the alternate syntax shows using a pair of pipes, "||2", to position the value two in the third parameter position.

Using an optional display control parameter value of 6 yields the same results as using {{warship}} to create the same link and text, but saving, coincidentally, 6 characters while editing.

 {{SS|City of Los Angeles|1922|6}} yields the same results as {{warship|SS|City of Los Angeles|1922}}

See also

This template is from Wikipedia. The original template can be viewed at Template:SS/doc.

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