Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Historic LA Merchant Ship Temporarily Relocating

Due to wharf expansion at nearby berths, the historic Merchant Marine vessel SS Lane Victory is temporarily relocating from its current location at the Port of Los Angeles’ Berth 94 at the Cruise Ship Promenade to Berth 46, according to the port.

The ship is scheduled to remain at Berth 46, just south of Cabrillo Way Marina for about nine months, the port says.

During the move, the ship is scheduled to be closed to all visitors through Sun., Feb. 12, and reopen to the public Mon., Feb. 13.

The SS Lane Victory, which was built in Los Angeles in 1945, served during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. After years of deterioration, volunteers of the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II restored the vessel to its original condition.

It’s now a nationally recognized historic landmark and serves as a museum and memorial to the service and sacrifices of Merchant Marine sailors and Navy Armed Guardsmen.

The ship is relocating to Berth 50 in the port’s East Channel after improvements are completed at that berth later this year; a permanent location for the vessel hasn’t yet been determined, however.