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.
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.