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SS Lakeland Victory sliding down the ways

This collection documents the launching of the SS Lakeland Victory at a California shipyard in July 1945. It includes photographs of the ship sliding down the ways at its launching, photographs of the people involved in the launching ceremony, a program for the ceremony which specifically states the ship was "named in tribute to the city of Lakeland, Florida," a copy of the invocation given by Chaplain James Beamer, and newspaper clippings documenting the ship's launching and later participation in a mission to remove American citizens from China.

The above photograph is the SS Lakeland Victory as it slides down the ways at a Richmond, California shipyard on July 18, 1945. Click here to view photos of the christening ceremony and the program describing the events.

The materials were donated to the Special Collections unit of the Lakeland Public Library by Chaplain Beamer's daughter, Mary Crapanzano in 1998.