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American Victory


The American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum Ship is a unique and innovative maritime attraction aboard the World War II era merchant ship SS American Victory. Located near downtown Tampa and adjacent to the Florida Aquarium, the memorial creates a world-class museum depicting life aboard Victory and other classes of merchant ships during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. The museum presents maritime artifacts and multimedia exhibits describing life at sea and the important role of Tampa Bay's maritime industry in worldwide commerce.

The museum memorializes Merchant Mariners, U.S. Navy Armed Guard crews, and others who lost their lives building, sailing, and defending Victory and other types of merchant ships. Wreath laying ceremonies are held during regularly scheduled cruises, memorializing the crew of one of the more than 2,000 ships destroyed during World War II. Cruises also feature reenactments of enemy aircraft attacks and shipboard defense measures.

The museum presents interactive maritime educational and environmental programs for visitors of all ages. It also provides a unique, state-of-the-art venue for meetings, reunions, receptions, seminars, and other special events.



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