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Queens Victory

QUEENS VICTORY

A Victory ship from the California Shipbuilding Corporation and delivered on 1st June 1945 straight to the Reserve Fleet at Suisan Bay.
Her career was totally uneventful as by 2002 she was still in lay-up.
I must assume that she has since gone to the breakers.
This is a poor photog

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The 'Queens Victory' is still in the MARAD Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California and it was announced last week that she is to be broken up at Brownsville, Texas by Esco Industries. The contract is worth almost $1.2 million.
Don't know much about her except that she was activated during the Korean War.

Bruce C
 

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David, I've seen a figure of as much $1.5M for a Liberty ship and a Victory would be higher.
Henry J. Kaiser's yards at Richmond, California built over a quarter of the wartime Maritime Commission's ships and it's said that his facilities would turn out a ship in two thirds of the time and at a fraction of the cost of most other yards. That may be an exageration, but I would guess that the cost depended greatly on the efficiency of the shipyard and really varied considerably.
I wonder if there was a standard set of postwar accounting practices allocating the costs of a wartime only shipyard over the number and types of ships built.

Talking about costs, The Glencannon Press have published two books, one on the Liberties, the other on the Victories. They, no doubt, are first class: large format with hundreds of photos and printed on coated paper. But at $145 and $120 each, you would just about have to mortgage the house to buy the two.
www.glencannon.com/liberty_victory.html

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Bruce
Thanks for that. Exchange rate WW2 roughly $5 to the £, whereas now it`s approx $1.83 to the £. Was it the Kaiser yard that built the Liberty in 3.5 days?
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Bruce
I've had a look at the link you gave. Would I just love those two books?
They sound wonderful but how on earth can they justify $265 for two publications?
I guess I shall have to get an extra lottery ticket this Saturday as even Father Christmas will not be able to stretch to that.
Thanks

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David, the "Peary" went to sea, with cargo, one week after her keel was laid, which to me is amazing.
http://www.liberty-ship.com/html/yards/introduction.html

Stuart, 'tain't funny: Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and their entire family could not stretch that far for my Christmas stocking.

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A little side-trivia...a kung-fu style fight scene was filmed aboard the Queens Victory in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet for the truly awful 1975 James Caan movie "The Killer Elite".
 

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