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The SS William & Mary, was a Victory ship built during World War II by Bethlehem Steel, Fairfield Shipyard, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland.

Service life

William & Mary Victory was part of the series of Victory ships named after educational institutions, in this case the College of William & Mary. Her design type was VC2-S-AP2/WSAT. Her Maritime Commission (MCV) hull number was 652 and her shipyard number was 1597.Ships by shipyard

The William & Mary Victory was lanched and christened on 20 April, 1945. Her sponsor was Miss Eleanor Harvey, the retiring president of the Women Students' Cooperative Government Association at William & Mary and a member of the class of 1945. Naval Air Corps Lieutenant Robert Eastman, an alumnus of the College, pushed the button that released the ship into the water. Edie Harwood, incoming president of the Women Students' Cooperative Government Association, was Miss Harvey's maid of honor.1


The christening bottle for the SS William & Mary Victory and a commemorative scrapbook, both gifts of Eleanor Harvey Rennie '45, are in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in Swem Library at William & Mary. An American flag that was flown on the ship is also available in the SCRC. The flag was a gift of Capt. James Hassell on May 2, 1946.



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A note about the contents of this site

This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.