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SS Lake Charles Victory

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SS Lake Charles Victory
SS Lake Charles Victory.jpg
photo of a sister Victory ship
History
Name SS Lake Charles Victory
Owner US War Shipping Admint
Builder Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc.- Baltimore Maryland
Launched Feb 1945
In service 1945
Out of service 1946
Fate sold several time, eventually scrapped 1969
General characteristics
Type VC2-S-AP2
Tonnage 7,612 tons
Length 455.3' (138.78m)
Beam 62' (18.90m)
Depth 28'6" (8.69m)
Speed 15 knots



Remarks

Launched 1945 and served in the Pacific Theatre of war. One of 531 ships constructed as part of the better designed Victory series. 414 were used as cargo ships with 97 of them, including Lakes Charles Victory, refitted as troop carriers. Many of these ships were used to return troops nin the Pacific theatre to Australia and the US.


At the completion of the war the Lake Charles Victory was laid up in the James River before being sold to Argentine de Nav. de Ultramar in Buenos Aires who renamed her Argentina Victory. Sold again in 1948 to the Holland America Line of Rotterdam who renamed her SS Akkrumdyk. Sold again in 1962, this time to the Overseas Maritime inc. of Monrovia, Liberia who gave her the name Pacific Comet.


On 20 Nov 1968 she broke down in the Pacific Ocean and had to be towed to Honolulu, but later completed her voyage to Saigon. In 1969 she was scrapped in Taiwan.


Soldiers carried

Labuan to Brisbane 7 - 16 Feb 1946