Launched: June 20, 1945
At: California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California
Length Overall: 455 feet
Beam: 62 feet
Draft: 28 feet
Gross Volume: 7612 tons
Displacement: 10.750 tons
Armament: One 5-inch 38 caliber gun, one 3-inch/50 caliber gun; eight 20 mm guns
American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship, Inc.
705 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone: (813) 228-8766
Fax: (813) 228-8769
Latitude: 27.943668, Longitude: -82.444102
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SS American Victory was named after American University in Washington, D.C., to honor the school’s contributions to war training and weapons research during both WW I and WW II. From June until September 1945, she carried ammunition and other cargo from U.S. West Coast ports to Southeast Asia. She ferried cargo, equipment and troops back to the U.S. after the war ended.
Between 1946 and 1966, American Victory was chartered to commercial shipping firms, between a two year layup in the Hudson River Reserve Fleet and eight years in the Sabine River Reserve Fleet. From 1966 to 1969, she was chartered to the Hudson Waterways Corporation to support the Vietnam War effort, under the Military Sealift Command. She carried bombs, military equipment and supplies to South Vietnam and Thailand. In September 1967, she was severely battered by Typhoon Diana en route from Japan to South Vietnam.
American Victory was deactivated again in late 1969, and placed in the James River Reserve Fleet. Aside from participating in a government-sponsored Victory Ship Validation Program in 1985, she remained there until being acquired by The Victory Ship, Inc. in April 1999. She was towed to her new home in September 1999. She has been restored to operating condition.