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Cruise into history aboard wartime SS Lane Victory cargo ship

July 13, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The SS Lane Victory, a floating museum in San Pedro, operates summer and fall day cruises that harken to the 1940s.
The SS Lane Victory, a floating museum in San Pedro, operates summer and… (Don Kelsen / Los Angeles…)

The SS Lane Victory is San Pedro's other wartime museum ship.

The brawny battleship USS Iowa has been a media darling since it was towed to L.A.'s harbor and opened as a museum on July 7. But the Lane Victory, built in Los Angeles in 1945 as an emergency cargo ship and lovingly restored by U.S. Merchant Marine veterans, has been a floating museum since 1989. The ship also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. And, unlike the Iowa, this one lets you take a spin on it.

The ship, a National Historic  Landmark usually found at Berth 46, plans daylong cruises on the open ocean from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. this summer and fall that are designed to re-create the feel of being transported on a cargo ship.

During the cruise, there's a wreath-laying memorial ceremony to pay tribute to the hundreds of merchant ships lost during World War II. Then you might find a German spy aboard ship and witness the defense of a Luftwaffe air attack. Passengers also can visit the inner workings of the Lane Victory -- the wheel house, the radio room, the onboard museums -- while dancing to swing music from the Yellow Hound Dawg Blues Band.

Dates: Day cruises are scheduled for July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22 and Oct. 20.

Price: The cost is $130 for an adult and $80 for children 15 and younger. It includes a continental breakfast, lunch, access to museum areas of the ship and live music onboard. Tickets may be ordered online or by mail.

Note: For those who don't take the cruise, the Lane Victory is open 9 a.m.-3p.m. daily. Tickets cost $5 per adult and $2 per child to tour the ship.

Contact: SS Lane Victory, (310) 519-9545

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