The Victory ships, run by steam turbines, were larger and faster than the Liberty ships which came before them, the latter being powered by reciprocating engines. This vessel was built in time to take part in the Pacific theater of the war and carried supplies to the South Pacific. It's hard to believe that this old ship is almost 70 years old and still in somewhat good condition. In fact, it actually goes out on cruises. There are deck guns on board much like there were in WWII. There is a museum on board which is in the area where tickets are sold near the gangway. One is free to wander about the vessel on his own and explore the bridge area, cargo holds, crew's and officer's quarters, and other areas. One can enter the engine room area and look down at the machinery. One the day that we were there, there were volunteers on board and one of them took me on a tour of the engine room spaces. If you're a history buff and happen to like ships like I do, you'll take the opportunity to tour this great old ship when you're in Tampa. Better yet, find out when it goes out on a cruise and take a ride on it.
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