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Victory Ship SS American Victory - Tampa FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman
N 27° 56.613 W 082° 26.661
17R E 357905 N 3091788
Quick Description: The World War II Victory ship American Victory is now on display in Tampa Florida. She was built in 1945 and carried cargo in the Pacific. She is know one of three operating Victory Ships left out of 534 that were built.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 3:14:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMM57J
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member C4A
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Long Description:
The World War II Victory ship American Victory is now on display in Tampa Florida. She was built in 1945 and carried cargo in the Pacific. She is know one of three operating Victory Ships left out of 534 that were built.The following detailed write up is from (visit link)







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History

Named after American University in Washington, D.C., the ship was built at the California Shipbuilding Yard (Calship) in Los Angeles, California and was delivered on 20 June 1945. American Victory carried cargo in the Pacific until the end of the war, when she collected military equipment from Calcutta and Port Said for return to the United States[3]
Post-WWII Service

From June 1946 until November 1947, American Victory was chartered by American Export Lines, carrying foodstuffs and machinery exported from the United States to Europe under the Marshall Plan. She was then laid up in the Hudson River Reserve Fleet until she was again chartered by commercial shipping lines from 1951 until January 1954, when she entered the Sabine River Reserve Fleet in Texas.[4]

In 1963 plans were made to convert her and 14 other Victory ships to "forward depot" vessels, to be loaded with materiel and stationed near potential flashpoints to provide American forces with pre-positioned supplies. This scheme was cancelled in February 1966 after only three conversions had been carried out. Had American Victory been converted, she would have been renamed USNS Carthage and assigned pennant AG 185.

American Victory was removed from reserve in 1966 and chartered to the Hudson Waterways Corporation, which used her to ferry military equipment to American forces in South Vietnam. She was deactivated again in October 1969 and placed in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia where she remained until 1985. American Victory was then renovated as part of a program to determine the efforts needed to reactivate mothballed Victory ships. In June, after $2.5 million had been spent to bring her up to operational condition, she sailed for just 26 hours before returning to the Reserve Fleet.[4]
Current status
American Victory Name Plaque.jpg

One of several Victory ships due to be scrapped, she was rescued in October 1998 for preservation as a museum ship and memorial. American Victory arrived at Tampa under tow on 16 September 1999. She is now on display and included on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided and self-guided tours of the ship are available, though some areas are off limits for tours, such as the lower areas of the engine room (but visible from a catwalk). Photos of her drydock restoration are hanging in the mess hall. Several rooms, such as the captain's quarters and galley cold storage, have been restored and are decorated in original period memorabilia.[5]

American Victory has been upgraded with modern VHF radio and radar (visible on the command deck), and more modern electronics have been added to the electricians' quarters and radio room, but she is generally in her historic form. Her 3-inch bow mounted deck gun is still in place, although it has been demilitarized. The museum "crew" take pride in the fact that she is a seaworthy vessel.
Starboard view of American Victory

In addition to her floating museum role, American Victory still sails for "Living History Day Cruises".[4]

Of the 534 Victory ships completed, only three remain working: American Victory at Tampa, SS Lane Victory at Los Angeles, and SS Red Oak Victory (AK-235) at Richmond, California.[clarification needed] Until November 2012, a fourth, USNS Range Sentinel, originally USS Sherburne (APA-205), was in storage, but she has been sold for scrapping.[6]

The ship is also used as an operating base for a local United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps unit.

In late 2009, a Facedown Records music video by the Christian metal band Onward To Olympas was shot aboard American Victory for their song, "Sink or Swim".[7]
Type of vessel: Victory Ship built 1945 decommisioned 1966

Admission? Cost?: 20

Date: 7/11/2014

Hours of use: Not listed

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

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