CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1989 |
The merchant ship Lane Victory, a hulking, 455-foot-long, 7,000-ton vessel that had been mothballed near San Francisco for two decades, has made its grand entrance at the Port of Los Angeles, where it is tied up at Berth 55 and is creating quite a stir. The Los Angeles Harbor Department doesn't want it there. But that hasn't stopped a feisty bunch of crusty old seamen who are trying to convert the former cargo ship into a museum that would honor their comrades who died at sea. Last week, the group, members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans World War II, defied port officials and arranged for their ship to be towed to Los Angeles Harbor, knowing they had no place to berth it. "They were towed down from San Francisco, essentially without a place to go," Harbor Department spokeswoman Julia Nagano said.