S.S. Lane Victory San Pedro, California
Built in 1945, here in Los Angeles, CA, the S.S. Lane Victory served with distinction during World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War as well as in times of peace as part of the merchant fleet. After years of deterioration in mothballs, it took countless hours of restoration to put her back into her original condition by volunteers of the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II. A nationally recognized historic landmark, the S.S. Lane Victory now serves as a living museum and memorial to the service and sacrifices of all Merchant Marine sailors and Navy Armed Guardsmen. Several times each summer she sails into the past on one of her "Victory At Sea" cruises where "old salts" can reminisce, about adventures past, and younger generations can catch a glimpse of bygone times.
The ship itself is epic. When you step off the gang plank and on to the deck - there is a sense of history in the air. This was our first time on the S.S. Lane Victory and we were so excited to have been given permission to investigate this ship. We were'nt exactly sure of what to expect aboard given its varied and rich history in three wars. Our contact and guide at the ship, Christopher, was awesome. He gave us a great in depth tour of the ship from stem to stern and every deck. We learned some important historical facts on our intitial walk through - the Lane Victory was part of one of the largest refugee rescues in the Korean War - over 7,000 men, women and children. The S.S. Lane Victory has seen some incredible things in its lifetime and gathered up some interesting energies within its hull.
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