SS Lane Victory

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SS Lane Victory
Career (United States)
Builder: California Shipbuilding (Calship)
Launched: 1945 Los Angeles, California
Maiden voyage: 27 June 1945
Homeport: San Pedro, California
Fate: Museum ship
General characteristics
Class and type: VC2-S-AP2 Victory Ship
Tonnage: 10,750 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 455 feet
Beam: 62 feet
Draft: 28 feet 6 inches
Speed: 17 knots
Range: 23,500 miles
Capacity: 500,000 cubic feet (approximate)
Complement: 62 United States Merchant Marine and United States Navy Armed Guard
SS Lane Victory
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Location: Berth 4, Port of San Pedro, San Pedro, California
Coordinates: 33°43′16″N 118°16′26″W / 33.72111°N 118.27389°W / 33.72111; -118.27389Coordinates: 33°43′16″N 118°16′26″W / 33.72111°N 118.27389°W / 33.72111; -118.27389
Built/Founded: 1945
Architect: California Shipbuilding Corporation
Added to NRHP: 14 December 1990[1]
Designated NHL: 14 December 1990[2]
NRHP Reference#: 90002222

SS Lane Victory is a Second World War Victory ship which is preserved as a museum ship in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, California. As a rare surviving Victory ship, it is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

She was named after Lane College, which was established as a high school for black youths in 1882 by Isaac Lane, a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Jackson, Tennessee. The school grew into a prominent liberal arts college.

The Lane Victory was built by the California Shipbuilding Corporation in Los Angeles, California and launched on 31 May 1945. On her first voyage, 27 June 1945, Lane Victory carried supplies in the Pacific. She was operated by the American President Lines.

In 1950 the Lane Victory was used to evacuate Korean civilians and U.N. personnel at Wonsan, North Korea during the Korean War. The ship also saw duty during the Vietnam War. In 1970, she was placed in the reserve fleet. Because of her excellent condition, the Maritime Administration decided to set aside the Lane Victory for preservation.

Museum Ship

In 1988, the Lane Victory was acquired by the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II and turned into a museum at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, California. In 1990, the Lane Victory was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Lane Victory is an operational vessel and currently makes six one-day cruises over 3 weekends to Catalina Island each year.

Usage in Hollywood

The ship's wakes were used in the 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic for the ocean liner's wakes.

In 1999 the ship was used in a Ford Super Duty commercial.

The engine housed in the Lane Victory's cargo hold was used as the engine for the USS San Pablo in The Sand Pebbles (film).

"King of the Hill" Returning Japanese: Part 2 (2002) In this episode we see Cotton being sent back to the U.S. aboard the Lane Victory.

See also


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. "LANE VICTORY (Victory Ship)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 

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