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Old 21st February 2012, 03:50
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S S Lane Victory

Went to San Pedro today and spent a little time on board the Lane Victory. She has been moved from her berth next to the cruise ship terminal under the Vincent Thomas bridge to the old fuel pier where Sansinena blew up in 1976.

I took a few pix and also some pix of the American Merchant Marine Memorial nearby.
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Old 21st February 2012, 03:53
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Lane Victory...
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Old 21st February 2012, 03:56
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This is the triple expansion engine that was used in the movie 'The Sand Pebbles'. This is in the museum in the forward hold of Lane Victory.
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Old 21st February 2012, 20:35
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One day I will do the day trip out to Santa Catalina island on the Lane Victory. They have the WW2 airplanes flying around her
as a mock dog fight as well.
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Old 21st February 2012, 21:00
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One day I will do the day trip out to Santa Catalina island on the Lane Victory. They have the WW2 airplanes flying around her
as a mock dog fight as well.
That is correct. They do it once or twice a year I think, and the air attack can depend on plane availability, but it is very cool. Not sure now, but pre-9/11 I did it with my family and we enjoyed it muchly. You could go through the wheelhouse ant take the wheel for a couple minutes, and tour the boiler/engine room. My kids loved it. There's a swing band playing and a lunch buffet on deck too.

It's a very nice little cruise.
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Old 21st February 2012, 21:43
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The John Brown has the same tours so don't miss that Liberty Ship.
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The John Brown has the same tours so don't miss that Liberty Ship.
Thanks John.. was just going to post about that.. The revised schedule for cruises just came out.. they've had to change piers this year..

http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/cru...roduction.html

Links to a virtual tour of the engine room on the BROWN -

Upper deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/06.html

Intermediate deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/07.html

Lower deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/08.html
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Thanks John.. was just going to post about that.. The revised schedule for cruises just came out.. they've had to change piers this year..

http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/cru...roduction.html

Links to a virtual tour of the engine room on the BROWN -

Upper deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/06.html

Intermediate deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/07.html

Lower deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/08.html
Cool links...
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Stuck my hand on those bottom ends many times,good three legged, up and down steam engine.

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Thanks John.. was just going to post about that.. The revised schedule for cruises just came out.. they've had to change piers this year..

http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/cru...roduction.html

Links to a virtual tour of the engine room on the BROWN -

Upper deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/06.html

Intermediate deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/07.html

Lower deck in engine room - http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/vtour/08.html

If its available,how about posting the 2013 schedule, I plan to be in Baltimore in October for a 14 day cruise from Baltimore to Jacksonville on a small cruise ship named the Independence. If I have a few hours to spare I would love to make the tour.

John.
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Old 22nd February 2012, 00:26
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And while I am at it plugging the old Liberties and Victory's, don't forget the Jeremiah O!Brian out on the west coast.
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And while I am at it plugging the old Liberties and Victory's, don't forget the Jeremiah O!Brian out on the west coast.
In 2005 rode J.O. to Suisun bay to look at Mispillion...
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And while I am at it plugging the old Liberties and Victory's, don't forget the Jeremiah O!Brian out on the west coast.
During the first few years I was involved with the BROWN, there was a bit of resentment to the O'BRIEN being the "only operating Liberty Ship" or oldest operating Liberty amongst the BROWN crew..

But the BROWN is older by 9 months (launched in Sept. 1942), whereas the O'BRIEN was launched in June 1943.. plus some other stuff.

I went aboard the O'BRIEN in 1994 and though it was nice, self-guided tours were a lot more restricted on that ship than on the BROWN.. pretty much the only places on the BROWN passengers can't get to are the no. 4 and 5 holds, which are used as storage and workshop areas..
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During the first few years I was involved with the BROWN, there was a bit of resentment to the O'BRIEN being the "only operating Liberty Ship" or oldest operating Liberty amongst the BROWN crew..

But the BROWN is older by 9 months (launched in Sept. 1942), whereas the O'BRIEN was launched in June 1943.. plus some other stuff.

I went aboard the O'BRIEN in 1994 and though it was nice, self-guided tours were a lot more restricted on that ship than on the BROWN.. pretty much the only places on the BROWN passengers can't get to are the no. 4 and 5 holds, which are used as storage and workshop areas..
Is the engine room open on Brown? Lane Victory won't let you down there now, at least not without an escort...
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Is the engine room open on Brown? Lane Victory won't let you down there now, at least not without an escort...
During cruises, etc., the Engine Room is one of the most popular stops on the self-guided tour. On work days, etc., if there's someone from the engine room down there, then most likely you can get there.

Send me a PM and I'll give you the ship's telephone number.. call ahead to be safe and make arrangements to get down below.
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During cruises, etc., the Engine Room is one of the most popular stops on the self-guided tour. On work days, etc., if there's someone from the engine room down there, then most likely you can get there.

Send me a PM and I'll give you the ship's telephone number.. call ahead to be safe and make arrangements to get down below.
Thanks for the offer, but I'm on the west coast. I do have access to the website though.

I looked at the pix online. It's a beautiful ship..
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Looking at the engine gave me all kinds of flashbacks as I sailed on four ships with these types of engines,but not many good thoughts swinging that big hammer when dropping the bottom end. They ran like a well tuned sewing machine.

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Looking at the engine gave me all kinds of flashbacks as I sailed on four ships with these types of engines,but not many good thoughts swinging that big hammer when dropping the bottom end. They ran like a well tuned sewing machine.

John.
This will probably give you more flashbacks.. a link to some videos that I shot in the BROWN's engine room in May 2010.. we were to go out on the Chesapeake Bay for a cruise but the wind conditions were such that the master of the BROWN cancelled the cruise. They kept the BROWN pierside for those passengers who wanted to stay aboard for a few hours, etc.

The quality isn't the greatest as I took the videos on my digital camera.. but hey.. close enough for darnit as my wife says -

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ssr481: I've piloted the Jeremiah O'Brien around San Francisco Bay and upriver to Stockton and Sacramento many times, and they always make a special effort to open up the engine room. I recall several years ago when there was talk on the ship of closing it off to guests due to the inherent danger, but the Captain and Chief Engineer were adament that it remain open as they felt it was very important for the public to see the engine. When I had my two daughters aboard and we were going to manuever, I'd always have them go below to watch the engineers roll the engine back and forth as I used the plant to turn around without tug assist. Now that I'm retired, I can't pilot her, and I really miss it.
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