SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship, Tampa

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Military Museum · Hidden Gem · Ship
In 1944, 531 ships were built and of those, 414 were cargo ships and the remainder was transports. 272 were 6000 HP engines and the balance boasted 8000 HP. 150 were named after schools and universities, 20 were named after countries and the rest reflected geographic names. On January 12, 1944, the very first Victory Ship, named the United Victory, was launched.

The world-class SS American Victory was built in 55 days and was delivered to the U.S. War Shipping Administration by the California Shipbuilding Yard on May 24, 1945. After serving in WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the ship went through a $2.5 million restoration in June 1985. In October, 1996, Captain John C. Timmel learned the SS American Victory was earmarked for scrap if not acquired for memorial purposes. Feeling that a museum would be feasible in Tampa, FL and that it would act as a purveyor or maritime memories, the ship was towed from Virginia to its permanent location in the Channelside District in downtown Tampa. Currently, the SS American Victory is only one of 3 fully-functioning ships in the country.

Aboard the American Victory Ship, visitors can come aboard a fully-functioning 1940s era steamship. They experience an unforgettable voyage of discovery and relive history by visiting cavernous three level cargo holds, radio and gyro rooms, hospital, galley, weaponry, steering stations, flying bridge, signaling equipment, wheelhouse, mess halls, engine room, crew cabins, lifeboats and cargo equipment, then gaze upon photographs, uniforms, medals, documents and naval equipment.
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  • Our experience here was amazing! The walking tour was at our leisure, was able to soak in all the history. We even found a room on the ship with AIR CONDITIONING for when you need a break. There was.....  more »
  • A delightful museum with very knowledgeable staff. The exhibits really bring to life what it must have been like working on the ship during wartime. a Give at least an hour and a half to see it all...  more »
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  • It’s great to see a part of history that is living on and still set sail!! Go early in the summer as it gets extremely hot onboard.....their are a few areas that are air conditioned so you can cool off but most is not. Their are gorgeous views of the area from up top side of the ship. The movies are worth watching and have many facts that you may not have known!! Price is $10 but veterans and military get half price, definitely worth a look!! Would love to sail on this ship when it takes a trip out to sea!!
  • We visited this WWll on a slow Sunday. I am in a cast with crutches so I wasn't expecting to be able to tour it in its entirety just going along with family. To my surprise the nice man at the front didn't charge because of it. I stayed and toured most of the main deck but my kids had a good time and really enjoyed the tour.

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