Saturday, October 24, 2015

American Victory Ship, Tampa, Florida

We went to tour the American Victory Ship in Tampa Harbor.  It is one of four fully operational WWII merchant ships in the country.  It was built in 1945 at the California shipyard and served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam as a cargo vessel.  It circumnavigated the globe twice.  In 1999, it was towed to Tampa and underwent a $2 million restoration to become a world-class national memorial and museum.  It's mission is to honor the dedicated men and women who provided service during times of peace and war.  

American Victory Ship

Check out the small print to see what this is used for

The ship provides educational opportunities and programs via partnerships with the School District of Hillsborough County and the University of South Florida.  It also acts as a training facility to City and County First Responders, firefighters, police officers, training dogs and U.S. Custom Border Protection and the FBI.  It has received numbers proclamations from Governors and is recognized in the National Register of Historic Places.

The ship is 455 feet long with a beam of 62 feet.  Had a hard time getting it all in one picture. (In the background you can see the cruise ship Norwegian Star. We met two couples who came over from Australia on the ship and are now touring the U.S.)


Life  Boat

It was a very windy day and Jim's hat kept blowing off his head.

This is a port side propeller, taken from the wreck of the German submarine U-352, sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard May, 1942, off Cape Lookout, North Carolina.  It was recovered October 1979.

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