SS Mexico Victory

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SS Mexico Victory
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A typical Victory Ship
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fourth ship from left (V7) is Mexico Victory
Name SS Mexico Victory
Owner War Shipping Administration, Luckenbach SS Co operator
Builder California Shipbuilding Company, Los Angeles.
Launched 27 Mar 1944
Completed 19 May 1944
In service 1944
Out of service 1973
Fate scrapped 1973
General characteristics
Type Victory Ship VC2-S-AP3
Tonnage 10,500 tons
Length 455 ft (139 m)
Beam 62 ft (19 m)
Depth 28 ft (8.5 m)
Propulsion single screw
Speed 16.5 knots (30.56 km/h)


The SS Mexico Victory was the 7th Victory ship built during World War II at the Calship facility. She was launched by the California Shipbuilding Company on 27 Mar 1944 and completed on 19 May 1944, 114 days after ber kell was laid down under the Emergency Shipbuilding program.

During WW2 the SS Mexico Victory served in the Pacific Ocean. The Victory ships were designed to replace the earlier Liberty Ships. Liberty ships were designed to be used just for World War II, while Victory ships were designed to last longer and to serve the US Navy after the war. The Victory ship differed from a Liberty ship in that they were: faster, longer and wider, taller, they had a thinner stack set farther toward the superstructure and had a long raised forecastle.

The Mexico Victory spent a short time laid up in 1947, before serving in the Korean War from 1950 until 1953. In 1967 she was sold to Gdynia-America Shipping Lines in Poland and renamed SS Kilinski. Sold again, in 1971 to Poul Christensen in Denmark, she was again renamed, this time to SS Lin. In 1973 she was scrapped in Taiwan.


  • 1 × 5 inch (127 mm)/38 caliber gun
  • 1 × 3 inch (76 mm)/50 caliber gun
  • 8 × 20 mm Oerlikon

Soldiers carried

Cairns to Aitape, New Guinea 28 October - 1 November 1944

Cairns to Aitape, New Guinea 29 December 1944 - 3 January 1945