SS Hope

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The SS Hope was a hospital ship operated by Project HOPE (USA).[1]

The Hope was originally built as a US Navy hospital ship, USS Consolation (AH-15). The Consolation was donated to Project Hope in 1958, and served from 1960 until 1974, when she was retired. The SS HOPE was not replaced, and Project HOPE emphasis switched entirely to land-based operations.


One special piece of equipment was a machine called the Iron Cow. Using distilled seawater, combined with milk solids and butterfat, it was capable of turning out 2500 gallons of milk daily.

Works about Hope

  • William B. Walsh, M.D. (1964). A Ship called Hope. Dutton. OCLC 1374141. 
  • William B. Walsh, M.D. (1966). Yanqui, come back! The story of Hope in Peru. Dutton. OCLC 881451. 
  • William B. Walsh, M.D. (1970). Hope in the East: the mission to Ceylon. Dutton. 
  • William B. Walsh, M.D.; Meltzer, Richard S, Lucey, Dennis (1974). Medicine and the satellite: a description of the 1973 satellite experiments aboard the S.S. Hope. Project Hope. 
  • NBC Documentary film - Fred Rheinstein (director), Ralph Bellamy