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SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship

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Address: 705 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602-5600
Phone Number: +1 813-228-8766
12:00 - 17:00
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So much history preserved for future generations from WWII

Its hard to imagine what anything from WWII was like but here you can experience it first hand. This nicely restored and maintained treasure is docked for all to enjoy. There are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ruthann K
Palos Hills, Illinois, United States
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Champaign, Illinois
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you airboats l appreciate military history you'll enjoy this. Well preserved and friendly staff it was fun to learn about the ship and our history. You might be able to find a Groupon as well

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Palos Hills, Illinois, United States
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its hard to imagine what anything from WWII was like but here you can experience it first hand. This nicely restored and maintained treasure is docked for all to enjoy. There are plaques describing what each room it and its purpose. You can just imagine the place filled with young men doing their jobs on board this freighter. By today's... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I toured one of four WW 11 ships of the Merhant Marines. As a retied Sailor I was impressed with the ship. The main engines, (600 lb. steam) looked small but top speed is only 17 knots! not what I am used to. We were impressed but be advised there are a LOT of ladders, steps, to... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went along to The American Victory with my two sons, both in their 20's. This was "dads part of the trip". We all had a great time, me because I was interested in the ship anyway but my sons because of the chats with the volunteers we met as we wandered around her. These guys were more than happy... More 

Thank Greyareas
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I've visited ships in San Diego and N.Y. City. The American Victory doesn't measure up. Although the history of the ship is interesting, the ship itself isn't much, and it is still in need of more restoration. The ship is hidden behind the Aquarium, with very poor signage.

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North Port, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Best Halloween event ever!!! Includes super scary special effects and live actors. Takes about a half an hour to tour the haunted ship. These folks know how to do a haunted "house". Well organized and fun! Parking at aquarium lot was pricey at $10 for about 45 minutes so if you can take public transportation you'll save $$. Highly recommended!!!

Thank Eve A
Long Island City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a work in progress - although they have already restored a great deal of this ship. The SS American Victory served in WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War and gives a very good idea of what life and work were like on a naval ship. If you happen to be visiting Tampa I would recommend a visit. Very... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I supposed I was expecting it to be in better shape. I think the money has gone into making her seaworthy for December of this year but the state of her decks, lifeboats and anything on deck is in very bad shape. It needs a lot of money and tens of thousands of volunteer hours if she is ever to... More 

Thank Baxterthetravelguy
Fort Worth
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39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

My husband is a navy veteran, so we enjoy visiting old ships. There aren't a ton left from WW2 and this one was a Merchant Marine ship. The Merchant Marines don't get a whole lot of recognition for their contributions during the war so I'm glad to see them being shown here. Sadly, the displays on the ship aren't necessarily... More 

Thank notfromtexas71
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This was well worth the trip. I thought there was a guided tour, but when we went we made our own tour and were able to walk all over. I wish we did have a guide, or people in areas, to give more history as you walk through. But it was still amazing. Brought my 7 yr old and she... More 

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