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  SS American Victory
USN
VC2-AP2
Victory Ship

10,750 Tons
455' x 62' x 28'
1 x 5"/38 gun
1 x 3"/50 caliber gun
8 x 20 mm guns

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Justin Taylan Feb 20, 2020
Ship History
Built by California Shipbuilding (Calship) at Richmond Shipyards at Permanente Metals (PMC) Yard No. 2 in Richmond, CA under Maritime Commission contract MCV Hull 792 as a Victory Ship VC2-S-AP2. Laid down March 30, 1945. Launched May 24, 1945. Delivered to the Maritime Commission, War Shipping Administration June 20, 1945 under General Agency Agreement to Hammond Shipping Co. Ltd as SS American Victory named after American University with radio call sign KKUI.

Wartime History
During late June 1945, assigned to the U.S. Army at Fort Mason and loaded cargo on the west coast then departed across the Pacific Ocean to Manila Bay and was unloaded at Manila.

Postwar
At the end of the Pacific War, steamed to Shanghai to deliver cargo then during November 1945 to Calcutta then Port Said where she was loaded military cargo to be transported back to the United States. In January 1946 arrived in New York, NY and was unloaded completing a nearly around the world voyage.

On June 29, 1946 chartered to the American Export Lines, Inc. based in New York, NY. On November 27, 1947 to Boland and Cornelius under an agency agreement. On December 19, 1947 returned to the Maritime Commission and placed into the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group.

Display
Today SS American Victory is operated and maintained by the SS American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum docked at the Channel District in Tampa, Florida.

References
NavSource SS American Victory / USNS Carthage (T-AG-185)
SS American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum official website

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Last Updated
June 20, 2020

 

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