Last WWII-Era “Victory” Ship Scheduled to Depart Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet

The Winthrop Victory--the last Victory-class cargo ship in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet--is scheduled to depart the fleet on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at approximately 10:30 a.m. The ship will be taken to a ship repair facility located in San Francisco, where it will be cleaned on drydock of marine growth and loose exterior paint before its long oceangoing journey to a recycling facility in Texas.

The Winthrop Victory is the fourth ship to leave the fleet since October 22, 2009, when Administration officials pledged to clean up the Suisun Bay fleet site. It is one of 534 Victory-class cargo ships built during World War II to carry supplies and war materiel.

The third ship removed, the Rider Victory, was taken to San Francisco on March 8, and will be towed from the ship repair facility to Texas at the end of this week, depending on weather conditions.

What: WWII-Era ship departure Winthrop Victory

When: March 18, 2010, approximately 10:30 a.m.

(Please be advised that departure dates and times are subject to change and are dependent on weather and other conditions.)

Where: Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia, California


Future vessels scheduled for departure from Suisun Bay include the vessel Mission Santa Ynez, on March 31, 2010; a tanker http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanker_(ship) built for the United States Maritime Commission during World War II.

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