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San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
S.S. Lane Victory
[Port of Los Angeles]
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> and Marker at Pier 94, Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
1. S.S. Lane Victory and Marker at Pier 94,
Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, California.
 
Inscription.
Panel 1:
1945:
March: Lane Victory is named for the former slave, Isaac Lane, founder of Lane College, in Jackson, Tennessee. The Victory Ship was one of a class of cargo ships designed and built during World War II by the United States Maritime Commission.
June: Sea Trials completed.
June 27: The Lane Victory delivered to the American President Lines by the War Shipping Administration.
July 2: Lane Victory begins her first assignment, World War II.
October 8: Second war supply voyage began.

1946:
February 27: Second voyage ended. Changed from war ship carrying war material, to one carrying humanitarian aid after World War II.
March: Lane Victory charted by American President Lines for delivering the Marshall Plan Aid to Europe.

Panel 2 :
1948
May 11: Lane Victory laid up at Suisan Bay, California, the Navys formal storage yard

1950
October: Lane Victory sailed her first trip in the Korean War
December 5: The Lane Victory rescued over 7,000 Korean men, women and children

1953
October 10: Lane Victory laid up at Suisan Bay, California

Panel 3:
1966
September: Lane Victory
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> Marker - Panel 1 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
2. S.S. Lane Victory Marker - Panel 1
 
commissioned for the Vietnam War

1970
February 17: Lane Victory is laid up at Suisan Bay, California.

1988
October 18: President Ronald Reagan signed a Bill conveying the Lane Victory to the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II (USMMV), saving her for future generations.

Panel 4 :
1989

June 7: Purchased by the USMMV WWII
June 12: The Lane Victory arrived in the Port of Los Angeles Harbor, USMMV volunteers begin the ship restoration.

1990
December 14: The Lane Victory recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

2004
The landmark S.S. Lane Victory houses two museums, conducts Coast Guard testing and hosts annual cruises to Catalina Island. It also has been used on television and in feature films.

N.H.L. Marker:
S.S. Lane Victory
National Historic Landmark

This vessel possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America
1990
National Park Service
United States of America

 
Erected 1990 by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> Marker - Panel 2 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
3. S.S. Lane Victory Marker - Panel 2
 

 
Location. 33° 44.923′ N, 118° 16.438′ W. Marker is in San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Pier 94 east of the Catalina Air-Sea Terminal Heliport. Click for map. Pier 94 is accessible from I-110 and I-710 via the Seaside Freeway (State Rte. 47), west of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, using the off-ramp to Swinford St. and the Catalina Air-Sea Terminal Heliport. Marker is in this post office area: San Pedro CA 90733, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Iowa (BB-61) (approx. half a mile away); Liberty Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fishing Industry Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Harry Bridges Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); U.S.S. Los Angeles (approx. 0.7 miles away); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor (approx. mile away); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial (approx. mile away); World War II Memorial: Propeller from Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Canberra CA-70/CAG-2 (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in San Pedro.
 
Also see . . .
1. HNSA: Lane Victory. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. S.S. Lane Victory. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. WWII U.S. Navy Armed Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> Marker - Panel 3 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
4. S.S. Lane Victory Marker - Panel 3
 

4. Autobiography of Isaac Lane. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> Marker - Panel 4 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
5. S.S. Lane Victory Marker - Panel 4
 
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> National Historic Landmark Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
6. S.S. Lane Victory National Historic Landmark
- plaque mounted below the ship's bell on her quarterdeck.
 
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
7. S.S. Lane Victory
 
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> - view toward the starboard bow from the pier near the Marker panels. Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
8. S.S. Lane Victory - view toward the starboard bow from the pier near the Marker panels.
 
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> wheel house Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
9. S.S. Lane Victory wheel house
 
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> - view aft from the port side Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
10. S.S. Lane Victory - view aft from the port side
signal bridge with the ship's service ribbons displayed on the railing at left.
 
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> - 5" gun mount on fantail Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
11. S.S. Lane Victory - 5" gun mount on fantail
 
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i> - twin 20 mm. gun mount on starboard side. Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
12. S.S. Lane Victory - twin 20 mm. gun mount on starboard side.
 
 
S.S. <i>Lane Victory</i>: the role of U.S.N. Armed Guard sailors as gunners and signalmen on Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
13. S.S. Lane Victory: the role of U.S.N. Armed Guard sailors as gunners and signalmen on
merchant vessels - signage on the signal bridge.
 
 
Port of Los Angeles' giant container cranes - on Terminal Island, across the harbor channel Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
14. Port of Los Angeles' giant container cranes - on Terminal Island, across the harbor channel
from S.S. Lane Victory.
 
 
The Vincent Thomas Bridge linking Long Beach and Terminal Island to San Pedro north of Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
15. The Vincent Thomas Bridge linking Long Beach and Terminal Island to San Pedro north of
S.S. Lane Victory.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 595 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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