Ship Model United States Victory

United States Victory was constructed in 1944 for wartime cargo service at the California Shipbuilding Corporation, which was created specifically for the WWII shipbuilding effort. It measured 455 feet 3 inches in length, 62 feet in beam, and 10, 757 tons. United States Victory was used as a troopship during the war and in 1945/46 it exchanged prisoners, taking German POWS to Le Havre, France, picking up American troops in Bremerhaven, Germany and returning them to the United States. In 1947 the ship was sold into private ownership. It was scrapped in 1971.
The WW2 Victory ship was built to carry more cargo and operate faster than the earlier Liberty Ship. The first Victory was delivered in February 1944; by November that year, 82 of them were commissioned. After Pearl Harbor, many Victory ships were converted to transport vessels, and they saw heavy service in the Pacific. Liberty ships were designed for fast mass construction to meet the demand for the cargo space necessary to supply allied forces abroad. They were manned by merchant marine crews and also carried naval gun crews. After the war, some of the ships were scrapped, but many others were sold as surplus property and used to transport products around the world.
This model was built by the Boucher Model Company of New York in 1946 and acquired by the Insurance Company of North America by 1950.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ship model
date made
Boucher, Fred
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 56 in x 9 in; 35.56 cm x 142.24 cm x 22.86 cm
hull: 6 1/2 in x 56 in x 9 in; 16.51 cm x 142.24 cm x 22.86 cm
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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