And then it came in full view. The USS American Victory, one of only 4 fully operational World War II ships in the US.
It was a military cargo ship and was built toward the end of the war. It was a self-guided tour, and not many people at all, so it was like we had the complete run of the place. A couple of areas were roped off, the engine room being one of them, but for the most part it was open and accessable.
What caught my eye from the Tampa Aquarium. I come from a long line of seamen so naturally this piqued my interest.
Approaching the USS American Vistory and ahead of her was the Carnival line Legend preparing to set sail.
View of the aft. Or is that the stern? Poop deck?
This ship takes 2 annual crosses each year. For $99.00 you can go with her on a cruise, and I guess they have fly-overs and things. I'd sure like to do that.
Inside the ship which also serves as a maritime Museum was this propeller from the German U-Boat 352, sunk off the coast of North Carolina by the Coast Guard Cutter Icarus on May 9, 1942.
Looking down into the hold area.
Below those beams is the hold or cargo compartments.
A lifeboat on display.
Apparently a popular drawing during WWII.
On deck, looking toward the rear, with lots of rope neatly arranged.
View from ship.
Faded banners on the bridge.
Winches are still operational.
Forward gun. That's the Legend on the left.
Big honking anchor.
More sleeping areas.
This was a dumbwaiter in the kitchen designed to bring meals to all decks.
Kensie looking at a shower area.
More sleeping berths.
Looking down into the engine room.
This area going down to the engine area was roped off.
There is one of the engines.
Kitchen, or galley. See I told you I came from seaman lineage. I can even speak the language.
TOMORROW WE WILL CONTINUE AND CONCLUDE THE TOUR OF THE USS AMERICAN VICTORY.