Launched on May 31, 1945 the SS Lane Victory was to enjoy a long and illustrious career both as a Victory class transport supplying American troops in all major conflicts fought in East Asia as well as a living history museum and movie prop. Due to its excellent condition, a decision to preserve the ship was taken in 1988, and around the same time the Lane Victory was renovated and most of the asbestos originally used in its construction removed. As a national landmark and living museum, the still sea-worthy vessel is operated by the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II. While it couldn’t make it to France for the 1994 50 year anniversary of the Normandy landings the ship did take part in a mock invasion of the US east coast. It’s regularly used as a training facility for the LA firefighting department, local law enforcement, FBI, and coastguard while also staring in a number of films. Her wakes were used in the 1997 Titanic, and she appeared as a Victory transport in Flags of Our Fathers, Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, The Thin Red Line, and U-571 to name just a few.
88 years old