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A guide to the VC2-S-AP3 Cargo Ship reference plans, 1907-1976
HDC1308 (SAFR 21367)  
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Description
The VC2-S-AP3 Cargo Ship reference plans collection (SAFR21367, HDC1308) 1907-1976, bulk 1943-1944, consists of blueprints and diazotypes of Reference Plans for VC2-S-AP3 Cargo, or Victory, Ships used during World War II. Other record types are charts, tables, diagrams, booklets of general plans, news clippings, notes, correspondence, periodicals, pamphlets and assembly instructions. Most of the ships were built for the United States Maritime Commission (USMC) by the California Shipbuilding Corporation. George G. Sharp of New York was the Design Agent. Other creators include Westinghouse Electric; Pelham Electrical Manufacturing Corp.; and the Paragon Electric Company; Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corporation, Shipbuilding Division, San Pedro Yard, Terminal Island, California; Foster Design Agency for Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, California; Norfolk Naval Shipyard; United States Coastguard; and the United States Navy. The collection is open for use.
Background
Victory ships were produced in large numbers during World War II. They were designed to replace shipping loses caused by German submarines; they were faster and had stronger hulls than Liberty ships. AP3-type Victory ships had 8,000 horsepower engines. North American shipyards built 141 of this type ship during the war.
Extent
3 linear ft.
Restrictions
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Availability
This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.