Ships allow humans to cross vast bodies of water or, with the guidance of a completely inept captain, one enormous mountain. Take a successful voyage with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum at its permanent location in the Channelside District (up to a $20 value).
American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum envelopes visitors in ship life and maritime culture on board World War II ship the SS American Victory, which served in three wars after launching in 1945 and is one of the only fully operational WWII ships remaining. Clamor aboard for a self-guided or docent-led tour through the ship's cargo rooms, galley, crew cabins, and encyclopedic barnacle collection. The ship itself is 455 feet long and 109 feet high, containing a total of nine decks and four anchors. Patrons can relive maritime life through photos, uniforms, naval gear, and rare artifacts, equally fascinating to history buffs, casual visitors, and temporally displaced 16th-century merchant sailors alike.
- Renovating the ship as a working mariners’ memorial and museum was a Herculean task that continues today. The Tampa Bay maritime community has gone all out to see the project through. – Charles Fuss, Cigar City Magazine
- I found it to absolutly entralling [sic]. The staff were very helpful and knolagable [sic], answering all of our questions. – nothingsochildish, TripAdvisor
American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum
Since its construction in 1944, the 455-foot SS American Victory has weathered quite a few storms, including World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. From those storms, the steamship developed a rich history filled with stories that echo throughout its three-level cargo holds, hospital, flying bridge, mess halls, crew cabins, and lifeboats. Located in downtown Tampa, behind The Florida Aquarium, the cargo vessel now serves as a museum with exhibits showcasing rare artifacts including photographs, uniforms, medals, documents, and naval gear. Guests on the shipboard museum may take in the history at their own pace with self-guided tours, or book a guided tour led by knowledgeable docents able to walk backward as smoothly as Michael Jackson.